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Blast players Vanzela, Ferdinand honored by MISL

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff


Blast Take on Ambush:  Thursday, February 6th


Just the Facts:

Thursday, February 6th

Baltimore Blast vs. St. Louis Ambush

Family Arena, 8:35pm EST.





By the Numbers:

Baltimore Blast: 11-3 after win against Syracuse

St. Louis Ambush: 4-11 after loss against Milwaukee

Mike Lookingland leads the Blast players with 31 points making him tied for 9th in the league. Max Ferdinand (20) is 13th in the league while Tony Donatelli (29), Adauto Neto (25), Marco Mangione (24), and Lucas Roque (23) also sit among league leaders.


1/31 Knights Game Recap:

The Baltimore Blast defeated the Syracuse Knights 12-10 with a goal in the final minutes by Max Ferdinand. The Blast were led by MISL Player of the Week William Vanzela who had 26 saves, securing a playoff spot for the Blast. Vanzela was named to the MISL Team of the week for the second consecutive week and 5th time this season. Ferdinand was also given Team of the Week Honors for his performance against the Silver Knights.


Defense Wins Games:

To compliment the high scoring offense of the Blast, the defense is led by Mike Lookingland and Pat Healey who have been able to help shut down opponents. Lookingland is third in the league with 27 blocks and Healey is close behind in fifth with 23. Behind the defense, Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela is 8-3 on the year. He is first in the league in points against average (5.32) and save percentage (.848).


The Competition:

The Baltimore Blast take on St. Louis for the second time this season. St. Louis is coming into the game having lost their last five games.  St. Louis, 3-4 at home, are looking to improve their home record to .500. The Ambush are led offensively by Odaine Sinclair who has totaled 10 goals and 29 points this season.  St. Louis is coached by Daryl Doran and Jeff DiMaria.


Upcoming Games: 

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

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

Saturday, February 22nd vs. Syracuse Knights 6:05 p.m. 

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Ferdinand hat trick helps Blast past Lancers

Posted on 04 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Max Ferdinand recorded a hat trick Friday night to lead the Blast to a 23-12 victory over the visiting Rochester Lancers.  The Blast, 11-2, will host the Lancers again Saturday night for the third game between the teams in the first five days of 2013.

Ferdinand opened the scoring in the fifth minute of play to give the Blast an early 2-0 lead before Rochester’s Mauricio Salles tied the game and Jeremy Ortiz gave the Lancers a 4-2 lead late in the quarter.

Blast team captain Mike Lookingland scored early in the second quarter to tie the game at 4-4 and Ferdinand’s second goal put the Blast back on top, 6-4.  Rookie Lucas Roque, who scored two goals in Tuesday’s 17-4 win over the Lancers, added a goal to increase the the Blast lead to 8-4 at halftime.

The Lancers came out fast in the second half, scoring two quick goals to tie the games at 8-8. Elliot Fauske scored in the third minute to cut the Blast lead to 8-6 and Salles recorded his second goal of the game a minute later to tie it up. Roque’s second goal of the game kicked off a four-goal run for the Blast to end the quarter with a 17-8 lead.  Machel Millwood, the team’s leading scorer, knocked in two goals in the last five minutes and Lucio Gonzaga added a long-range three pointer.

“We had to dig deep to come back and win this game,” said Millwood of the team’s third-quarter scoring frenzy.

The teams traded goals in the final quarter with Alan McGreal scoring first for the Lancers to cut the Blast lead to 17-10.  Ferdinand completed his hat trick in the ninth minute (19-10) before former Blast player Rey Martinez cut the score to 19-12. Ptah Myers scored next and Adauto Neto ended the game with a shootout goal to make it 23-12.


