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Blast, other MISL teams to unify indoor soccer in PASL

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) Management, in conjunction with management from the Baltimore Blast, San Diego Sockers, and Missouri Comets have created a new partnership for all of the current PASL teams, and former MISL teams, that will unify professional arena/indoor soccer. The announcement was made in a special halftime ceremony at today’s NWSL FC Kansas City home opener.

The league and teams will be working hard the next couple weeks to get all of the lease agreements and final paperwork done for every team that will be part of the new partnership.  ”Getting this done in a timely manner was extremely important for all of the teams that will be taking part,” said PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken.  ”We all received a lot of feedback from team owners that played in both leagues, but needed to have a small group with specific skills and experience to do the final negotiating for everyone, so we could get this done quickly.

“This is such a wonderful moment for the PASL, of course, but for arena soccer as a sport,” Milliken continued. ”To get from the level of acrimony that existed between various leagues when we started the Premier Arena Soccer League (the PASL’s amateur developmental league) in 1998 to the camaraderie that exists between owners now is something that people said could not be done.

“We would like to thank Blast owner Ed Hale, Comets owner Brad Likens, and Sockers owner Phil Salvagio  for taking leadership and having the vision to make this happen,” said Milliken. “The combined history and experience of these owners is going to really accelerate our growth and their contributions will be invaluable.”
The league will have around 20 teams in the US and Mexico and will be considered the top level of arena soccer in North America.  The timing of the agreement is significant because the PASL will be hosting the first ever WMF World Cup of Arena Soccer in February/March 2015.
“For the first time the US National Arena Soccer Team will have access to all of the best talent in the country and we will have a bigger pool of potential host cities to showcase our six-a-side boarded arena soccer to the rest of the world,” states US National Arena Soccer Team head coach Phil Salvagio. .
Heading into its seventh season, the PASL has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth.  From eight teams in 2008-09, the league swelled to 20 teams this season, while attendance has increased 105% since 2011-12.  Average attendance is projected to jump another 50% or more in the upcoming season with the addition of the new teams.
While the new partnership has positioned itself as the future of arena soccer it now also has a rich pedigree in the sport’s history.  The league’s Dallas Sidekicks will be celebrating 30 years since their founding and the San Diego Sockers history can be traced back to the 1970s.

The Baltimore Blast franchise was founded in 1992, but Baltimore has had continuous arena soccer since 1980, winning seven championships.

The Missouri Comets, based in Independence, won the most recent MISL championship in March. The Comets name dates back to 1981 and the Kansas City area has enjoyed almost 30 seasons of arena soccer.

The leagues owners meeting is May 17th and 18th in Baltimore, and will be having a formal press conference on Monday May 19th, time and location TBD. The majority of the teams, division layout, and any other changes will be announced then.
About Professional Arena Soccer League and Premier Arena Soccer League

The PASL is a professional league which began play on October 25, 2008.  The league, which concluded its sixth season with the Chicago Mustangs claiming the Newman Cup on March 16, is the largest and longest-running arena soccer organization in the US. The Tulsa Revolution, Ontario Fury, Wichita B-52s, Monterrey Flash, Saltillo Rancho Seco, Cleveland Freeze, and Bay Area Rosal were added for the 2013/14 season. The PASL-Premier just concluded its 16th season as the nation’s top amateur arena soccer league and is the official developmental league of the PASL. Both the PASL and PASL-Premier are members of Confederacion Panamerica de Minifutbol (CPM).

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Blast claim Game 2 but drop MISL Championship Series in final mini game

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BLAST FALL TO COMETS IN MISL CHAMPIONSHIP

Game 2

The Baltimore Blast faced the Missouri Comets tonight for the MISL championship. After falling in game one to the Comets on Friday the Blast were able to bounce back with a 19-4 victory and forced a 15 minute mini game for the MISL championship.

The first quarter was a low scoring start to the game. Marco Mangione got the Blast on the board first with a goal at 13:30off an assist from Lucas Roque. With 4:15 left in the quarter Mike Deasel was able to score off an assist from Adauto Neto.

Adauto Neto started off the second quarter with a 3-point goal at 12:12 off an assist from Lucio Gonzaga. Max Ferdinand found the back of the net off an assist from Mike Lookingland at the 8:25 mark followed by Lookinland assisting Tony Donatelli with 5:05 remaining in the quarter. The Blast went into the half leading 11-0.

