Langtry Ignites Lizards' Rally Past Charlotte
from staff reports
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Midfielder Brian Langtry scored two of his game-high three goals in the second half as the Long Island Lizards overcame a one-goal halftime deficit to edge the Charlotte Hounds by a 13-9 margin at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.
Langtry, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, tallied both of his second-half goals in the third quarter to ignite the Lizards' comeback.
After the Hounds sprinted out to a quick 3-0 lead in the game's first five minutes, the Lizards answered with back-to-back markers from Langtry and rookie attackman Matt Gibson to narrow the margin to 3-2 with 4:33 remaining in the opening stanza.
|Brian Langtry scored three goals,
two in the third quarter, as Long Island came back to beat the
Charlotte Hounds on Saturday night on Long Island.
© Lee Weissman
But, the Hounds answered with 28 seconds left in the period as attackman Eric Lusby converted a feed from midfielder Stephen Berger to extend the advantage to 4-2.
Charlotte upped its cushion to 6-2 in the first 90 seconds of the second quarter with a pair of goals from Berger and defenseman Ricky Pages. But, the Lizards answered by scoring four of the next five goals to trim the margin to 7-6 at the intermission.
After midfielder Brian Carroll gave Charlotte an 8-6 advantage just 43 seconds into the third quarter, Langtry sparked a five-goal run by the Lizards with back-to-back goals just 52 seconds apart in the closing minutes of the third quarter.
A goal by midfielder Greg Gurenlian and two markers from attackman Max Seibald completed the Lizards' run and gave Long Island an 11-8 lead with 11:01 remaining in regulation.
With 8:46 remaining, midfielder Kevin Kaminski ended a nearly 23-minute scoring drought for the Hounds, closing the margin to 11-9. But, the Lizards used goals from rookie attackman Tommy Palasek and attackman Grant Catalino to secure the victory.
While Langtry led the Lizards with his three-goal effort, Gibson scored two goals with two assists while Catalino and Seibald each added a pair of goals.
Attackman Billy BItter led the Hounds with two goals while Berger and Kaminski each tallied a goal with an assist.
News and Notes
Charlotte attackman Jeremy Boltus, the 2011 MLL rookie of the year, left the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed right knee injury and did not return. Boltus was chasing a defender and slipped. He said on Twitter on Sunday morning: "Appreciate all the kind thoughts and messages everyone had to stay. Stayin optimistic about the whole situation, only gonna come back stronger."
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