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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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Several Blast players honored by MISL

Posted on 12 March 2013 by WNST Staff

MISL All-League, All-Rookie Teams Announced
League’s top performers honored

The Major Indoor Soccer League honored the top performers from the 2012-13 regular
season, 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 Baltimore Blast and Rochester Lancers leading
the way with four selections each. The Milwaukee Wave and Chicago Soul each had three players
honored, while the Syracuse Silver Knights and Missouri Comets had two each.

The All-MISL and All-Rookie teams are selected through a vote by MISL team management and select
media members.

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.

2012-13 All-MISL First Team

GK – Nick Vorberg, Milwaukee Wave
D – Leo Gibson, Missouri Comets
D – Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast
MF/F Doug Miller, Rochester Lancers
MF/F Neto, Syracuse Silver Knights
MF/F Mauricio Salles, Rochester Lancers

2012-13 All-MISL Second Team
GK – Jeff Richey, Chicago Soul
D – Pat Healey, Baltimore Blast
D – Nelson Santana, Syracuse Silver Knights
MF/F Vahid Assadpour, Missouri Comets
MF/F Carlos Farias, Chicago Soul
MF/F Luan Oliveira, Milwaukee Wave

2012-13 MISL All-Rookie Team
GK – William Vanzela, Baltimore Blast

D – Stephen Basso, Rochester Lancers
D – Pedrinho, Rochester Lancers
MF/F Luan Oliveira, Milwaukee Wave
MF/F Carlos Munoz, Chicago Soul
MF/F Lucas Roque, Baltimore Blast

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Blast top Soul to reach MISL Championship Series

Posted on 10 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The Blast defeated the Chicago Soul, 10-7, in Game Two of the Semifinals to advance to the 2013 MISL Championship Series. This is the team’s third straight trip to the Championship Series and the opponent will be determined Sunday afternoon when the Comets and Wave play their second game. Five different players scored in the win with Adauto Neto recording the game-winning goal.

Just like in Game One, the Soul scored the first goal of the match, when Fred Degand opened the scoring with 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

After a scoreless second quarter and a three-point goal from the Soul to start the second half, the Blast came alive, scoring five straight goals in less than seven minutes.  Ptah Myers continued his scoring streak, knocking in the Blast’s first goal, followed by Lucas Roque and then Neto who gave the Blast their first lead of the night at 6-5. J.T. Noone scored the fourth goal to put the Blast on top 8-5 and Machel Millwood added a goal to make it 10-5.

The Soul scored the last goal of the match, with just about a minute to go but were unable to come back from the third-quarter deficit.

The Blast will host either the Wave or Comets in Game Two of the Championship Series on Saturday, March 16.  For tickets, call 410-73-BLAST or go to www.TicketMaster.com.

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Neto, Roque help Blast top Soul in MISL Playoffs

Posted on 05 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Led by Adauto Neto and Lucas Roque, the Blast earned a 22-13 victory in Game One of the MISL Semifinal Series Tuesday night against the Chicago Soul. Neto, the veteran, and Roque, the rookie, each recorded three goals. Game Two of the series is scheduled for Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena.

The Soul jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but the Blast fought back to take a 6-4 lead into the first quarter break and never looked back. The teams traded goals in the first 12 minutes with Marco Sullo opening the scoring, just after the two-minute mark, and Roque tying the game at 2-2. Carlos Farias regained Chicago’s lead at 4-2 but Roque scored his second goal of the quarter to tie it again and Adauto Neto put the Blast on top 6-4.

The second quarter was more of the same as Neto extended the Blast lead to 8-4 and Carlos Munoz answered, cutting the Blast lead to 8-6.
The Blast took control in the third quarter, as Neto completed his hat trick and Machel Millwood added a goal to make it 12-6.
The action heated up in the fourth quarter as the team’s combined for seven goals and 17 points. Lucio Gonzaga struck first, making it 14-6, before Ptah Myers continued his scoring streak with a short-handed three-point goal at the 9:02 mark to give the Blast a 17-6 lead. Roque’s next goal completed his hat trick and make it 19-6 just nine seconds before Chicago’s Pablo DaSilva recorded a three-point goal to cut Baltimore’s lead to 19-9. Tony Donatelli added a three-point goal before Carlos Munoz knocked in the last two goals of the game to make the final score 22-13 in favor of the Blast.
MISL Championship Series
The winner of the Blast vs. Soul Semifinals will advance to the 2013 MISL Championship Series to face the winner of the Wave vs. Comets Semifinals.
 
