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Cabral to be inducted into Blast Hall of Fame

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Blast have announced that former player Denison Cabral will be inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 22nd. Original Blast Head Coach Kenny Cooper, former players Stan Stamenkovic, Mike Stankovic, Tim Wittman, Bruce Savage, Dave MacWilliams, Joey Fink, Heinz Wirtz, Keith Van Eron, Dominic Mobilio, Billy Ronson, Richard Chinapoo, Cris Vaccaro, Pat Ercoli, Doug Neely, Danny Counce, Rusty Troy, and Tarik Walker are already in the Hall of Fame, along with original MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman. Cabral will be honored in a ceremony during halftime of the Blast game against the Syracuse Silver Knights.

“As I got back into indoor soccer in 1998, Kevin Healey mentioned that Denison Cabral was available.  When I met him, I was impressed with his interpersonal skills as it relates to his team mates and the fans off the field.  Over the 13 years that he played with my team, I viewed him as one of the most skilled prolific scorers in Blast history.  When he would line up to take penalty kicks, it was an absolute that he was going to score and he did!  It has been my pleasure to have him be on our team and I am congratulating him on his induction in to the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame”, said Blast owner Ed Hale.
Denison Cabral played 13 seasons in Baltimore. Cabral, a five-time League All Star  is also ranked first in franchise history in points (941), total goals (445), two point goals (284), one point goals(142), power play goals (85), game winning goals (32), and playoff scoring (81). During his career, Cabral was a 5 time all- league, won 5 championships with the Blast and was the 2003 2008 Championship MVP. Today, he continues his love and knowledge for soccer as enters his 8th year as the President and Director of Coaching of the Denison Cabral Futsal Academy.  Working with boys and girls from ages 4 to 19, the DCFA is one of the strongest organizations of Futsal in Maryland and the country. Recently, U.S. Futsal (USFF) announced that “Cabral, former US National Futsal Team member and indoor soccer star, as the Director of Youth Player Development to head U.S. Futsal’s recently established Youth Development Program.”

I am very honored and humbled to be voted into such an esteemed Hall of Fame next to some of the legends of the sport; “The magician”, Wittman, Mobilio and Walker (long time teammate and friend)… That’s amazing!  I was blessed to have had the best years of my career spent in Baltimore and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I would also like to thank Mr. Hale, his family, Kevin Healey and the entire Blast organization for making me always feel like a part of the Blast family. I would also like to thank all my teammates and especially the Baltimore fans for their years of support. I will always be thankful for this chapter of my professional career and enjoyed it very much. God knows how much I miss all of preparation for games, traveling, back flips, climbing on the boards, and all of the excitement as a player. Lastly, I thank God for the opportunity to have experienced everything I have always dreamed about.” said Cabral.

Kevin Healey, President and General Manager of the Blast added, “Denison was a Hall of Famer for the Blast both on and off the field.  I look forward to the 22nd when Denison receives his well-deserved honor.”

The Blast, 10-3 are traveling to Syracuse tomorrow to play the Silver Knights for the third time this season at 7:30pm at the OnCenter War Memorial Arena. The Blast’s next two home games are Friday February 21st at 7:05pm and Saturday February 22nd at 6:05pm. Single-game tickets cost $22, $19, and $16. They are on sale at the Baltimore Arena Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 410-547-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information on all Blast tickets, call the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.

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Blast return to road Friday against Silver Knights

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff


Blast Travel to Syracuse:  Friday, January 31st

Just the Facts:

Friday, January 31st

Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights

OnCenter War Memorial Arena, 7:30pm EST.






By the Numbers:

Baltimore Blast: 10-3 after win against Rochester

Syracuse Silver Knights: 9-5 after win against Pennsylvania

Tony Donatelli leads the Blast players with 29 points making him tied for 9th in the league. Mike Lookingland (28) is tied for 11th in the league while Max Ferdinand (27), Aduato Neto (25), Marco Mangione (22), and Lucas Roque (21) also sit among league leaders.


1/25 Lancers Game Recap:

The Baltimore Blast defeated the Rochester Lancers last weekend by a score of 17-2. The Blast were led by MISL Player of the Week William Vanzela who had 12 saves and only allowed one goal on Saturday night. Also receiving team of the week honors Aduato Neto scored two goals against the Lancers including a three-pointer.


