By Dan Kopf | 8/21/10 5:28 PM
The #3 Long Island Lizards carried their momentum from the regular season into today’s game, extending their win streak to six games with a 16-12 win over the #2 Denver Outlaws. This win also secured the Lizards a spot in tomorrow’s championship game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
The scoring began early and often for the Lizards who opened up a 2-0 lead over the Outlaws two minutes into the game. Lizards Keith Cromwell and Stephen Berger each scored for the Lizards. The Outlaws soon answered back as Sean DeLaney scored the Outlaws first goal of the day off an assist from Alex Hopmann. The back and forth scoring continued throughout the quarter and it ended with the Lizards holding a 4-3 lead over the Outlaws.
The Outlaws came out on fire in the second quarter netting two straight goals from Dan Hardy and Drew Westervelt. The Lizards Berger stopped Denver’s momentum as he scored his third and fourth goal of the day. Denver then scored three unanswered goals increasing their lead to three. From that point on the Lizards took control of the game scoring eight of the games next ten goals. This gave the Lizards a commanding 14-11 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Lizards continued to increase their lead as Berger and Peyser both scored to start the quarter. Denver finally got back on the board with an unassisted goal by Nate Watkins. The Lizards defense stayed strong by holding the Outlaws scoreless for the rest of the game and clinched a spot in the Championship game.
The Lizards extended their winning streak to six games from a strong effort by the games Bud Light MVP Stephen Berger. Berger led the team with five goals and one assist. The Outlaws trio of Hardy, Mundorf and Seibald each scored two goals in a losing effort.
With the win Long Island advances to the Championship game against Chesapeake. This will mark the fifth time these teams have met in the Championship game. The winner of tomorrow’s game will tie the Philadelphia Barrage for the most titles won by an MLL franchise with three.
The game will be played at 1p.m. tomorrow and can be seen live on ESPN2.