Lookingland and the Blast Beat La RaZa, 12-11

Former Players Pat Ercoli and Cris Vaccaro Join Blast Legends; Blast Celebrate 30th Season of Baltimore Soccer with Players from all 30 Years

Led by Machel Millwood and Max Ferdinand, the Baltimore Blast beat the Monterrey La RaZa, 12-11, Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena.  In a game that featured three red cards, two missed penalty kicks, eight power plays and a Blast defender in goal, Baltimore came out ahead and moved into second place in the MISL.

Monterrey took an early 2-0 lead when former Blast player Ibrahim Kante scored in the first quarter but Millwood tied the game at 2-2 just 12 seconds into the second quarter.  Victor Quiroz scored a three-point goal to put La RaZa on top, 5-2, but Adrian Bumbut scored less than 40 seconds later to make it 5-4.  The Blast took their first lead of the game, 6-5, when Millwood scored his second goal at 11:14.

The Blast scored the first two goals of the second half (Ferdinand and Rod Dyachenko) to jump out to a 10-5 lead before goalkeeper Sagu was ejected for a serious foul play against Monterrey's leading scorer Genoni Martinez at 11:13 of the quarter.  Defender Mike Lookingland took over in goal for the Blast, allowing just one goal in the remainder of the third quarter.  Ferdinand scored his second goal of the game to end the quarter with the Blast leading 12-7.  Earlier in the quarter, Monterrey's trainer was ejected from the game for violent conduct.

Monterrey attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter with goals from Martinez and Evan McNeley cutting the Blast lead to 12-11 but Lookingland made six saves and the Blast were able to defend the lead and earn the win.  La RaZa goalkeeper Jose Bontti was also ejected in the match, late in the fourth quarter for a hand ball outside the box that was his third penalty of the game.  Victor Quiroz played in goal for Monterrey for the remainder of the game.

The Blast will return to 1st Mariner Arena on March 12th and 13th to host the Rockford Rampage and Philadelphia KiXX, respectively.

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The Baltimore Blast inducted former players Pat Ercoli and Cris Vaccaro into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame tonight.  Original Blast Head Coach Kenny Cooper, former players Stan Stamenkovic, Mike Stankovic, Tim Wittman, Bruce Savage, Dave MacWilliams, Joey Fink, Heinz Wirtz, Keith Van Eron, Dominic Mobilio, Billy Ronson and Richard Chinapoo are already in the Hall of Fame, along with original MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman.  Ercoli and Vaccaro will be honored in a ceremony during halftime of the Blast game against the Monterrey La RaZa.  

“I am pleased to announce the upcoming induction of Pat Ercoli and Cris Vaccaro into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame," said Blast Owner Ed Hale.  "Pat will always be remembered as a hard-working, opportunistic player who would run through a wall to score a goal.  Cris was a silent leader and the fans will always have fond memories of the goalkeeper jerseys he and his wife designed.  Both men left their mark on Baltimore's soccer landscape."

Ercoli, a forward, played for the original Blast from 1981-1985, was the second-leading goal scorer (34) and fourth-leading point-scorer (49) during the 1983-84 championship season.  He ranks ninth on the original Blast’s all-time scoring list with 176 points and is tied to rank fifth on the postseason all-time scoring list with 43 points.  He also led the MISL with 16 goals in the 1985 postseason.  Ercoli currently serves as the General Manager of the Rochester Rhinos of the USSF Division 2.

Vaccaro, a goalkeeper who played for the original Blast for the 1980-81 and 1991-92 seasons and for the Baltimore Spirit from 1992 to 1997, was the 1993 NPSL Goalkeeper of the Year.  He was a 1993 First-Team All-League selection, a 1994 Second-Team All-League selection and represented Baltimore in the 1993 and 1994 All-Star Games.  Vaccaro currently serves as the assistant coach for the Women’s Soccer team and goalkeeper trainer for Stockton State College soccer teams.  He is also the Head of Goalkeeping for the New Jersey Olympic Development Program and runs the Cris Vaccaro Team and Individual Soccer Training Programs.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions on Saturday, the team also celebrated the 30th season of professional soccer in Baltimore and welcomed back several players from throughout the 30 years.  

Single-game tickets to Blast home games cost $30, $22, $19 and $16 and are on sale at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 410-547-SEAT or online at  For additional information on all Blast tickets, call the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.

Baltimore Blast Class of 2010 Player Statistics:

Pat Ercoli’s Regular Season Stats:
Games Played - 170
Goals - 112
Assists - 64
Points - 176

Pat Ercoli’s Postseason Stats:
Games Played - 40
Goals - 34
Assists - 9
Points - 43

Cris Vaccaro’s Original Blast Regular Season:
Games Played - 43
Minutes - 2,418
Shots Faced - 1,183
Saves - 540
Goals Allowed - 220
GAA - 5.46
W-L - 20-18

Cris Vaccaro’s Original Blast Postseason:
Games Played - 6
Minutes - 316
Shots Faced - 182
Saves - 75
Goals Allowed - 29
GAA - 5.51
W-L - 1-4

Cris Vaccaro’s Current Blast/Spirit Regular Season:
Games Played - 132
Minutes - 7,350:39
Shots Faced - 2,635
Saves - 1,860
Goals Allowed - 775
GAA - 6.33
Points Allowed - 1,457
PAA - 11.89
3-point goals allowed - 45
2-point goals allowed - 592
1-point goals allowed - 138
W-L - 77-41

Cris Vaccaro’s Current Blast/Spirit Postseason:
Games Played - 13
Minutes - 739:38
Shots Faced - 267
Saves - 177
Goals Allowed - 89
GAA - 7.22
Points Allowed - 168
PAA - 13.62
3-point goals allowed - 5
2-point goals allowed - 69
1-point goals allowed - 15
W-L - 4-9

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