Defense Wins Games:

Mike Lookingland and Pat Healey have been able to help the Blast defense shut down opponents all season. Lookingland is second in the league with 25 blocks and Healey is close behind in fifth with 22. The Blast lead in league in points against with only 59 on the season. Behind the defense Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela is 7-3 on the year. He is first in the league in points against average (4.84) and first in the league in save percentage (.844).



The Competition:

The Baltimore Blast take on Syracuse for the third time this season with the series at 1-1. The Knights are led by Kenardo Forbes who has 51 points this season including a goal in the previous matchup against the Blast. The Knight’s goalie Brian O’Quinn looks to get his 9th win of the season and comes into the matchup with a .784 save percentage. The Knights are coached by Tommy Tanner.


Upcoming Games: 

Thursday, February 6th at St. Louis Ambush 8:35p.m.

Sunday, February 9th at Missouri Comets 4:10 p.m

Friday, February 21st vs. Pennsylvania Roar 7:05 p.m.

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Blast GK Vanzela honored by MISL

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff

William Vanzela Named MISL Player of the Week

Adauto Neto Honored with Team of the Week Selection


Baltimore: The Major Indoor Soccer League announced on Tuesday that Baltimore Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela has been named the MISL Player of the Week for the 11th week of the 2013-14 regular season. Vanzela claimed his second Player of the Week selection of the season after he allowed only three goals as the Blast took a pair of victories during the weekend.

Vanzela has had an outstanding second season in the MISL and leads the league with a 4.84 goals-against average and .844 save percentage. He added to those totals this past weekend as he made 11 saves in the Blast’s 10-5 win against the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday, and 12 saves in a 17-2 win against the Rochester Lancers on Saturday.

Joining Vanzela on the Team of the Week was his Blast teammate Adauto Neto, who had eight points in Baltimore’s two victories.


MISL Team of the Week

Pos. Player Team Highlights
GK William Vanzela Baltimore Allowed only three goals as Blast won twice
D Brian Harris Missouri Recorded as hat trick as Comets swept past Ambush
D Darren Toby Syracuse Had a pair of goals as Silver Knights downed Roar
F Marcio Leite Milwaukee Fourth-quarter hat trick pushed Wave past St. Louis
F Adauto Neto Baltimore Had eight points as Blast took pair of victories
F Maurcio Salles Rochester Four-goal game led Lancers past Pennsylvania


Honorable Mention – Baltimore: Tony Donatelli, Adriano Dos Santos; Milwaukee: Ian Bennett, Victor Quiroz; Missouri:Stefan St. Louis, Leo Gibson; Pennsylvania: Max Touloute, Jordan Thomas; Rochester: Elliot Fauske, Joey Tavernese;Syracuse: Nelson Santana, Kenardo Forbes.

Vanzela, Neto, and the rest of the Blast will be back in action this Friday when they take on the Syracuse Silver Knights at 7:30 p.m.

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Blast post blowout win to claim weekend sweep

Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff


The Blast took on the Rochester Lancers on Saturday night after a 10-5 win against Syracuse the night before. The Blast defeated the Lancers 17-2 Baltimore ended their double-header weekend undefeated and improved to a 10-3 record.


The beginning of the first quarter started off slow until the final 5 minutes of play. Lucas Roque got the Blast on the board first at 10:07 into the quarter off an assist by Pat Healey. A minute later the Blast got their second goal of the night when Marco Mangione assisted Adriano Dos Santos. At the end of the first quarter the Blast led the Lancers 4-0.


In the second quarter, the Blast kept the ball in the offensive end and scored the third goal of the night with 5:44 left on the clock. Pat Healey picked up the momentum when he assisted Mangione on his first goal of the night.  That was Healey’s fourth assist of the weekend and second of the night. At the end of the first half, the Blast was ahead of the Lancers 6-0.