MISLNation
Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com.
Tickets

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

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Roque leads way as Blast top Wave to finish regular season

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

In their last game of the 2012-13 regular season, the Blast defeated the Milwaukee Wave, 10-6. Rookie Lucas Roque led the way with two goals and Jamie Darvill scored his first goal of the season to give the Blast an early 2-0 lead. The Blast will return to 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday, March 9 for a home playoff game against an opponent still to be determined.

Darvill started the scoring, just three minutes into the match, to give the Blast a 2-0 lead and Adauto Neto added a power play goal late in the quarter to extend Baltimore’s lead to 4-0. The Wave got on the scoreboard in the final seconds of the quarter when Luan Oliveira cut Baltimore’s lead to 4-2.

Roque’s first goal put the Blast on top 6-4 early in the second quarter, five minutes before Bryan Perez scored for the Wave to cut it to 6-4.

Milwaukee’s Ian Bennett tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth minute of the third quarter but Roque scored his second goal, with just three seconds left in the third quarter, to put the Blast back on top, 8-6.

Lucio Gonzaga added to the Blast lead with a goal just 51 seconds into the final quarter to seal Baltimore’s 21st victory of the season.

The Blast ended the 2012-13 regular season the way they ended the last two MISL seasons, with a match against the Milwaukee Wave. The are no strangers to fierce battles and important games – they’ve played each other for more than 20 years and have met in the last two MISL Championships.

Blast vs. Wave

Like the Blast, the Wave have secured a spot in the 2013 postseason and are awaiting their playoff seeding and opponent. Unlike the Blast, who finish the regular season Saturday, the Wave have five more games to go.

Dating back to the 1992-93 season, the Blast vs. Wave rivalry is the fiercest and longest-standing rivalry in indoor soccer. The Blast is 32-48 all-time against the Wave in the regular season while holding a 9-6 edge in postseason play. Since the 2003 postseason, the Blast and Wave have played each other six times in the playoffs with Baltimore winning the Championship matchups in 2003 and 2004 and Milwaukee beating the Blast for the title in 2011 and 2012. The Blast defeated the Wave, 15-4, in Baltimore on November 16 but the Wave earned a 6-5 win on December and a 10-8 overtime win on January 12, both in Milwaukee.

Keeping the Winning Alive in Baltimore

On the heels of the successful Orioles season and the Ravens’ Super Bowl win, the Blast will begin the 2013 postseason in early March. Though their opponent is yet to be determined, the Blast will host a Semifinal home game on Saturday, March 9. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.

Celebrity Game

The annual media/celebrity game ended in a 1-1 tie. Joel Greenwaldt scored early for the red team and Nick DiMarco tied it up in the final seconds.

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Blast host Wave in regular season finale Saturday

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Just the Facts:
Saturday, February 23 vs. Milwaukee Wave – 7:35 p.m.
 
By the Numbers:
Baltimore Blast: Tied for First place, 20-5
Milwaukee Wave: Tied for first place, 18-3
 
The Blast will end the 2012-13 regular season the way it ended the last two MISL seasons, with a match against the Milwaukee Wave. The teams, tied atop the MISL standings, are no strangers to fierce battles and important games – they’ve played each other for more than 20 years and have met in the last two MISL Championships. The Blast are on a five-game win streak, while the Wave, who beat the Soul 15-10 Monday night, lost to the Missouri Comets last Sunday, to snap a 16-game winning streak.
 
Machel Millwood, Baltimore’s longest-tenured player, leads the way with 59 points despite missing the last five games with a hamstring injury. Lucio Gonzaga follows with 55 points and Mike Lookingland with 49. Max Ferdinand (48), Tony Donatelli (47), Adauto Neto (45) and Pat Healey (35) also rank among the league’s top-25 point scorers. Goalkeeper William Vanzela leads the MISL with 15 wins.
 
