Andrew Wasik scored 3:17 into overtime on a two-man advantage to give the Baltimore Bombers a 17-16 win in their North American Lacrosse League franchise debut against the Boston Rockhoppers before about 1,300 fans at New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass., on Saturday night.
The Bombers came back from a 14-12 deficit heading into the fourth quarter to take a 16-14 lead in the final period of regulation before the Rockhoppers (1-1) tied it at 16 on a goal by Tim Fallon with 2:47 left, sending the contest to a 15-minute, sudden-death extra session.
"Tons of energy all around,” Bombers forward Justin Otto told In Lacrosse We Trust. “We knew it would be a tough game, but we prepared well at practice and stayed positive the whole game. Everyone played their role, and we got the 'W.'
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“Obviously it was huge to win our first franchise game.” Otto added. “Hats off to [goalie] Ginny [Capicchioni] and the rest of the defense for coming up big in the fourth quarter and giving the offense a chance to win it. Offensively, we were unselfish and buried our opportunities. There’s still some work to be done, but I think everyone was happy with the performance.”
Wasik, a transition player, also got the first goal in Bombers history and finished with four on the night. A pair of Mount St. Joseph alumni -- Jordan Kenney (a former Stevenson men's assistant coach) and Devan Spilker -- also scored hat tricks for Baltimore.
Neither team led by more than two goals; the Bombers were ahead 10-9 at the half. Their next game is their home debut next Sunday at 3 p.m. against the Rhode Island Kingfish at Du Burns Arena. Tickets are on sale on Facebook and the Bombers website.