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Stealth Comeback Falls Short Against Titans

03/02/2009, 5:34pm PST
By Washington Stealth
Colin Doyle scored seven goals to lead a San Jose comeback from a five-goal deficit, but the Stealth ultimately lost 15-14 to the New York Titans at the Prudential Center on March 1.  It is the second loss in as many days for the Stealth, who drop to 3-6 on the season and into fifth place in the West Division standings.

Stealth rookies Paul Rabil and Rhys Duch scored in the first quarter as San Jose fell behind 3-2 after one.  After Steve McKinlay scored his first career NLL goal to open the second quarter and tie the game at three, the Titans outscored the Stealth 6-2 in the remainder of the quarter to take a 9-5 lead at the halftime break.

The Stealth were down by five just four minutes into the second half, when Doyle single handedly got San Jose back in the game.  He scored three goals in the third quarter and two in the fourth as the Stealth cut the Titans lead to one with eleven minutes remaining in regulation.  It was a 6-2 run for the Stealth.  Cam Sedgwick scored twice during the run to make the score 14-13.  Midway through the fourth the Titans went back up by two with a goal by Jamie Rooney with just over eight minutes to play.  The Stealth answered with another goal by Duch to make the score 15-14 in favor of the Titans.  

With 28 seconds left in regulation, the Stealth went on a power play with a chance to tie the game at 15.  The Stealth got three shots with the extra-man, but none were on goal.  New York’s Jarrett Park scooped up a loose ball with five seconds remaining to run out the clock and secure the victory.

Doyle led all players with seven goals and eight points.  Sedgwick finished with eight points, including six assists.  Duch recorded a hat trick to go along with three helpers.  Matt Roik and Aaron Bold combined for 41 saves.  Bold was credited with the loss.  

The story of the game was the dominance by New York in the face-off and loose ball battles.  The Titans’ Stephen Peyser won 25 of the 33 face-offs in the game and grabbed a game-high 15 loose balls.  New York picked up 87 loose balls to the Stealth’s 76.

The Stealth are in action again on March 14, when they play host to West Division rival Colorado Mammoth.  The opening face-off is scheduled for 12:30pm.  Tickets are available for the game by calling 877-MY-SJ-TIX or at Ticketmaster.com.  Family four packs are available for just $80.  The package includes four lower level tickets, hot dogs and sodas.

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