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Blast star Lucas Roque out for the season with torn ACL

Baltimore Blast transform the SECU Arena at Towson University. (Courtesy video)

Blast forward Lucas Roque will miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Harrisburg Heat.

The six-year veteran had an MRI exam Monday afternoon and will have surgery next week.

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Roque suffered the knee injury late in the fourth quarter minutes after tying the game with his 12th goal of the season. Lucas, who has been a major factor in three of the team's championships during his time in Baltimore, also has three assists this season.

The two-time defending Major Arena Soccer League champions are 9-3 and atop the league's Eastern Division, and Roque has carried the offense in recent weeks. Prior to Saturday's tying goal, he had three goals and two assists in road wins at Kansas City and Cedar Rapids the previous weekend.

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"It's a big loss for our team because he does so much for us," Blast president and general manager Kevin Healey said. "People see the goals and the assists, but when you talk about Lucas it's the total package. He digs balls out of the corner, his defensive work rate is phenomenal and he's a very intelligent player. All the things that help you win games is what Lucas does."

Healey said the team will explore options inside and outside the team to replace Roque on the roster.

On Saturday, the Blast played without forward Vini Dantas and defender Pat Healey because of hamstring injuries, but both are likely to return on Friday when the team travels to Syracuse to take on the Silver Knights.

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