Tony Donatelli scored his 11th goal of the season 4 minutes into the second half off an assist from Stephen DeRoux. Less than 30 seconds later, Mike Lookingland assisted Mike Deasel for the Blast’s 5th goal of the night. At 9:05 on the clock, Stephen Basso got the Lancers on the board off an assist from Joseph Tavernese.  Two minutes later, Aduato Neto scored off an assist from Stephen DeRoux; his second assist of the night. With 1:12 left in the third quarter, Adriano Dos Santos scored off an assist by Lucio Gonzaga. At the end of the third quarter the Blast was ahead of the Lancers 14-2.


Two minutes into the fourth quarter, Aduato Neto scored a 3-point goal in a power play off an assist from Lookingland. This was Neto’s second goal and Lookingland’s second assist of the night.


The Blast dominated the offensive end this evening; multiple players had several goals and assists. Aduato Neto led offensively with five points; he had one 3-point goal and one two point. Dos Santos had two goals while Healey, DeRoux, and Lookingland all had two assists each.  William Vanzela played an excellent game in the goal and posted 12 saves. The Blast went undefeated this weekend and improved their regular season record, 10-3.


                       1      2     3    4    F

Blast            4      2      8    3    17

Lancers      0      0      2    0    2

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Blast bounce back, top Silver Knights in rematch

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff


After Syracuse broke Baltimore’s 7-game winning streak last Sunday, the Blast came out on top tonight with a victory. The Blast defeated the Silver Knights 10-5 and improved their record to 9-3 on the season.

The game opened with a skillful display of possession and control by both teams. Baltimore’s captain, Mike Lookingland, found the first and only points of the quarter at the 6:45 minute marker, off an assist by Lucas Roque. The quarter ended with the Blast ahead of the Silver Knights 2-0.

Syracuse had come out in the second quarter with guns blazing, applying more pressure on the Blast and speeding up the play of the game. At 4:49 into the quarter, Machal Millwood tied the game after a loose ball in front of the cage. The Blast turned the momentum around at 9:23 into the quarter, as Lucio Gonzaga netted a ball assisted by Adauto Neto, lifting them ahead 4-2. With 18 seconds left in play, Syracuse demonstrated why they are number one in MISL in power plays, as Kenardo Forbes ripped a three point shot to find the back of the net with Deroux out on penalty for Baltimore. However, the Blast’s Tony Donatelli returned the favor with one second left in the half, scoring a dramatic goal assisted by Mike Lookingland and recovering their lead, which stood 6-5 at the end of the second quarter.

Both teams headed into the second half with noticeable energy. Adauto Neto of the Baltimore Blast scored the first and only points of the third quarter from a corner kick by Patrick Healey2:43 in. Both Syracuse’s and Baltimore’s defenses played the rest of the quarter without any penetrating shots from the opposing team, keeping the score at 8-5, Baltimore ahead

Baltimore successfully contained the Syracuse Silver Knights in the final quarter by maintaining their defense and keeping possession; the Blast found another goal at 10:26 in by Adriano Dos Santos, fed off a pass by Patrick Healey, marking his second assist of the game. At the ending blow of the whistle, the Blast chalked up another win with a final score of 10-5.

The Blast displayed another skillful match of soccer against Syracuse and demonstrated their ability to adapt against a challenging team. J.T. Noone led the defense with 3 blocks against the Silver Knights, as William Vanzela played another excellent game in net with 11 shots saved. Offensively, Lookingland, Gonzaga, Donatelli, Neto and Dos Santos each put two points on the board.

Tomorrow night at the Baltimore Arena, the Blast take on the Rochester Lancers for the third time this season. The Blast are 2-0 against the team. Rochester is led offensively by Gary Boughton with 29 points and Doug Miller who is the reigning MISL Most Valuable Player. The Lancers are coached by Josh Rife.

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Blast announce 2013-2014 schedule

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

The 34th Season of Indoor Soccer Begins in Baltimore on November 23rd

MISL NEWS RELEASE: Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 MISL Announces 2013-14 Opening Dates

Baltimore – The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) released its 2013-14 home openers today, with the full 70-game schedule expected to be announced in the next two weeks. The action is slated to kick off on Friday, November 15th. The Baltimore Blast will open the season at Home against rival, Milwaukee Wave on Saturday November 23rd. The game will be played at the Baltimore Arena with a 7:35pm start time.

