The Baltimore Blast lost their first game of the season Sunday night, 14-6, to the Rockford Rampage at the MetroCentre in Rockford, Ill. The Blast remain in first place with a 5-1 record on the season and will travel to Philadelphia on the 17th to play the KiXX.
For the first time this season, the Blast's opponent scored the first goal of the game as newly signed Gary Brooks gave the Rampage an early 2-0 lead. Machel Millwood tied the game at 2-2 just seconds after Brooks scored but Novi Marojevic converted a penalty kick goal in the 10th minute of the first quarter to put the Rampage back on top, 4-2. The Rampage was awarded the PK after PJ Wakefield pulled Brooks down in front of the Blast goal.
Early in the second quarter, Rampage goalkeeper (and former Blast player) Sanaldo was called for a handball outside the box that led to a Giuliano Celenza shootout goal to tie the game at 4-4.
Brooks scored his second goal of the night, just four minutes into the second half, to regain the lead for Rockford (6-4); his third goal of the match gave the Rampage an 8-4 lead midway through the final quarter. Scott Buete cut the Rampage lead to 8-6 just after the midway mark of the fourth quarter but Rockford scored two late three-point goals against Baltimore's sixth attacker offense to earn the 14-6 victory.
The Blast played without all-time leading scorer Denison Cabral, who stayed in Baltimore with an illness, and Matt Watson, who missed his second game with a hamstring injury; rookie Rich Lesmes made his professional indoor debut.
The Blast will play another road game (the 17th in Philadelphia) before returning to 1st Mariner Arena on January 23rd to host the Monterrey La RaZa. Tickets for all Blast games are on sale now and are available at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office and at all TicketMaster outlets including TicketMaster phonecharge at 410-547-SEAT. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information on Blast tickets, call the Blast at 410-73-BLAST.
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