The Blast continued to dominate in the second half. Lucio Gonzaga scored at 12:39 for the teams 6th goal of the night. Mike Lookingland recorded his 3rd assist of the night on the goal. At 9:11 Adauto Neto extended the Blast lead to 15 by scoring his second goal of the night off an assist from Lucio Gonzaga. With 2:54 left in the quarter Leo Gibson got the Comets first goal of the night assisted by Ramone Palmer.

The Blast began the fourth quarter with a great ball by J.T Noone that Neto  was able to net with a diving header for his third goal of the night. Missouri’s Brian Harris scored at 6:57 in the quarter off an assist from Max Touluote. After a Missouri blue card Max Ferdinand was able to take advantage with a power play with a goal off an assist from Tony Donatelli. At the final buzzer, the Blast had won 19-4.

Scoring Summary Game 2:

1          2          3          4          F

Blast                4          7          4          4          19

Comets           0          0          2          2          4

Game 3: Final 

After winning game 2 of the MISL semifinal series the Blast forced a 15- minute mini game against the Comets.  Missouri pushed past the Blast 6-4 and went home with the MISL Championship Title.

After a huge defensive stand by the Blast defense and a goal saving block by Pat Healey to start the quarter, Max Ferdinand gave the Blast a lead at 6:32 with a goal off an assist from Marco Mangione. With 5:36 on the clock the Comets answered as Lucas Rodriguez scored off a Stefan St. Louis assist to tie it at 2. After scoring a hat trick in game two Neto wasn’t done for the night yet; at 2:49  he gave the Blast the lead while Tony Donatelli recorded the assist. The Comets tied it up at 1:34 off a Stefan St. Louis goal with an assist from Lucas Rodriguez. With 0:54 seconds remaining, the Comets’ Brian Harris, who won the 2013-14 Championship series MVP, the game winning goal off an assist from Leo Gibson. At the final buzzer the Blast had lost 6-4.

Offensively, Adauto Neto led the way recording a hat trick in game two and added a goal in game 3. Neto had 9 points on the night. Mike Lookingland had 3 assists in the game 2 win while six different Blast players were able to record goals. Goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 7 saves in game two and 1 in game three.

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Blast allow five three points goals in MISL Championship Game 1 loss

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Missouri Comets set a new MISL Playoffs record with five 3-point goals, and captain Vahid Assadpour set an individual MISL Playoffs record with a hat trick of 3-pointers, as they took a 15-8 victory in Game 1 of the MISL Championship Series on Friday night in front of 4,524 fans at the Independence Events Center.

Game 2 of the MISL Championship Series is set for Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m. ET at the Baltimore Arena, with all of the action available live on YouTube. Should it be required, a Game 3 mini-game would be played to decide the series following the conclusion of Game 2.

Assadpour led a run of five consecutive 3-pointers for the Comets after the Blast took an early lead with two goals in the first five minutes. J.T. Noone, who also had a hat trick on the night, opened the scoring with a volley 4:01 into the game. Less than a minute later, Max Ferdinand took a good pass from Tony Donatelli and slid home a finish to make it 4-0 for the Blast.

Baltimore would then be held scoreless until the two minutes as the Comets mounted their historic run. Missouri was able to take advantage when the Blast were called for too many men on the field just past the halfway point of the first quarter as Assadpour collected a pass on the left, and drilled home a finish from 3-point range to cut Missouri’s deficit to one.

The game was physical throughout the first half, and came to a head midway through a scoreless second quarter as both Baltimore’s Adriano Dos Santos and Missouri’s John Sosa were sent to the penalty box for misconduct after an altercation at midfield. The heated feelings lingered between the two players, and both were ejected during halftime after fighting as the teams left the field.

The Comets grabbed hold of the game to open the third quarter, as they scored back-to-back 3-pointers through Assadpour and Stefan St. Louis inside the opening five minutes to take a 9-4 lead. The Blast tried to hit back, but Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman made an excellent save to deny Noone a reply as Missouri held its five-point lead going to the fourth.

That lead would be extended just over five minutes into the final quarter as Assadpour struck again from 3-point range with a ferocious blast from beyond the yellow line that set a new MISL Playoffs record. Brian Harris would then get in on the action, putting home a 3-point finish into an empty net to make it 15-4. Noone would strike twice late on for the Blast as the Comets briefly let their guard down, but Missouri held on to take a comfortable victory.

 

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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 open MISL Championship series Friday at Missouri

Posted on 13 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GAME PREVIEW:

MISL Championship Game 1:  Friday, March 14th   

 

Just the Facts:

Friday, March 14th

Baltimore Blast vs. Missouri Comets

Independence Events Center, 8:30pm EST.