The Competition
Like the Blast, the Wave have secured a spot in the 2013 postseason and are awaiting their playoff seeding and opponent. Unlike the Blast, who finish the regular season Saturday, the Wave have five more games to go.
 
Dating back to the 1992-93 season, the Blast vs. Wave rivalry is the fiercest and longest-standing rivalry in indoor soccer. The Blast is 31-48 all-time against the Wave in the regular season while holding a 9-6 edge in postseason play. Since the 2003 postseason, the Blast and Wave have played each other six times in the playoffs with Baltimore winning the Championship matchups in 2003 and 2004 and Milwaukee beating the Blast for the title in 2011 and 2012. The Blast defeated the Wave, 15-4, in Baltimore on November 16 but the Wave earned a 6-5 win on December and a 10-8 overtime win on January 12, both in Milwaukee.
 
Keeping the Winning Alive in Baltimore
On the heels of the successful Orioles season and the Ravens’ Super Bowl win, the Blast will begin the 2013 postseason in early March. Though their opponent is yet to be determined, the Blast will host a Semifinal home game on Saturday, March 9. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.
MISLNation
Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com.
 
Tickets
Tickets to all home Blast games, regular season and postseason, are available by calling 410-73-BLAST or going to www.TicketMaster.com. Tickets for the March 9 playoff game will go on sale tomorrow.

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Blast top Wings on Hall of Fame Night

Posted on 17 February 2013 by WNST Staff

On a night that featured the induction of former player and assistant coach Tarik Walker into the Hall of Fame, the Blast beat the Wichita Wings, 12-6.

In honor of Army night, the Blast took the field in special camo jerseys, and got out to an early 4-0 lead on goals from Lucio Gonzaga and MISL Player of the Week Ptah Myers.

Myers scored his second goal late in the first half to extend the Blast lead to 6-0.

The Wings mounted a third-quarter comeback as Tiguinho and Andrew Hoxie scored 40 seconds apart to cut the Blast lead to 6-4.

Victor Quiroz scored early in the final quarter to tie the game at 6-6. After scoring the Wings’ first goal, Tiguinho went on to assist the next two goals. Rookie Marco Mangione scored in the in fourth minute to recapture the Blast lead (8-6) and another rookie, Lucas Roque, added a goal just 16 seconds later to put the Blast on top 10-6. Rogue scored again in the eighth minute to extend Baltimore’s lead to 12-6.

Hall of Fame Night

Walker, who played 10 seasons in Baltimore, began his career as the 1994 NPSL Rookie of the Year and went on to represent Baltimore in two All-Star Games and win championships with the team and 2003, 2004 and 2006. He recorded 582 points during his time in Baltimore and still ranks second on the team’s all-time scoring list. MISLNation Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com. Upcoming Games The Blast will host the Milwaukee Wave on the 23rd in the last game of the regular season.

Next Game
The Blast will end the regular season on the 23rd against the Milwaukee Wave at 1st Mariner Arena.

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Comets rally late to top Blast

Posted on 26 January 2013 by WNST Staff

The Missouri Comets scored three unanswered second-half goals to beat the Blast 14-11 Saturday night and snap Baltimore’s nine-game home win streak.  MISL Player of the Week Leo Gibson led the way with three goals. The Blast will return to 1st Mariner Arena on February 2 to host the Syracuse Silver Knights.

The Comets struck first, taking a 4-0 lead off goals from Coady Andrews and Gibson.  Lucas Roque and Ptah Myers scored late in the first quarter to tie it at 4-4.

Lucio Gonzaga scored the only goal of the third quarter, a three-pointer, to give Baltimore its first lead of the night at 7-4.

Blast team captain Mike Lookingland extended the Blast lead to 9-4 in the sixth minute of the third quarter, shortly before John Sosa cut the Blast lead to 9-6.  Gibson’s second second goal of the night made it 9-8 but Blast rookie Tino Nunez answered by chipping the ball over the head of Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman, putting the Blast on top 11-8. Gibson’s third goal cut it to 11-10 and kicked off the Comets’ three-goal run.

