Greg Havalchak wasn't able to prevent the Long Island Lizards from beating his Bayhawks, 9-6, last night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, but he had to flash a smile after finding out he was a factor in the lowest-scoring game in Major League Lacrosse history.
"Well, I'm glad I'm a part of that from a goalie's standpoint," said Havalchak, who made 16 saves on 24 shots. "It felt like college. Our defense really got in the zone; same with theirs, though."
Havalchak kept the Bayhawks (2-4) alive with several impressive saves, but his offense could only muster two second-half goals against Lizards goalie Greg Cattrano. The Bayhawks' six-goal performance matched the Chicago Machine's output from last week as the lowest total for a single team in an MLL game.
"Two weeks in a row our defense has played great and our goalie has played really well, too," Bayhawks coach Scott Hiller said. "[But] we scored two goals in the second half, and you're not going to win any games in this league scoring two goals in a half."
The previous lowest combined score in league history was 17, done twice, most recently by Rochester and the Bayhawks in 2002.
The Bayhawks took a quick 2-0 lead last night behind goals by midfielders Mike Mollot (Maryland) and Brendan Healy (Maryland) less than halfway through the first quarter.
But Long Island attackman Tim Goettelmann (Loyola College) dominated the other side of the field in the first half. He had a hat trick less than four minutes into the second quarter and then added a pair of assists to carry the Lizards into halftime with a 5-4 lead.
Goettelmann almost pulled the Lizards further ahead, but a pair of timely whistles left the third as a rare scoreless period. Goettelmann beat Havalchak with 5:38 remaining in the third, but the referee ruled his foot was in the crease. Then, less than four minutes later, a pushing foul on Bayhawks defender Christian Cook wiped out a would-be goal.
Despite leading all scorers with three goals and two assists, Goettelmann had high praise for the rookie Bayhawks goalie.
"I think Havalchak has got a bright future in this league," he said. "He's big, he's tall and with me shooting up high, he had a field day with me."
Fortunately for the Lizards (2-4), Cattrano had his way with everyone, stopping 11 of the 17 shots he faced, including a point blank chance by Bayhawks attackman Matt Ward in the fourth quarter.
Long Island's defense also frustrated a Bayhawks attack that Hiller said was "out of sync" with veteran Tom Marechek missing the game with a hamstring injury.
Midfielder Stephen Berger punctuated Long Island's second win of the season against the Bayhawks with a late two-point goal. And while the Lizards pulled into a tie with their hosts for last place in the Eastern Conference, they weren't exactly leaving the field bragging about the quality of play.
"It's pretty sad for lacrosse to have the lowest-scoring game in league history," Goettelmann said. "But a win is a win in any sport."
Long Island 2 3 0 4 - 9
Bayhawks 3 1 0 2 - 6
One-point goals: LI-Goettelmann 3, Berger, Byrnes, Garrison, Miller; B-Mollot 2, Frye, Healy, Millon, Ward. Two-point goals: LI-Berger. Assists: LI-Goettelmann 2; B-Ward. Saves: LI-Cattrano 11; B-Havalchak 16. Attendance: 2,448.