The New York Lizards get back on track and beat the Hamilton Nationals.
Authored by Ryan Zunner on June 17, 2013
The Hamilton Nationals dropped their second game in a row, this time at the hands of the New York Lizards. A final score of 12-10, on Thursday in some great MLL action. This pushes Hamilton back to 5-2, while New York gets a much needed win to get to 3-4.
This was a great game, on both sides. Surprising enough, Dillion Ward got the start over Brett Queener in goal after joining the team that day.
It was a battle back and forth for much of the second half, but it all started in the first quarter, when Max Seibald was able to hammer one home, followed up by Stephen Peyser, giving NY the early 2-0 lead. It was however short lived, as Hamilton went on a three goal spree, Kevin Crowley, Cody Jamieson, and Kevin Cunningham were all able to put one behind Drew Adams. Two minutes later, David Earl got one in for the hometown team, tying it up 3-3, only to be spoiled a minute later by Crowley. With that goal, it ended the quarter 4-3 in favor of Hamilton.
The second is where Hamilton really lost it, and tell you the truth, I have no idea what the heck happened to the Nats. Hamilton was playing great in the first, then just looked like the team again who lost 22-9 a week ago. This is due to New York, going on an unanswered, five goal run throughout the quarter. Goals came from Pannell, Skudin, Unterstein, Costabile, and Palasek. This ended the quarter 8-4 NY.
Now in the third, Hamilton really needed to come out guns blazing, but they really didn't. They were able to match their opponents goals in the quarter, at three, but you have to do better than that, because they're still down by four at the end of the quarter, 11-7 NY.
In the fourth, Hamilton again needed to step it up a lot, and they only partially did it. It was promising to see Keogh and Crowley put them in the net, only three minutes into the quarter but then Hamilton couldn't score for another nine minutes. That proved detrimental as Hamilton dropped this one 12-10.
So since the 12-10 loss, Hamilton has lost their second in a row, and are now 5-2. Ward played average for a back up, and I think he'll be in that roll throughout the season, becthinking my opinion Queener could have won this one. Hamilton travels back home on the 22nd to face Rochester, while the Lizards will go to Boston to face the Cannons.