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MASL Championship Preview

MASL Championship Preview

Baltimore Blast vs. Soles De Sonora

Game 1: Sunday, April 10 6:05p.m. EST @ Royal Farms Arena (Baltimore)

Game 2: Friday, April 15 11:00p.m. EST @ Centro de Usos (Sonora, Mexico)

Game 3: Mini Game (If Necessary): Friday, April 15 @ Centro de Usos (Sonora, Mexico)

 

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 and the Missouri Comets in the Eastern Conference Final.  

 

Soles De Sonora: Finished the regular season 17-3 as the number 1 seed in the Pacific Division. Defeated the San Diego Sockers in the Pacific Division Final and the Las Vegas Legends in the Western Conference Final.   

 

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 14 goals so far this postseason. Offensively, Lucas Roque leads the Blast in the postseason with 4 goals including one in double overtime of the Eastern Conference Finals to send the Blast to the championship. Tony Donatelli leads the Blast in assists this postseason with 5 while also adding 2 goals.

 

William Vanzela, who was recently named second team all MASL, leads all goalies in postseason GAA (3.14) and save percentage (.778) just like he did throughout the regular season.

 

Baltimore Team Leaders (Playoffs):

Points:                                  Goals:                                   Assists:                                 Blocks:

Pat Healey-7                      Lucas Roque-4                   Tony Donatelli-5              Pat Healey- 7

Tony Donatelli-7              Pat Healey-3                      Pat Healey-4                      Kaoru Forbess- 5

Lucas Roque- 5                  Donatelli/ Houapeu-2   Andrew Hoxie-3         Adriano Dos Santos-5

Andrew Hoxie- 3              Dos Santos/ Kim-2           3 Players Tied With-1     Onua Obasi-4

 

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- Soles De Sonora:

The high powered Sonora offense enters averaging 8.2 goals a game so far this postseason. The Blast defense will look to shut down MASL MVP, Franck Tayou, who leads Sonora with 12 goals so far this postseason.  Aljandro Leyva and Damian Garcia round out the Sonora offense as both players ended the regular season ranked top 25 in points. In goal for Sonora the Blast will face a familiar opponent in Diego Reynoso. He was a member of the Monterrey Flash last season and enters his second MASL Championship series with a GAA of 8.16. Soles De Sonora are coached by Jamie Luis Borrego.

 

Sonora Team Leaders (Playoffs):

Points:                                  Goals:                                   Assists:                                 Blocks:

Daniel Lopez-13                Franck Tayou-12               Lopez/Rosales-3              Roberto Escalante-6

Franck Tayou-12               Daniel Lopez-10                4 Players Tied With-2     Damian Garcia-5

Enrique Canez-7               Enrique Canez-6               7 Players Tied With-1     Antonio Garcia-5

Gustavo Rosales-6           Damian Garcia-4                                                          Franck Tayou-4

 

Soles De Sonora 2015-2016 Honors:

Franck Tayou- MASL MVP

Alejandro Leyva- MASL Rookie of the Year

Damian Garcia- First Team All MASL

 

Sonora Team Leaders (Regular Season):

Points:                                  Goals:                                   Assists:                                 Blocks:

Franck Tayou-62               Franck Tayou-47               Franck Tayou- 15              Damian Garcia-5

Alejandro Leyva-35         Alejandro Leyva- 30        Damian Garcia-13            Franck Tayou- 4

Damian Garcia- 35           Damian Garcia-22            Daniel Lopez-12            Christian Segura-4

Daniel Lopez- 29              Christian Segura-19        Diego Reynoso-11           Daniel Lopez- 2

 

International Competition

While the Blast are facing off against an international team in the Championship series for the second consecutive season, the team is no stranger to traveling outside of the United States. The Blast enter with a record of 41-14 against international opponents which include Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Monterrey, and now Sonora.  

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