Thunder stalls again in quest to avenge title loss in Detroit

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Baltimore Thunder went to Joe Louis Arena Saturday night looking for revenge against the Detroit Turbos for last season's 14-12 loss in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League championship game.

But all the Thunder got was another disappointing loss as the Turbos rallied from a 5-1 first-quarter deficit to win, 20-13.

"We thought we knew their personnel well and would find a way to win," Thunder coach John Stewart said yesterday. "But their goalie, Ted Sawicki [46 saves, five assists], was the difference in the game. He's always given us problems and this time he held his ground well and made us shoot to the corners. We missed a lot of shots on breakaways."

Sawicki is a two-time All-MILL selection and "does what he has to do," according to Stewart.

Stewart said the Thunder played "a hard-hitting game" but the Turbos "executed well and took advantage of their chances."

The Thunder (1-1) will play its next game Jan. 25 at the Baltimore Arena against the New York Saints at 8 p.m.

Gary Gait had three goals and four assists to lead the Turbos, and Pete Parke added three goals and two assists for Detroit (1-0), which out-scored the Thunder 13-7 in the second half.

Jeff Jackson (Loyola High) paced Baltimore with four goals and three assists. John Holthaus (Loyola College) added a goal and six assists.

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