  • The Blast have started the 2012-13 season with seven straight home wins, trying the team record set by the 1993-94 then-Baltimore Spirit; a win tomorrow would break the record
  • Seven different Blast players scored in the win
  • The Blast are on a 16-game regular-season home win streak

Upcoming Games
Saturday, January 5 vs. Rochester Lancers
Friday, January 11 at Chicago Soul
Saturday, January 12 at Milwaukee Wave

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Blast aim to improve to 9-0 Saturday against Comets

Posted on 14 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Saturday, December 15 vs. Missouri Comets

1st Mariner Arena, 7:35 p.m.


By the Numbers:

Baltimore Blast: First place, 8-0

*Missouri Comets: Second place, 5-3

* The Comets will play the Syracuse Silver Knights Friday night at 7:30


The Blast has kicked off their 33rd season of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore with eight straight wins, marking the seventh time since the 1992-93 season the team has started with five or more wins.  The Blast is looking to extend the win streak to nine games Saturday night against the Comets and, ultimately, to match the 1993-94 Baltimore Spirit squad’s record of 10 straight wins to open the season.


The 2012-13 Blast squad features seven new players, including goalkeepers Troy Hernandez and William Vanzela (both are 4-0).  The team is led by Machel Millwood, Baltimore’s longest-tenured player, who has 27 points.  Max Ferdinand follows with 25 points and newcomer Tony Donatelli has 24 points in his return to the indoor game.  Pat Healey and Neto (14 points) as well as Mike Lookingland and Lucio Gonzaga (13) also rank among the league’s top 25 point scorers.  Lookingland and Vanzela, who have combined to lead the Blast’s defensive efforts, were named November MISL Players of the Month.


There’s no Place Like Home

The Blast, 9-3 at home last season, started 2012-13 with four home games in the span of just 13 days.  The team, 5-0 at home this season, has boasted winning records at home each of the last six seasons and has had winning home records in 18 of the last 20 seasons.  The Blast returns to 1st Mariner Arena Saturday night with hopes of extending its 14-game regular-season home win streak.


The Competition

The Comets started the season 4-0 before the Blast came to town and handed them their first loss of the season (12-4 on November 24).  The loss to the Blast was the first of three straight Comets’ losses before the team rebounded last weekend with a 14-11 win over Chicago.  Led by this week’s MISL Player of the Week, Byron Alvarez (32 points), the Comets will play in Syracuse Friday night before heading to Baltimore for Saturday’s game.  Leo Gibson (13 points) was also named to the MISL Team of the Week after recording three points and four blocks in Sunday’s victory over the Soul.



Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at MISLNation.com.


Upcoming Games

Friday, December 21 at Chicago Soul

Saturday, December 22 at Milwaukee Wave


Make Your Holidays Blastastic

Blast game tickets and merchandise make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.

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Gonzaga, Ferdinand help Blast improve to 3-0 on season

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

The Blast improved to 3-0 after a 10-4 win over the Syracuse Silver  Knights Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena.  With William Vanzela manning the  nets, Lucio Gonzaga and Max Ferdinand led the way with two goals.

After nearly 12 minutes of scoreless play in the first quarter,  Syracuse defender Nelson Santana put the Silver Knights on top 2-0.  Despite the low-scoring first quarter, the teams combined for four  second-quarter goals with the Blast jumping out to a 6-4 lead.

Max Ferdinand tied the game just 27 seconds into the second quarter  and Machel Millwood gave the Blast a 4-2 lead in the sixth minute.   Bozidar Jelovac knocked in a goal two minutes later for the second tie  of the game (4-4) before Gonzaga, who missed all of last season after  knee surgery, scored to give the Blast a 6-4 halftime lead.

Gonzaga scored his second goal of the match, the only goal of the  third quarter, to extend Baltimore’s lead to 8-4 and Ferdinand scored  again early in the fourth to clinch the Blast victory.

  • Gonzaga has  one goal in each of Baltimore’s three games.
  • Vanzela recorded 15 saves in his first start.
  • Tino Nunez made his Blast debut and recorded an assist on Gonzaga’s second goal.

Upcoming Games Friday, November 16 vs. Milwaukee Wave – 7:35 p.m. Saturday, November 17 at Rochester – 7 p.m.

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