Eastern Conference Championship Preview
Baltimore Blast vs. Missouri Comets
Game 1: Thursday, March 24 8:05p.m. EST @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena (Missouri)
Game 2: Tuesday, March 29 7:05p.m. EST @ Royal Farms Arena (Baltimore)
Game 3: Mini Game (If Necessary): Tuesday, March 29 @ Royal Farms Arena (Baltimore)
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: Finished the regular season 15-4 and are the number 1 seed in the Eastern Division. Defeated the Syracuse Silver Knights in Eastern Division Final.
Missouri Comets: Finished the regular season 17-3 as the number 1 seed in the Central Division. Defeated the Milwaukee Wave in the Central Division Final.
Regular Season Matchups: The Blast are 0-3 against the Comets this season.
Jan 31- Blast 4 Comets 6
Feb 19- Blast 4 Comets 5
Feb 27- Blast 4 Comets 5
Baltimore Post Season Leaders:
Pat Healey, who was recently named MASL Defender of the Year, leads the best defense in the league which has allowed only 8 goals so far this postseason. Healey also leads the Blast on offense with 3 goals and 3 assists in the Division Final. Tony Donatelli, who was named Honorable Mention All MASL, and forward Jinho Kim have both recorded 2 goals each this postseason.
William Vanzela, who was recently named second team all MASL, leads all goalies in postseason GAA (3.42) and save percentage (.784) just like he did throughout the regular season.
Baltimore Blast 2015-2016 Honors:
Pat Healey- MASL Defender of the Year
William Vanzela- 2nd Team All MASL
Tony Donatelli- Honorable Mention All MASL
Onua Obasi- Honorable Mention All MASL
Baltimore Regular Season League Leaders:
William Vanzela leads the MASL in GAA. (2.95)
William Vanzela leads the MASL in save percentage. (.791)
Pat Healey (43) tied for the league lead in blocks.
Tony Donatelli (17) and Pat Healey (17) are tied for 11th in assists.
Tony Donatelli (31) ranks 19th in points.
Vini Dantas (20) ranks 24th in goals.
Baltimore Team Leaders (Regular Season):
Points: Goals: Assists: Blocks:
Tony Donatelli-34 Vini Dantas- 20 Pat Healey- 17 Pat Healey- 43
Vini Dantas-30 Lucas Roque- 19 Tony Donatelli-17 Kaoru Forbess- 19
Lucas Roque- 26 Tony Donatelli-17 Vini Dantas-10 Adriano Dos Santos-17
Pat Healey- 23 Andrew Hoxie-15 Jinho Kim-9 Donatelli/Periera-7
The Competition- Missouri Comets:
The Comets offense enters averaging 9 goals a game so far this post season. The Blast defense will look to shut down Leo Gibson and Max Touloute who both recorded 5 goals in the Division Final. Goalkeeper Boris Pardo enters with a postseason GAA of 3.50 and which is second to the Blast’s Vanzela. The Comets are coached by Vlatko Andonovski.
Missouri Comets 2015-2016 Honors:
Vahid Assadpour- First Team All MASL
Leo Gibson- Second Team All MASL
Boris Pardo- Third Team All MASL
John Sosa- Third Team All MASL
Missouri Team Leaders (Regular Season):
Points: Goals: Assists: Blocks:
Vahid Assadpour-50 Vahid Assadpour- 23 Vahid Assadpour- 27 Kevin Ten Eyck- 23
Leo Gibson-44 Leo Gibson- 21 Leo Gibson-23 John Sosa- 17
Lucas Rodriguez- 28 Lucas Rodriguez-19 John Sosa-19 Stefan Stokic-15
John Sosa- 28 Max Touloute-19 Rodriguez/Palmer-9 Palmer/Harris-14
Opponents and Teammates:
While the Blast and Comets are one of the best rivalries in indoor soccer, both teams are highly represented on the U.S. National Futsal Team. Pat Healey and Lucas Roque represent the Blast while Leo Gibson, Bryan Perez, Brian Harris, John Sosa, and Boris Pardo represent the Comets.