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2007 MLL Championship Game Special Report


August 26th, 2007 4:16 PM EST - Rochester New York

Story by: SimplyLacrosse.com

The 2007 NB ZIP Major League Lacrosse Championship Game was played under partly cloudy skies and warm and humid temperatures today in Rochester New York. The professional men's lacrosse outdoor field championship game got underway for the seventh time at approximately 1:00 PM Eastern time on Sunday August, 26th. The number 1 seeded and defending champion Philadelphia Barrage came out and Scored first 1:06 seconds into the opening period (13:54), but in typical MLL style the #2 seeded LA Riptide answered 22 seconds later to even things up at 1-1. At (10:02) the Riptide’s Graham Gill scored to give LA the lead 2-1 But the defending champs were not going to be outdone that easy and Jed Prossner scored 39 seconds later (9:23) to even it back up again.

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Play was fast and furious and Terry Reardon with 6:40 left in the first gave LA the lead again 3-2. But for the very reason that Lacrosse is gaining so much popularity around the world at 5:59 remaining in the first the Barrage’s Seth Goldberg came right back again to tie it up at 3-3 just 21 seconds later. Not to be outdone Roy Colsey quickly struck again 1:08 seconds later to give Philly the lead 4-3. At 3:31 to go in the first Kyle Sweeney got leveled on a vicious check by the Riptide midfield, but he didn’t lose the ball, fought his way up off of his back, and scrambled 25 yards for a terrific long pole score to grow the Barrage lead to 5-3. The final three minutes of the first period were fought evenly, but at 1:58 to go in the first Barrage goalie “Doc” Dougherty went out of the game after taking a wicked Riptide shot to his midsection. But he was able to resume play to start the second quarter.

The 2007 MLL Championship game second quarter started with the teams battling furiously back and forth until at 11:52 remaining of the 2nd Colsey fired a 1 point shot from just inside 2 point territory to extend Philly’s lead to 3 points as the score grew to 6-3 in favor of the Barrage. But the Riptide were not done. Midway through the second period LA scored again in what would ultimately start a 3 goal run. At 5:28 to go in the period on a terrific assist from Matt Ogelsby, Jeff Reardon scored to bring the Riptide to within one, and Downey tied it up :47 seconds later to bring the score back to 6-6. But just as it felt that the Riptide may be gaining control Michael Springer gave Philly the lead once again when he scored at 3:48 to go in the first. Midfielder Bobby Horsey padded the lead with a quick follow up score and with :05 seconds to go on the quarter Ryan Boyle made a tremendous play to recover the ball flip it to teammate Seth Goldberg to extend the Barrage advantage back to three goals to end the half 9-6 in favor of the Barrage.

The LA Riptide came out of the half time break very physical and they physically dominated the 2007 MLL Championship game third quarter and out hustled the champs for the majority of the quarter. JJ Morrissey started the Riptide comeback with a goal at 12:50 of the third quarter to make the score 7-9. Matt Casey added a goal to make the score 8-9 in favor of Philly. Seth Goldberg scored his third goal and Ryan Boyle followed a little over a minute later to extend the Barrage lead back to 11-8. But LA just kept coming and with 7:52 remaining in the third period Spencer Ford made an excellent feed to Downing who scored again for the Riptide. Terry Reardon added a goal a minute and a half later and then with 1:42 left in the third Wes Green made a nice pass to Downing who scored his third goal of the day to tie it back up at 11-11. Barrage goalie Brian Dougherty was removed from goal by Coach Tony Resch and replaced by Kevin Keenan.

The 2007 MLL Championship game fourth quarter fot away with Keenan remaining in goal, and the defenses appeared to tighten up control of things until at 10:20 remaining in the game on a low sidearm shot Chaz Woodson gave the riptide the lead. But that lead was short lived when former free style champion Matt Streibel tied it back up 12-12. What a game!

At 7:39 to go in the game the Barrage started a power play opportunity following a riptide interference call.
“Doc” Dougherty went back into the game at goal for Philadelphia. At 7:04 to go Roy Colsey scored on the power play to give the barrage the lead again 13-12. But LA was not going to die without a fight and on the ensuing face off LA won possession and Spencer Ford scored again less than 20 seconds later.

Matt Streibel who had a terrific game scored his 2nd goal of the day, and gave Philly the lead once again 14-13 with 5:43 to go in the game. At 2:02 to go in the game Streibel added his third goal and sixth point on a power play to seal the deal for Philadelphia. Never the less to add good measure the Barrage won possession of the ensuing face off with 1:40 to go, and still in the power play and Jed Prossner scored the final goal of the game to give Philadelphia and the MLL its first two time champion with the 16-13 victory.

The 2007 MLL Championship game was a very fun and exciting game. SimplyLacrosse.com elects Matt Streibel as the player of the game, and congratulates the Philadelphia Barrage on their back to back championships. SL would also like to congratulate the LA riptide for a tremendous season and thank both teams for such a wonderful tournament and championship.

Things are looking bright for the MLL and the 2007 MLL Championship game was great, and we can’t wait for 2008.

Thanks again guys!



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