 

SEASON AND ALL TIME STATISTICS: Blast vs. Comets

2013-14: 2-0

All Time: 10-3

 

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/MISLComets

 

The Baltimore Blast enter the MISL championship series matched against the number three seed, Missouri Comets. The play-off which begins Friday in Missouri is a best of three series. Game 2 is in Baltimore on Sunday March 16th at 5:05pm. If each team wins a game, game 3 will be played immediately after game 2 on Sunday. The length of game 3 is 15 minutes. The Blast have played the Comets 2 times this year and have a 2-0 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%.

 

Syracuse Series Recap:

Baltimore took care of business in game one of the series winning on the road 20-7. Adauto Neto led the Blast with 2 goals and 2 assists. In Baltimore the Silver Knights were able to win game 2 of the series by a score of 9-6. Tony Donatelli scored two goals in the loss. In the deciding game 3, Baltimore was able to gain the early lead off a Mike Lookingland goal and Marco Mangione sealed the win for the Blast 4-3.

 

The Competition:

The Missouri Comets finished 14-6 in the regular season as they scored 329 points and allowed 217 points. They entered the playoffs as the number 3 seed and were able to defeat the Milwaukee Wave in the semi-finals. Like Baltimore, the Comets were forced into the game 3 mini game where they won 6-2 off of two Brian Harris goals. Offensively, Leo Gibson leads the MISL in post season points with 14 and Brian Harris is tied for second with 8. The Comets goalie, Danny Waltman enters the matchup with a .756 save percentage in the regular season. Syracuse is coached by Vlatko Andonovski and Goran Karadzov.

 

Upcoming Playoff Games: 

Game 2: Sunday, March 16th vs. Missouri Comets @ 5:05pm (Baltimore Arena)

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Blast win in Game 3 to advance to MISL Championship Series

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BLAST ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

After Falling to Syracuse in Game 2, Baltimore Came Back to Win in Game 3

The Baltimore Blast faced the Syracuse Silver Knights tonight for the sixth time this season. After a tough 9-6 loss in game 2, the Blast came back in full force and ended the night with a 4-3 win in game 3. Baltimore advanced to the Championship series for the second consecutive year.

GAME 2

The first quarter in game 2 was a low scoring start to the game. Lucas Roque got the Blast on the board first with a goal at 8:58 on the clock off an assist from JT Noone. Nate Bordeau scored for the Silver Knights at 4:44 in the quarter off an assist from Kenardo Forbes to tie the game.

The Blast were able to record 6 shots in the second quarter to Syracuse’s one, but no goals were scored for either side. The Blast went into the half tied 2-2.

The second half picked up the pace with both teams coming out playing physically. At the 8:52 mark in the quarter Slavisa Ubiparapovic scored on a power play of an assist from Kenardo Forbes giving the Knights a 4-2 lead.

The Silver Knights scored at 8:21 in the fourth quarter as Antiono Manfut scored a 3 point goal off an assist from Neto. Tony Donatelli answered for the Blast with a goal at 5:57 in the quarter off an assist from Mike Lookingland. Kenardo Forbes answered with a goal for the Knights assisted by Slavisa Ubiparapovic. With 1:56 left in the quarter, Pat Healey assisted Tony Donatelli for his second goal of the night, pulling the Blast within 3. At the final buzzer, the Blast had been defeated 9-6 in game 2 and then had to prepare for game 3, which started 15 minutes later.

Offensively, Tony Donatelli led the way scoring 2 goals. Defensively goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 6 saves in the loss. The Blast captain set the tone in game 3 with an early goal and Marco Mangione was able to seal the victory with a goal.

 

Scoring Summary Game 2:

1          2          3          4          F

Blast                2          0          0          4          6

Knights           2          0          2          5          9

 

GAME 3

After dropping game 2 of the MISL semifinal series the Blast were forced into a 15- minute mini game against the Syracuse Silver Knights with the winner advancing to the MISL championship series.

Mike Lookingland gave the Blast an early lead off a penalty kick with 13:06 on the clock. With 5:07 on the clock Adriano Dos Santos assisted Marco Mangione who headed the ball in for a spectacular goal. With 2:00 left in the game Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored a 3-point goal for the Silver Knights. At the final buzzer the Blast had won 4-3 earning a spot in the MISL Championship Series.

Offensively, Tony Donatelli led the way scoring 2 goals in game 2 both off Mike Lookingland assists. Defensively goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 6 saves in the loss. The Blast captain set the tone in game 3 with an early goal and Marco Mangione was able to seal the victory with a goal.