Stefan St. Louis recaptured the lead for the Comets just 19 seconds into the final quarter and Cristiano sealed the 14-11 victory.

The Blast will play in Syracuse on Friday, February 1 before returning to 1st Mariner Arena on the 2nd to host the Silver Knights.

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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.

 

MISLNation

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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Blast announce 2012-2013 schedule

Posted on 08 September 2012 by WNST Staff

BLAST ANNOUNCES 2012-13 SCHEDULE

The 33rd Season of Indoor Soccer in Baltimore Will Begin on November 3

Baltimore – The Baltimore Blast released its 2012-13 schedule today, with the action slated to kick off on Saturday, November 3 at 1st Mariner Arena against the Chicago Soul, the MISL’s newest addition.  The Blast will play 26 regular season games, 13 at home and 13 on the road, and will compete against teams from Milwaukee, Missouri, Syracuse, Rochester, Wichita and Chicago.

In a rematch of the 2011 and 2012 MISL Championships, the Blast and Wave will meet for the first time this season on November 16 in Baltimore.  The two teams, who boast the fiercest and longest-standing rivalry in the MISL, will play each other four times during the 2012-13 regular season.

The MISL Playoffs will begin with the semifinals March 8-10, featuring matchups between the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds. Each pair will meet in a home-and-home series with a mini game following the second game if needed.  The championship will follow the same format on March 15-17. The higher seed will have the option to choose which game it hosts.

The MISL Board of Governors increased each team’s number of regular season games from 24 to 26 beginning with the 2012-13 season, adding two games for each team without increasing the length of the regular season. The Governors also voted for a single-table format, eliminating the past divisional alignment.

Keeping with the Baltimore Blast tradition of affordable family entertainment, fans will be treated to various promotional items throughout the season.  The team will also host a variety of theme nights including Hall of Fame night, Boy and Girl Scout nights and a post-game Christian concert featuring Thousand Foot Krutch on January 25.

Season tickets, mini plans and single-game tickets for the 2012-13 Blast season will go on sale soon.  Season tickets and mini plans will be available through the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.  Single-game tickets will be available at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office and at all TicketMaster outlets including TicketMaster phone charge at 410-547-SEAT.  Tickets can also be purchased online atwww.ticketmaster.com.  For additional information on Blast tickets, call the Blast at 410-73-BLAST.

 

BALTIMORE BLAST 2012-13 SCHEDULE

 

Date                                                  Opponent                                Eastern Time

Saturday, November 3                                 vs. Chicago Soul                                   7:35 p.m.

Friday, November 9                                      vs. Chicago Soul                                   7:35 p.m.

Saturday, November 10                               vs. Syracuse Silver Knights                 7:35 p.m.

Friday, November 16                                    vs. Milwaukee Wave                            7:35 p.m.

Saturday, November 17                                    at Rochester Lancers                               7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 23                                        at Wichita Wings                                     8:35 p.m.

Saturday, November 24                                    at Missouri Comets                                  8:35 p.m.

Friday, December 7                                       vs. Wichita Wings                                 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, December 15                               vs. Missouri Comets                             7:35 p.m.

Friday, December 21                                        at Chicago Soul                                       8:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 22                                    at Milwaukee Wave                                  7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 1                                          at Rochester Lancers                               4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 4                                          vs. Rochester Lancers                          7:35 p.m.

Saturday, January 5                                     vs. Rochester Lancers                          7:35 p.m.

Friday, January 11                                            at Chicago Soul                                       8:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 12                                       at Milwaukee Wave                                  7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 18                                            at Syracuse Silver Knights                        7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 20                                          at Syracuse Silver Knights                        1:30 p.m.

Friday, January 25                                        vs. Rochester Lancers                          7:35 p.m.

Saturday, January 26                                   vs. Missouri Comets                             7:35 p.m.

Friday, February 1                                            at Syracuse Silver Knights                        7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 2                                    vs. Syracuse Silver Knights                 7:35 p.m.

Friday, February 8                                            at Wichita Wings                                     8:35 p.m.

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

Saturday, February 16                                 vs. Wichita Wings                                 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, February 23                                 vs. Milwaukee Wave                            7:35 p.m.

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