August 11, 2012

Hamilton Downs Playoff Bound Lizards 18-8

from press release

HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada - Midfielder Rhys Duch scored five goals and added two assists as the Hamilton Nationals ended the season by earning an 18-8 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Long Island Lizards at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday evening.

Despite the loss, the Lizards earned the fourth seed in the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior and will face top-seeded Denver in the first semi-final on Saturday, August 25 at 1 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.

After rookie attackman Tommy Palasek gave Long Island a quick 1-0 lead in the first 80 seconds of the opening quarter, the Nationals tallied six unanswered goals, including a two-point goal from midfielder Donny Moss, to take a commanding 7-1 lead with 11:01 left in the second quarter.

With 7:58 remaining in the first half, midfielder Stephen Peyser scored an unassisted goal to trim the deficit to 7-2 before the Nationals added three consecutive goals, upping their advantage to 10-2 with 3:50 left.

A pair of goals, including a two-point marker from Peyser, narrowed the Lizards' deficit to 10-5 at the intermission.

Led by a goal and an assist from Duch, the Nationals expanded their advantage to 13-5 by scoring three consecutive goals to begin the third quarter. However, the Lizards answered with a pair of goals, including a two-point marker from attackman Max Seibald, to close the gap to 13-8 with 14:36 remaining in regulation.

However, the Nationals put the game out of reach by scoring five goals in a row, including a goal and an assist from midfielder Joe Walters.

Duch, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, led the Nationals with his seven-point performance while Walters contributed a goal with four assists.

Peyser led the Lizards with two goals, including a two-point marker, in a losing effort.


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