Baltimore will travel to Missouri on Friday to take on the Comets in game one of the MISL Championship Series at 8:30pm EST. before hosting game two at the Baltimore Arena Sunday at 5:05pm.

 

Scoring Summary Game 3:

1            F

Baltimore    4      4

Syracuse    3      3

 

Upcoming Games:

MISL Championship Series:

3/14 @ Missouri, 8:30p.m.

3/16 vs. Missouri, 5:05p.m. 

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Three Blast players named All-MISL

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

MISL All-League, All-Rookie Teams Announced

Lookingland, Vanzela, and Zuniga are Recognized

 

Top players from 2013-14 season honored

 

BALTIMORE. – The Major Indoor Soccer League honored the top performers from the 2013-14 regular season today, naming the All-MISL First and Second Teams as well as the All-Rookie Team.

Six MISL clubs are represented in the teams, with the Milwaukee Wave, Missouri Comets and Syracuse Silver Knights leading the way with four selections each. The Baltimore Blast had three players honored, while the St. Louis Ambush had two and the Pennsylvania Roar had one. The All-MISL and All-Rookie teams are selected through a vote by MISL team management.

The Missouri Comets earned their second consecutive MISL Championship Series berth Monday night, defeating the Milwaukee Wave 6-2 in the deciding mini-game after the Wave had evened the series 1-1 with a 12-9 victory in Game 2. The Baltimore Blast lead the other semifinal series 1-0 against the Syracuse Silver Knights, with Game 2 set for 7:35 p.m. ET tonight at Baltimore Arena, with all of the action available live on YouTube.

 

2013-14 All-MISL First Team                                                    2013-14 All-MISL Second Team

GK       William Vanzela, Baltimore Blast                                       GK           Marcel Feenstra, Milwaukee Wave

D         Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast                                    D             Brian Harris, Missouri Comets

D          Nelson Santana, Syracuse Silver Knights                       D             Bozidar Jelovac, Syracuse Silver Knights

MF/F   Kenardo Forbes, Syracuse Silver Knights                       MF/F       Vahid Assadpour, Missouri Comets

MF/F  Leo Gibson, Missouri Comets                                           MF/F       Ian Bennett, Milwaukee Wave

MF/F  Marcio Leite, Milwaukee Wave                                        MF/F       Machel Millwood, Syracuse Silver Knights

 


2013-14 MISL All-Rookie Team

GK       Scott Krotee, Pennsylvania Roar

D          Chad Vandegriffe, St. Louis Ambush

D          Tony Walls, Milwaukee Wave

MF/F   Odaine Sinclair, St. Louis Ambush

MF/F   Max Touloute, Missouri Comets

MF/F   Diego Zuniga, Baltimore Blast

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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Blast try to punch ticket to Championship Game Tuesday against Syracuse

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GAME PREVIEW:

MISL Playoffs Game 2:  Tuesday, March 11th   

Just the Facts:

Tuesday, March 11th

Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights

Baltimore Arena, 7:35pm EST.

 

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/Baltimoreblast

Game 1 Recap vs. Silver Knights:

The Baltimore Blast traveled to Syracuse this past Friday night to play the Silver Knights for their Game 1 in the playoffs and won, 20-7. The victory put the Blast up 1-0 in the post season. Offensively, Aduato Neto and Mike Lookingland led the Blast with a combination of 11 points. Neto posted two 2-point goals and 2 assists and Lookinland had one 3-point goal and two assists. Lucas Roque also recorded 2 goals while Marco Mangione, Max Ferdinand, Stephen DeRoux, and Tony Donatelli contributed one goal each. Defensively Pat Healey led Baltimore with 2 blocks and goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 14 saves in the victory.

 

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.

 

After falling to the Blast in Game 1 on Friday Night, the Silver Knights have one more chance to make it to the Championships. If Syracuse beats Baltimore in Game 2, both teams play a 15 minute tie breaker (game 3) immediately after the end of game 2. If the Blast defeat the Knights, they will host the Championship game at home on Sunday, March 16th at 5:05pm.

 

Wave Series: After falling to the Comets 20-6 on Sunday, The Wave (#2) will play the Comets (#3) again tonight at the U.S Cellular arena.  If the Wave beat the Comets, both teams will play a 15 minute tie breaker at the end of Game two, whoever wins the tie breaker (Game 3) will advance to the Championship game.

 

Championship Game (If Blast defeat Syracuse on Tuesday March 11th):

Sunday, March 16th vs. TBD  at 5:05pm, Baltimore Arena

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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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