Opening night for North America’s top professional indoor soccer league will be highlighted by the debut of the Pennsylvania Roar, who will host the Syracuse Silver Knights in their inaugural game at Santander Arena. On Saturday, November 16 a pair of MISL powers will renew their rivalry when the Milwaukee Wave visits the Missouri Comets at Independence Events Center.

Another MISL newcomer will play its inaugural game the second weekend of the season as the St. Louis Ambush will host the Roar at Family Arena on Friday, November 22, while the Silver Knights will also make their home debut that evening when they host their rival, the Rochester Lancers, at The Oncenter.

The Lancers will open their home slate the following night when they welcome the Silver Knights on the back end of the home-and-home series, and the defending champion Baltimore Blast will open their season that night when they host the Wave at The Baltimore Arena.

The Wave will be the final team to open their home schedule when they host the Blast at U.S. Cellular Arena on Saturday, December 7. Each of the seven MISL clubs will play 20 games in 2013-14, 10 home and 10 away, with the season slated to conclude on March 2.

The MISL Playoffs will begin with the semifinals March 7-9, featuring the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds meeting in home-and-home series’ with a mini game to decide the series following the second game if needed. The championship will follow the same format on March 14-16. The higher seed will have the option to choose which game it hosts.

Nearly 400,000 fans attended MISL regular season games in 2012-13, marking the second consecutive season the league enjoyed a significant increase in attendance.

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Impressive 14 months in the Baltimore Sports World

Posted on 02 July 2013 by BaltimoreSportsNut

Charm City boasts several avenues for the avid sports fan and over the past 14 months it is hard to find any type of fan that has not experienced the thrill of victory.

For chronological sake, we will exemplify just how wonderful Baltimore sports have been by going back 14 months as Loyola kick started a run of Championships and playoff runs. The Greyhounds have often taken a back seat to Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Lacrosse world, but 2012 was the year of the hound. Loyola entered the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament as the number one seed and did not falter. They battled their way through the bracket and on May 28th, 2012 Loyola hoisted its’ first ever NCAA Championship in lacrosse. It was a sight to behold.

After 14 consecutive losing seasons and fans refusing to go to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the 2012 Baltimore Orioles brought back meaningful baseball to Charm City. While still being ignored halfway through the season, Baltimore proved all of the naysayers and so called “experts” wrong as they battled in September and clinched their first playoff berth since 1997 as the second Wild Card team. Despite being the underdogs (as they had been all season) the Orioles walked into Texas and beat the powerful Rangers in the one game playoff to advance to the American League Division Series against the hated New York Yankees. Although the Birds came up just short, playoff baseball had returned to Baltimore and the atmosphere was electric at Yard!

Perhaps the crowned jewel of the Baltimore sports world, the Baltimore Ravens continued the trend of local winners. The Ravens, much like their baseball counterparts, consistently were labeled underdogs as they entered the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. After making easy work of the visiting Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore hit the road to take on the heavily favored Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. Courtesy of the ‘Mile High Miracle’, the Ravens disposed of the Broncos in double overtime to advance to their third AFC Championship game in five seasons. Baltimore proceeded to figuratively and physically beat up the Patriots to setup a ‘Harbowl’ in Super Bowl XLVII. Ray Lewis’ last ride ended with his everlasting confetti falling experience and Baltimore brought back the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in franchise history.

From one football to another, the Baltimore Blast would not be out done in the sudden resurgence of Baltimore sports glory. After losing in the MISL Championship in 2011 and 2012, the Blast had something to prove and desperately wanted to hoist the ship in 2013. The Blast tied for the best record in the regular season and entered the playoffs with one goal in mind. In game one of the Championship series, the Blast demolished the Missouri Comets 21-12 and although they were shutout in the first half, Baltimore fought its way back and secured the 2013 MISL Championship with a 8-6 victory in game two.

The final leg of this great 14 month journey was the Towson University baseball team. After nearly seeing their program shutdown due to budget cuts, the Tigers made an incredible run through the CAA tournament going undefeated as the four seed to secure a berth in the NCAA Baseball tournament. Not letting the big stage scare them, Towson won their first game in the tournament against Florida Atlantic 7-2, but a loss to North Carolina in their next matchup setup a rematch with Florida Atlantic and lost a heartbreaker in the elimination game 6-5. Their run was extremely inspirational and capped off one of the greatest 14 months of Baltimore sports that this city has ever seen.

