Bandits race past Thunder, 23-13


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bandits scored nine straight goals en route to a 23-13 victory over the Baltimore Thunder last night in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League.

After falling behind 2-0 to the defending champion Bandits, the Thunder roared back for six straight goals in 2:32 to catch the Bandits on their heels. Three of the first Baltimore goals were unassisted.

Tony Millon started the Thunder attack with 9:05 left, followed by Jeff Jackson at 8:33, Tim Welsh at 8:26 and Jackson, assisted by Jim Blanding at 7:23 to make it 4-2.

Baltimore's John Tucker and Matt Kerwick added goals, and Buffalo pulled starting goalie Bill Gerrie for Ross Cowie.

"He changed goalies in the second quarter because his starter was losing confidence," said Thunder coach John Stewart. "Then I think we only had eight shots total, so we didn't really test [Cowie]".

The move seemed to wake up the Bandits, who finished the first quarter with consecutive goals by John Tavares and Darris Kilgour. Baltimore's Brian Kronenberger scored to open the second quarter.

The Bandits scored nine straight goals to take a 13-7 lead at the intermission.

Stewart said his team was still in good shape at halftime.

"I felt if we could cut the deficit to say 15-12 by the end of the third quarter, we could still make it at game. But it just got away from us," he said.

In the third quarter, Tavares scored an unassisted goal to make it 14-7.

Baltimore got a goal at 9:51 by Tom Stanziale on an assist from Tucker and Rick Sowell.

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