Long Island Original, MLL Goals Leader Goettelmann Likely to Retire
by Corey McLaughlin | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
All-time MLL goals leader Tim Goettelmann says his pending decision on retirement is "closer to yes."
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Tim Goettelmann had the story
of his potential final season mapped out. And it had unfolded as
planned until the Long Island Lizards’ loss Sunday afternoon
to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the Major League Lacrosse
In his 10th and likely final MLL season, Goettelmann, the veteran attackman from Loyola and last remaining original Long Island Lizard, became the league’s all-time leading scorer, passing Jesse Hubbard, in the Lizards’ final regular season home game, as he hoped.
Then championship weekend arrived. The Lizards beat Denver for the first time in eight tries and Chesapeake upset top-seeded Boston, setting up a Lizards-Bayhawks final for the fifth time in the 10-year history of MLL. It was the same matchup as his and the league’s first season. Long Island won that one.
It seemed as if God was in on having the story play out as designed, Goettelmann said after Saturday’s semifinals, and he looked forward to retiring as a champ. But after the Bayhawks beat the Lizards, 13-9, Sunday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, he acknowledged, “I guess God predicted the Bayhawks to win.”
Earlier in the season, Goettelmann said this season would be his last, but recently said he was unsure. After Sunday's game, he said he was probably retiring despite the loss.
“It’s closer to being yes,” said Goettelmann, whose 251 career regular season goals are 24 more than the next active player, Kevin Leveille. “We’ll see when it comes around. I give credit to the Bayhawks. They did great, but hopefully Long Island can come back. I don’t know if I’m going to be a part of it.”
“We’ll see what my wife says, I guess,” said Goettelmann, who has two young kids and another on the way with his wife, Lisa. For his day job, he is an insurance broker in New York.
It was close to ending how he wanted. The score Sunday was tied at eight to start the fourth quarter, but Chesapeake went on a 4-0 run to break the game open.
Brian Carroll started it with a man-up goal, the result of one of seven Long Island Lizard penalties. Less than a minute later, Kyle Dixon fired an on-the-run high shot past goalie Drew Adams. Michael Kimmel then scored on a rebound to make it 11-8 with 9:34 remaining.
“It’s tough to swallow,” Goettelmann said. “You gotta give credit to them. They got up on us three goals ... because of the penalties and Alex Smith did a good job on faceoffs at the end. It was tough to catch up.”
Goettelmann was the last Lizard to leave the field and received a postgame hug from Lizards coach Jim Mule before heading to the locker room. “It is what it is,” Mule told him. “We fought them.”
Then the 6-4, 215-pounder got a hug from a representative of the other team, Bayhawks coaching consultant Dave Cottle, Goettelmann’s college coach at Loyola.
“It was nice to be 32 years old and keep playing,” Goettelmann said between the hugs. “I’ve been lucky enough to keep playing lacrosse, which I love to do. I’m happy.”