Baltimore Blast vs. Harrisburg Heat
Sunday, March 5th @ Royal Farms Arena 4:05 p.m. EST
Setting the Tone:
Baltimore Blast: 13-6
Clinched first place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated St. Louis 3-1
Harrisburg Heat: 10-9
Clinched second place in the Eastern Division
Previous Game: Defeated Florida 4-2
Season Series: 11/5/16 The Blast defeated the Heat in Harrisburg 11-6
12/30/16 The Heat defeated the Blast in Harrisburg 7-4
1/14/17 The Blast defeated the Heat 5-2 in Baltimore
Baltimore Players to Watch:
Tony Donatelli is tied for 4th in the league in assists with 20 and is tied for the team lead in goals with Vini Dantas at 18. Andrew Hoxie and Lucas Roque are also scoring threats for the Blast who are averaging 5.4 goals per game. The Blast offense is well rounded with 18 players recording at least 1 goal so far this season.
Last season’s MASL Defender of the Year, Pat Healey and veteran defender Adriano Dos Santos anchor a defense which is allowing 3.5 goals per game. Goalkeeper William Vanzela leads the MASL with a 3.36 GAA.
The Competition- Harrisburg Heat
After defeating the Tropics last weekend the Heat are coming off the momentum of clinching their first playoff berth in the last 17 years. Ricardo Carvalho leads the Heat in points with 27 off of 16 goals and 11 assists. Lucio Gonzaga leads the team in goals with 19. Defensively, Stephen Basso leads the MASL with 52 blocks. Goalkeeper Hugo Silva enters with an 8-4 record and a 5.55 GAA. The Heat are coached by Blast hall of famer, Denison Cabral.
Upcoming Games: Eastern Divisional Finals
March 11 7:05 p.m. EST Harrisburg Heat @ Baltimore Blast
Game 2 and potential mini game:
March 14 7:35 p.m. EST Baltimore Blast @ Harrisburg Heat