Blast star forward Lucas Roque tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Harrisburg Heat and is scheduled to have surgery next week. The six-year veteran had 12 goals and 13 for the Blast this season.
The Blast were put to the test by the visiting Heat for most of Saturday night's Major Arena Soccer League game, leaning on their power play and defense early before a sudden burst of offense in the fourth quarter secured a 5-2 win before an announced 5,102 at Royal Farms Arena.
For the second straight game, the Blast rallied from a late two-goal deficit against the Missouri Comets to claim a 4-3 win in overtime and capture the Major Arena Soccer League's Eastern Conference championship.
Captain Pat Healey and Adriano Dos Santos each scored two goals, forward Lucas Roque provided three assists, and goalie William Vanzela made nine saves as the Blast came away with an 8-5 win over the Sockers before an announced crowd of 8,953 at Royal Farms Arena.