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VILLANOVA, Pa. - It took a span of 1 minute, 21 seconds for the Bayhawks to forget their first loss of the season.

Tom Marechek sparked a four-goal flurry in the second quarter, and the Bayhawks went on to defeat the Philadelphia Barrage, 19-9, last night before 3,009 at Villanova Stadium.

But the Bayhawks (10-1) failed to clinch the top seed heading into the playoffs as Boston defeated Long Island, 10-9, in overtime.

The Bayhawks can correct that situation with a victory in their regular-season season finale in Rochester on Aug. 13 or a Boston loss at Long Island on Aug. 12.

The visitors jumped out to a three-goal lead only to see Philadelphia pull to within 4-3, but Marechek scored to reverse the momentum with 12:26 left in the second quarter.

"The first quarter we came out strong," Marechek said. "[But] we still have our setbacks - a quarter that we don't put together. It's going to kill us in the end, so I think we have to get back to the drawing board and practice before the playoffs. We can't hold back."

Marechek's second goal was quickly followed by scores from Paul Cantabene, Matt Alrich and Jeff Sonke, who capped the spurt with 11:05 in the period to give the Bayhawks an 8-3 advantage.

Gary Gait paced the Bayhawks with five goals and three assists. He also scored his 150th career MLL goal.

Marechek contributed four goals and three assists, while Alrich recorded three goals and an assist and David Curry had two goals and two assists. Gavin Prout scored two goals.

The victory came on the heels of a 25-13 loss to Boston on Sunday.

Philadelphia (4-7) was led by Michael Springer, who had three goals and an assist. Ryan Boyle contributed two goals and two assists.

The Bayhawks were without attackman Mikey Powell, who was in upstate New York with transportation problems.

"We realize what we have to do," Marechek said. "We have to move the ball on offense. Everybody has to touch it and we haven't done that before this game."

"We got back to our game plan today and it worked out for us," Sonke said. "It's definitely a good confidence-builder for us going into the last regular-season game and going into the playoffs."

Bayhawks 4 6 4 5 - 19

Philadelphia 2 3 2 2 - 9

One-point goals: B-Gait 5, Marechek 4, Alrich 3, Curry 2, Prout 2, Sonke, Pfarr, Cantabene; Phi-Springer 3, Boyle 2, Striebel 2, Prager 2. Assists: B-Gait 3, Marachek 3, Curry 2, Alrich, Merrill, Pfarr, Prout, Sonke; Phi-Boyle 2, Springer, Sweeney. Saves: B-Tierney 16; Phi-Dougherty 23.

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