Led by defender Pat Morris, the Baltimore Blast improved to 12-3 after a 14-10 victory over the Omaha Vipers Friday night at 1st Mariner Arena. The first-place Blast will host second-place Milwaukee Wave on Sunday at 5:05 p.m.
Frederico Moojen scored the first two goals of the match to give the Vipers a 4-0 lead midway through the first quarter but the Blast fought back, scoring the next three goals to take a 6-4 lead. Mike Lookingland scored Baltimore's first goal, late in the first quarter, to cut the Vipers lead to 4-2.
Giuliano Celenza scored next to tie the game at 4-4 and Morris gave the Blast their first lead of the night, 6-4, at 4:56 of the second quarter. Mauricio Curiel Hernandez ended the Blast's scoring streak to tie the game at 6-6 less than two minutes after Morris gave the Blast the lead. Moojen went on to complete his hat trick, putting the Vipers back on top, 8-6, but Blast defender Zach Wilkes scored to tie the game at 8-8.
The Blast came out strong in the second half, scoring two straight goals to jump out to a 12-8 lead. With Carlos Garcia serving a two-minute holding penalty, team captain Robbie Aristodemo scored a short-handed goal to give the Blast the 10-8 lead and Lucio Gonzaga followed two minutes later to make it 12-8. Following a two-minute kicking penalty on Warren Ukah, Johnny Torres converted a penalty kick to end the third quarter and cut the Blast lead to 12-10.
Morris scored his second goal of the game, extending the Blast lead to 14-10 and sealing the team's league-leading 12th win.
* Pat Morris scored the 200th goal of his career; Morris also surpassed the 500-point mark for his career.
* Lucio Gonzaga recorded the 100th and 101st points of his Blast career.
* The Blast leads the MISL with four short-handed goals.
Buy tickets to the remaining three home Blast games.
In honor of Army night, the Blast played in camo jerseys that were auctioned off during the game.
November 28 - Omaha Civic Arena, W, 15-10
December 18 - 1st Mariner Arena, W, 12-4
December 31 - Omaha Civic Arena, L, 8-9February 18 - 1st Mariner Arena, W, 14-10