This is Josh Michael, aka Baltimore Sports Nut and I hope you have enjoyed this post and look forward to hitting the air waves on Friday at 3:30 as I take my shot at becoming the next King of Baltimore Sports Media!

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Blast top Comets to claim MISL Championship

Posted on 17 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Blast scored four second half goals to claim an 8-6 victory against the Missouri Comets in Game 2 of the MISL Championship Series on Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena, giving the Blast a 2-0 series victory and their seventh MISL Championship. Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela claimed Most Valuable Player honors for the series, as he finished with 30 saves in two games to key Baltimore’s pair of victories.

The Blast trailed Missouri 4-0 at the halftime break, with Byron Alvarez scoring both goals for the Comets and Danny Waltman making eight saves to keep Baltimore off the scoreboard. The Blast finally broke through three minutes, 44 seconds into the third, as Max Ferdinand scored a spectacular power play goal to reduce the deficit to two. Baltimore then drew even, again on the power play, as Tony Donatelli stole in to score his fourth goal of the series, firing home a low cross by Ferdinand to make it 4-4 at the end of the third quarter.

Baltimore took its first lead of the night four minutes into the fourth quarter, Adriano Dos Santos finding the back of the net, and the Blast were able to bolster their lead with a spectacular bicycle kick finish by All-Rookie Team selection Lucas Roque as he controlled his effort after a shot off the end boards by Chris Williams.

Missouri kept its hopes of forcing overtime, and potentially a Game 3 mini-game alive with 5:39 to play as Alvarez completed his hat trick. The Blast’s defense, led by MISL Defender of the Year Mike Lookingland, limited their opportunities in the final five minutes, however, and Vanzela finished with 12 saves as Baltimore claimed its first title since 2009.

After falling 21-12 on Thursday night, Missouri had got off to an ideal start. Following a tense opening, the Comets finally took the lead with 5:02 to play in the first quarter as they caught the Blast on a counter-attack, Alvarez finishing from the left after being found by Cristiano as Missouri held a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Missouri goalkeeper Danny Waltman then had a standout second quarter, keeping the Blast off the board with a number of outstanding saves. The Comets were also able to double their lead, with Byron Alvarez converting a shootout opportunity after Robert Palmer had been brought down on a breakaway by Ferdinand.


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Blast top Comets in MISL Championship Series Game 1

Posted on 14 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Led by Tony Donatelli the Blast earned a convincing 21-12 MISL Championship Series Game One road victory Thursday night over the Missouri Comets. Game Two is set for Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena. Donatelli recorded at hat trick and Ptah Myers, Adauto Neto and Machel Millwood added two goals each while goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 18 saves.

The Blast wasted no time scoring the first goal of the game as Donatelli knocked in a goal just 33 seconds into the match. Missouri’s Byron Alvarez tied the game at 2-2 but the tie was short-lived and the Blast jumped out to a 6-2 lead thanks to goals from Neto and Myers before the end of the first quarter.

Donatelli opened the second quarter with another first-minute goal and the Blast turned his goal into a four-goal scoring run that resulted in a 14-2 lead midway through the quarter. Rookie Lucas Roque scored next, followed by Millwood and a second goal from Neto.

The Comets fought back in the third quarter, outscoring the Blast, 6-2, and cutting Baltimore’s lead to 16-8. Milan Ivanovic opened the second-half scoring one minute before Myers scored his second goal of the game to keep the Blast on top 16-4. Ryan Junge and Lucas Rodriquez followed up with goals to continue the Comets scoring streak (16-8).

Millwood’s second goal came in the eighth minute of the final quarter to make it 18-8 but the Comets scored the next two goals, both with their sixth attacker on the field. Donatelli’s three-point goal with just 25 seconds remaining sealed Baltimore’s victory.

Game Two will take place Saturday night in Baltimore, with a deciding Mini Game to be played immediately following regulation, if needed. The Comets are no strangers to a Game One loss, having rallied in the Semifinals to beat the Milwaukee Wave in Game Two and again in the Mini Game.


