The Baltimore Blast defeated the Massachusetts Twisters, 37-5, Saturday night at the Eastern States Coliseum. Rookie Adrian Bumbut led the Blast with five goals (including one three-pointer) and one assist for 12 points on the night. Matt Tirschman also recorded a hat trick en route to Baltimore's eighth win of the season. The Blast remains atop the NISL standings with a 8-2 record heading into the weekend matches against Rockford and Massachusetts.
WIth Dave Kern in goal, the Blast got out to a fast start, jumping out to a 12-0 lead midway through the first quarter. In just his second game of the season, Bumbut opened the scoring, just 93 seconds into the match, with a three-point goal, his first goal of the season. He scored again, less than four minutes later to extend Baltimore's lead to 5-0. Jonathan Greenfield, who returned to game action after missing three games with a hamstring injury, scored a three-point goal in in the sixth minute. Denison Cabral and Pat Healey followed up to make it 12-0 in the eighth minute of the game before Jeff Deren scored for the Twisters, with just 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter, to cut the Blast's lead to 12-3.
Franco Cartiera scored the Twisters' second goal, just one minute into the second quarter, to make it 12-5 before Baltimore went on a three-goal run to extend its lead to 18-5 at halftime. Mike Lookingland scored the first of the three goals, followed by Bumbut to complete his first-half hat trick, and PJ Wakefield scored in the 12th minute to end the second-quarter scoring.
Bumbut added two more goals in the third quarter, as did Tirschman, and Carlos Garcia scored his first goal of the night on a one-on-one with Massachusetts goalkeeper Adam Peron. Tirschman's goals came at 3:37 and 14:22 of the quarter while Bumbut scored at the 4:42 and 11:46 mark. Garcia got in on the goal-scoring action at 12:25.
Lookingland scored a three-point goal, his second goal of the night, to give Baltimore a 31-5 lead early in the final quarter of play before Tirschman added his third goal of the night to make it 33-5. Bumbut assisted Tirschman's third goal for his 12th point of the game. Scott Buete and Matt Watson scored late in the game to clinch the record-setting 37-5 victory.
Machel Millwood, who has now missed three games with an ankle injury, did not travel with the team and Giuliano Celenza did not play in the match.
Notes from the match:
* Baltimore's 37 points in the game marks the most points the team has scored this season and Bumbut's 12 points and five goals are individual bests on the season.
* Goalkeeper Dave Kern made his first start of the season in goal and earned the sixth win of his career.
* The 37 points scored sets a club record for most points scored in a single game; the previous record was 34 (34-15 win over Kansas City at 1st Mariner Arena, 2/20/00).
* The 37 points is also a club record for most points scored in a road game; the previous record was 29 (29-10 win at Dayton, 1/22/95).
* The 16 goals scored also sets team records for most goals scored in one game and most goals scored in a road game (previous record for both was 13, 1/26/01 in 27-12 win at Cleveland).
* 10 different Blast players scored in the game.
All Blast games can be heard live on WCBM AM 680 or on the Internet at www.wcbm.com.
The Blast will return to 1st Mariner Arena to host the Rockford Rampage on Friday, February 20th. The 20th is bobble head night and the first 2,000 fans who enter the Arena will receive a free PJ Wakefield bobble head, courtesy of 1st Mariner Arena. Tickets to the remaning Blast home games are available at www.ticketmaster.com.