Bayhawks' season finale washed out

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — UNIONDALE, N.Y. - You don't need a weatherman to make predictions when the Baltimore Bayhawks and Long Island Lizards are scheduled to play.

It's going to rain. Hard.


You can count on it.

That was never so true as it was last night, when the teams played 6:29 of their game at Mitchel Athletic Field before a downpour drove them to their locker rooms. Long Island was leading 1-0 at the time on an unassisted goal by Jay Jalbert.


After a delay of 2 hours, 10 minutes, the regular-season finale for both teams was canceled.

"I would have liked to have played," said Bayhawks player/coach Gary Gait. "It would have been a lot of fun. We're all competitors. We were fired up and ready to play. Now we'll regroup and go into the final four tournament."

Even though both teams already wrapped up their division titles, Baltimore (7-4) in the National, the Lizards (8-3) in the American, the game was important for seeding in the upcoming Major League Lacrosse playoffs, which will begin Friday at Villanova (Pa.) Stadium.

The teams split their previous two meetings, both of which were interrupted by rains at Homewood Field.

As a result of last night's washout, the first in the MLL's three-year history, the Bayhawks will be seeded second and will play No. 3 seed New Jersey in one semifinal, while Long Island will meet No. 4 Boston in the other.

"We've just got to be ready to play New Jersey," Gait said. "We've had an extra week off, which is good, not bad."

The Bayhawks swept both of their games against the Pride this year.

One casualty of the cancellation was the bid by Bayhawk attack Mark Millon to capture the MLL scoring title.


Instead, Millon, the MLL's all-time scoring leader, finished with 68 points, two points behind Rochester's Casey Powell.