Blast begin postseason push Friday at Syracuse

March 06, 2014 | WNST Staff


MISL Playoffs Game 1:  Friday, March 7th   

Just the Facts:

Friday, March 7th

Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights

Oncenter War Memorial Arena, 7:30pm EST.



2013-14: 3-1

All Time: 11-3




The Baltimore Blast enter the playoff as the number one seed and are matched against the number four seed, Syracuse Silver Knights. The play-off which begins Friday in Syracuse is a best two out of three series. game 2 is in Baltimore on Tuesday March 11th at 7:35pm. If each team wins a game, game 3 will be played immediately after game 2 on Tuesday. The length of game 3 is 15 minutes. The Blast have played the Silver Knights 4 times this year and have a 3-1 record in these games.


Regular Season Wrap Up:

The Blast finished the regular season in first place with a 17-3 record. Baltimore scored 309 points this season while only allowing 101 points against them. Offensively, the Blast finished 3rd in the league in total points. The following are the offensive leaders for Baltimore this season:


Total Points                            Goals                                        Assists

Mike Lookingland (56)         Tony Donatelli   (19)               Mike Lookingland (18)

Tony Donatelli (48)               Mike Lookingland (17)           Lucas Roque (12)

Max Ferdinand (43)              Max Ferdinand (17)                Pat Healey (10)


Defensively, the Blast had a record setting season allowing only 101 points. William Vanzela led the league with a 5.57 points against average. Mike Lookingland (33) and Pat Healey (31) were 1st and 2nd in the league in blocks. J.T. Noone was third on the team in blocks with 15. The Blast also finished 1st in the league in power play defense with 80%.


The Competition:

The Syracuse Silver Knights reached the playoffs for the first time as they complete their 3rd season in the MISL. Syracuse finished 12-8 in the regular season as they scored 278 points and allowed 223 points. They also finished first in the league in power play offense with at 46% success rate. Offensively, Kenardo Forbes led the team with 67 points while Machel Millwood had 58.  The defense was led by Nelson Santana; he recorded 42 points and 29 Blocks. The Silver Knight’s goalie, Brian O’Quinn enters the matchup with a .775 save percentage. Syracuse is coached by Tommy Tanner and Joe Papaleo.


Wave Series:

The Milwaukee Wave will face the Missouri Comets in Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals after dropping the season finale to the Comets 9-4 last Sunday. Milwaukee (16-4) is the No. 2 seed and Missouri (14-6) is the No. 3 seed. The first leg of the two-game series is at 3:10 p.m. Sunday at the Indpendence Events Center in Missouri. Milwaukee hosts Game 2 at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10. If the teams split, they’ll play a 15-minute “mini-game” to break the tie.

Upcoming Playoff Games: 

Game 2: Tuesday, March 11th vs. Syracuse Silver Knights @ 7:35pm (Baltimore Arena)