Led by Carlos Garcia, the Blast beat the visiting Norfolk SharX, 26-4, and clinched the Eastern Division title Wednesday night at 1st Mariner Arena. Baltimore's 26 points tied a season-high in points for 2011-12.
After giving up the first goal of the game to SharX leading scorer Miguel Ferrer, the Blast tied the game and went on to score seven more goals in the next 20 minutes. Norfolk's 2-0 lead lasted just 11 seconds before Shaun David tied the game at 2-2. It was all Blast from that point on as Mike Lookingland scored for a 4-2 lead, Carlos Garcia scored three goals in 12 minutes and Nicki Paterson, Machel Millwood and J.T. Noone each added first-half goals.
Millwood added his second goal of the game just 1:40 into the second half and Garcia recorded his fourth goal of the match to put the Blast on top 20-2. In the fourth quarter Millwood completed the hat trick, Noone added his second goal of the game and Max Ferdinand scored to give the Blast a 26-4 lead. Marcos Schmidt scored the last goal of the game, Norfolk's second of the match, to end the game 26-4.
With MISL January Goalkeeper of the Month Sagu getting a break, rookie goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald is manning the Blast net and allowed just one goal in the first half. Fitzgerald stopped eight of the 10 shots he faced in his third win of the season.
The Blast also scored 26 points on November 26 in the 26-9 win over the Rochester Lancers.
The Blast, 14-4, has won their last four games and will travel to Milwaukee this weekend to face the Wave on Saturday. The Wave, 14-2, boast the best record in the MISL and sit atop the Central Division.
Tickets to all Blast home games are available by calling 410-73-BLAST or online at www.TicketMaster.com.
Every remaining regular season game will be available via live webcast at www.MISLlivesoccer.com.
Remaining Regular Season Games:
Saturday, February 4 at Milwaukee Wave
Friday, February 10 at Missouri Comets
Saturday, February 18 vs. Milwaukee Wave
Sunday, February 26 at Norfolk SharX
Friday, March 2 vs. Wichita Wings
Sunday, March 4 at Syracuse Silver Knights
The first 500 adults who enter 1st Mariner Arena Wednesday night will receive a FREE fleece Blast blanket (the blankets are also available for sale at the Blast online store.