Blast travel to New York
BALTIMORE, MD (December 26, 2019) – The Blast travel to New York for back-to-back games and open up their 2019-20 season’s series with the Rochester Lancers on Saturday night in Rochester. Baltimore leads the all-time regular season series 18-0. Kickoff on Saturday is at 7:05 p.m. at the ROC Dome. On Sunday, the Blast head to Utica for the fourth and final matchup of the regular season against Utica City FC. Utica City leads the season’s series 2-1 with the most recent win coming on December 14thin Baltimore. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. at the Adirondack Bank Center.
The Blast look to bounce back as they are currently on a three-game slide. Last week the Blast opened the road trip when they faced the Florida Tropics and Orlando SeaWolves. The Blast struggled to keep up with Florida’s offensive outburst as they lost 7-2. They would look to regroup as they traveled to Orlando. The game was a tight contest, but a last second goal by Omar Tapia of the SeaWolves captured Orlando’s first win of the season.
Leading the way for the Blast this season are Vini Dantas, Tony Donatelli and Juan Pereira. Dantas leads the team and is tied for third in the league for goals with 10. He also leads the team and is tied for second in points with 13. Donatelli and Pereira head into leading the team and tied for third in the league for assists with six. The two of them have played a major part in Baltimore’s Eastern Conference leading 36 team goals. The Blast are coached by Head Coach Danny Kelly and Assistant Coach David Bascome.
This is the first time these teams will meet since Rochester’s return to the league after a brief hiatus. The last meeting was on March 1, 2015 when the Blast beat the Lancers 25-23 in Rochester. The Lancers have not fared well in their return to the MASL as they are currently winless through four games. In their most recent game on December 14th, they set their season high for goals scored with four. The Lancers have relied heavily on Anthony Rozzano and Jeremy Ortiz this season. Rozzano is responsible for the majority of the Lancer offense this season with two goals and four points. He averages a point per game. Ortiz has been a bright spot in an otherwise dull defense. He leads the team and is tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with six blocked shots. Rochester is coached by Head Coach Doug Miller and Assistant Coaches Adam Schwartz and John Berardicurti.
Since dropping the season opener to the Blast, Utica has gone on to win their next four games. They take their winning streak into the weekend as they host the Harrisburg Heat on Saturday and Blast on Sunday. Their last game was against the Blast where they beat them in overtime on a Ben Ramin goal. They current sit in second place in the Eastern Conference behind Florida. Anchoring Utica this season are Andrew Coughlin, Cristhian Segura and Bo Jelovac. Coughlin has been one of the top goalies this season charting in the top five for goals against average and save percentage and leads the league in wins with four. Segura has made an immediate impact for Utica since being traded from San Diego. He is tied for the team lead in points with nine and is second in goals with seven. A lot of Utica’s offense is based around Bo Jelovac and he leads the team and is tied for fourth in the league with five assists. Utica is coached by Head Coach Ryan Hall and Assistant Coach Casey Murphy.
December 28, 2019 Blast @ Lancers. Kickoff is 7:05 p.m. at the ROC Dome
December 29, 2019 Blast @ Utica City FC. Kickoff is 2:00 p.m. at the Adirondack Bank Center
Both games can be seen live on MASL.TV. Make sure to follow the Blast on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
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