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Blast’s Lookingland, Vanzela, Kelly claim top MISL honors

Posted on 13 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BLAST PLAYERS AND KELLY RECEIVE TOP MISL HONORS

Lookingland is Most Valuable Player and Defender of the Year

 

BALTIMORE. – 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 2013-14 season. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Independence, Missouri, site of tomorrow’s first leg of the 2014 MISL Championship Series featuring the Missouri Comets and the Baltimore Blast.

MISL award winners were selected through a vote by MISL team management.

 

Most Valuable Player – Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast

The Blast’s captain added to the individual accolades earned during a standout career with his first Most Valuable Player award after leading his side to the best record in the league and the league-fewest points allowed. Despite being a defender Lookingland also led the Blast with 56 points, good for seventh in the MISL, and led the league with 33 blocked shots. Lookingland is the Blast’s first MVP since the 2005-06 season, when it was awarded to his current teammate, Adauto Neto.

 

Rookie of the Year – Odaine Sinclair, St. Louis Ambush

The Jamaican from Baker University had a strong first season for the expansion Ambush as he led all rookies with 37 points. As impressive as his finishing touch was, however, it was Sinclair’s work-rate which saw him constantly harrying opposing defenders that made him a player to watch in each of the Ambush’s contests. Sinclair’s most memorable performance of the season came when he had a hat trick and set up Cory Adamson’s game-winning goal in overtime as the Ambush defeated Syracuse 14-12 on December 29, 2013.

 

Coach of the Year – Danny Kelly, Baltimore Blast

Kelly claimed his fourth Coach of the Year award as the defending champions used a second-half surge to win the MISL regular season title by concluding the season on a nine-game winning streak. Kelly, a former Blast player, will try to win his fifth championship as a coach this weekend after having won three during his playing career.

 

Defender of the Year – Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast

In addition to claiming the MISL MVP award Lookingland also claimed the Defender of the Year Award for a third consecutive season. The stalwart defender, now in his eighth season with the club, led the league with 33 blocked shots and only took one misconduct penalty all season as he conceded only 14 fouls.

 

Goalkeeper of the Year – William Vanzela, Baltimore Blast

Vanzela, the 2013 MISL Championship Series MVP, had a breakout second season that saw him set a new current-era record with a 5.57 points-against average. While having a strong defense led by MVP Mike Lookingland in front of him, Vanzela repeatedly came up with big saves at big moments, and set a record with a .833 save percentage as the Blast conceded less than half the points of the second-best defense in the league.
Baltimore and Missouri will face off in the best-of-three 2014 MISL Championship Series starting Friday at the Independence Events Center in Missouri (8:35 p.m. ET, Youtube), with the second leg set for Sunday at Baltimore Arena (5:05 p.m. ET, Youtube). A deciding mini-game will be played immediately following Game 2 if needed.

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Blast players, coach Kelly named finalists for MISL Awards

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2013-14 MISL Awards Finalists Announced

The Blast: Mike Lookingland, William Vanzela, and Danny Kelly

Baltimore, MD. – The Major Indoor Soccer League announced the finalists for its 2013-14 awards honoring the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year from the 2013-14 season.

The winners will be announced at the MISL Championship Series media luncheon/awards ceremony prior to Game 1 of the 2013-14 MISL Championship Series. The 2013-14 All-MISL First and Second teams and the MISL All-Rookie Team will be announced on Tuesday.

The Baltimore Blast has 3 player/coach nominations for 4 MISL Award categories. Captain and 2012-13 MISL Defender of the Year, Mike Lookingland is nominated for the Most Valuable Player and Defender of the Year award. Lookingland ended the regular season leading his team in points (56), assists (18), while also leading the league in blocks (33). Goalkeeper and the 2013-14 MISL Points Against Average winner, William Vanzela, is in the running for Goalkeeper of the Year. Vanzela recorded a 5.57 points against average and with the help of his stellar defense, only let in 101 points this season. Head Coach Danny Kelly and the 2012-13 Coach of the Year, has been nominated again for the Coach of the Year Award. Kelly has coached his team to a 17-3 regular season record.

 

2013-14 MISL Award Finalists

Most Valuable Player

Kenardo Forbes, Syracuse Silver Knights

Leo Gibson, Missouri Comets

Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast

 

Rookie of the Year

Judson McKinney, Milwaukee Wave

Odaine Sinclair, St. Louis Ambush

Max Touloute, Missouri Comets

 

Defender of the Year

Brian Harris, Missouri Comets

Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast

Nelson Santana, Syracuse Silver Knights

 

  Coach of the Year

Vlatko Andonovski, Missouri Comets

Danny Kelly, Baltimore Blast

Tommy Tanner, Syracuse Silver Knights

 

Goalkeeper of the Year

Marcel Feenstra, Milwaukee Wave

William Vanzela, Baltimore Blast

Danny Waltman, Missouri Comets

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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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Millwood, Neto highlight returning players for Blast

Posted on 11 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Blast Announces 11 Returning Players

Millwood and Lookingland are Among the Veterans Set to Return to the Field

 

Baltimore – Baltimore Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey announced today that the team has re-signed 11 players from last year’s squad, pending league approval.  The returning players are forwards Machel Millwood, Adauto Neto, Lucio Gonzaga, Adriano Dos Santos and J.T. Noone; midfielder Max Ferdinand and defenders Mike Lookingland, Pat Healey, Ptah Myers, Mike Deasel and Stephen DeRoux.  The Blast will open the 2012-13 MISL season on November 3 against the Chicago Soul at 1st Mariner Arena.

 

Head coach Danny Kelly and assistant coach David Bascome will also return for their seventh season together as the team’s coaching staff.  Millwood, a 2012 All-MISL Second-Team selection, becomes the team’s longest-tenured player as he prepares to return for his ninth season in Baltimore.  Millwood was among the team’s scoring leaders last season with 26 goals and 16 assists for 71 points.  Lookingland, the team captain and the 2012 MISL Defender of the Year, will be back for his eighth season with the Blast.  A three-time champion, Lookingland led the Blast’s defensive core with 34 points in 2011-12.  Ferdinand led the Blast with 72 points last year and was named First-Team All-MISL, just two seasons after being named Rookie of the Year in 2010.

 

“This group has a lot of offer, ” said Blast head coach Danny Kelly.  “There’s experience and youth, as well as guys that can change a game on both sides of the ball.  With the willingness to prepare and put in the work, I believe this group can help us compete for an MISL Championship.”

 

Healey, the 2009 NISL Rookie of the Year, moved to a defensive position last season and led the team with 33 blocks.  Neto, the 2006 MISL MVP who has won two championships with the Blast, is entering his sixth season in a Blast uniform.  He ranked third on the team with 49 points last season and boasts 150 career goals.  Gonzaga, who missed the entire 2011-12 season while recovering from knee surgery, will be back on the field for his fifth season in Baltimore.

 

Myers, a nine-year veteran, is back for his second season with the Blast after recording 11 points and 18 blocks last season.  Dos Santos, is back for his third season in Baltimore, and Noone, DeRoux and Deasel, rookies last season, all are returning for another season.  DeRoux was named to the MISL All-Rookie team after posting 10 goals and one assist for 22 points; Noone ranked sixth on the team with 33 points.

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