2013 MISL Championship Series – Baltimore Blast vs. Missouri Comets

Game One: Blast 21-12

Game Two: Saturday, March 16, 1st Mariner Arena – 7:35 p.m.


By the Numbers:

Baltimore Blast: First Seed, 21-5 regular season record, 3-0 Postseason record

Missouri Comets: Third Seed, 13-13 regular season record, 2-2 Postseason record


The Blast ended the regular season on a six-game win streak, en route to claiming the 2012-13 MISL regular season title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With two wins over the Chicago Soul in the MISL Semifinals, the Blast have extended that win streak to eight straight games.

The team opened the regular season with nine straight home wins, a win streak that was broken by a 14-11 loss to this weekend’s opponent, the Missouri Comets. Prior to the first home loss, the Blast set a franchise record for most home wins to start the season (nine).

Veteran Adauto Neto led the Blast in the Semifinals with four goals and one assist for nine points; rookie Lucas Roque followed with four goals (eight points). Lucio Gonzaga will miss the Championship Series after suffering a knee injury Saturday night against the Soul.

The Competition

After losing Game One of the Semifinals, 12-10 in overtime to the Wave, the Comets fought back to win Game Two, 9-8 to tie the series. They went on to win the Mini Game, 5-4, to knock the Wave out of the postseason and advance to the Championship Series.



The MISL Championship Series can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com.

Tickets for Saturday’s home MISL Championship Series Game Two against the Comets are available by calling 410-73-BLAST or by going to www.TicketMaster.com.

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Blast’s Kelly, Lookingland get top MISL honors

Posted on 13 March 2013 by WNST Staff

2012-13 MISL Award Winners Announced

TAMPA, Fla. – The Major Indoor Soccer League honored its top performers of the season today, announcing the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2012-13 season. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Independence, Missouri, site of tomorrow’s first leg of the 2013 MISL Championship Series featuring the Missouri Comets and the Baltimore Blast.

MISL award winners were selected through a vote by MISL team management and select media members.


Most Valuable Player – Doug Miller, Rochester Lancers

Miller’s record-breaking season at the age of 43 proved the veteran still had much to offer the game. The first player in the current era of the MISL to surpass 100 points, finishing with 102, Miller also set a record for goals in a season with 44 as he led the Lancers to within one win of the playoffs. Miller also finished the season with five game-winning goals, and tied an MISL record with a six-goal game against Missouri


Rookie of the Year – Luan Oliveira, Milwaukee Wave

Quickly becoming an integral part of Keith Tozer’s squad after being suggested as a signing by Wave teammate and childhood friend Marcio Leite, Oliveira led all rookies, and the Wave, with 68 points. The Brazilian averaged a goal per game in his first season in the league, with a three-goal, two-assist night against Rochester a highlight of his first season.


Coach of the Year – Danny Kelly, Baltimore Blast

Taking the honor for the third time in four seasons, Kelly led the Blast to the top of the MISL standings in a season that saw the Blast open the season with nine consecutive victories, and end it on a six-game winning streak that allowed it to edge the Milwaukee Wave for the regular season championship. With some key offseason departures, Kelly quickly integrated the new faces in his squad seamlessly as the Blast continued their tradition of excellence.


Defender of the Year – Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast

Lookingland was selected for the second consecutive season after a standout two-way campaign that saw him record 49 points, make 35 blocks and commit only 16 fouls. A master of positioning in his defensive end, the Blast’s captain also showed an uncanny knack for knowing when to join the attack, and proved crucial on special teams as he led the side with four power-play goals.


Goalkeeper of the Year – Nick Vorberg, Milwaukee Wave

Claiming the honor for the second time in three seasons, Vorberg was a standout in goal for the league’s best defense. Vorberg faced an average of 18.5 shots per game, finishing with an outstanding .812 save percentage, while also leading the league with a 7.76 points-against average. In his 14 regular-season appearances, Vorberg never conceded more than five goals.

Baltimore and Missouri will face off in the best-of-three 2013 MISL Championship Series starting Thursday at the Independence Events Center in Missouri (8:35 p.m. ET, MISLNation.com), with the second leg set for Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore (7:35 p.m. ET, MISLNation.com). A deciding mini-game will be played immediately following Game 2 if needed.


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