Danowski Nets 3 Twos as Lizards Rally to Down Machine

COLUMBUS, Ohio Attackman Matt Danowski tied a Major League Lacrosse record by scoring three two-point goals, including the game-winning goal with 1:24 remaining, as the Long Island Lizards (4-5) rallied from a late deficit to earn a 17-15 MLL victory over the Chicago Machine (4-5) in front of 3,018 fans at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.

Danowski, who scored four total games in the victory, became the sixth player in MLL history to score three two-point goals in a game. He is the first player to accomplish the feat since midfielder Kyle Dixon of the Washington Bayhawks tallied three two-point goals on June 27, 2009.

Trailing by 15-14 with 2:03 remaining in regulation, the Lizards scored two goals in a 39-second span to earn the victory. With 2:03 left, midfielder Stephen Berger scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 15-15. Then, Danowski scored on a 17-yard shot for his third two-point goal of the game past goalkeeper Jason LaShomb, giving the Lizards a two-point advantage they did not relinquish.

Led by a pair of goals from rookie attackman Ned Crotty, the Machine jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening seven minutes of the first quarter. But, the Lizards answered with back-to-back goals from Danowski and midfielder Stephen Peyser in a 40-second span to narrow the margin to 3-2 with 4:31 remaining in the stanza.

Midfielder Matt Striebel and attackman Kevin Leveille countered with consecutive goals to extend the Machine advantage to 5-2 with 28 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Machine scored three straight goals, including two markers from Kevin Leveille, in the first five minutes of the second quarter, upping Chicago's lead to 8-2.

After the teams exchanged goals, Peyser tallied his second goal of the game with 1:48 remaining in the first half to cut the deficit to 9-4 at the intermission.

Peyser and defenseman Frank D'Agostino opened the third quarter by scoring back-to-back goals, closing the Machine's lead to 9-6 with 10:09 left in the period. Following a Crotty power-play goal gave Chicago a four-point advantage, Danowski tallied a two-point goal to trim the margin in half.

Attackman Mike Leveille scored a short-handed goal off an assist from midfielder Brian Clayton to regain a three-point cushion for the Machine before Peyser and John Orsen scored consecutive goals to narrow the margin to 11-10 at the end of the third quarter.

The teams traded goals twice in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter before defenseman Greg Bice scored off a feed from midfielder Jordan Levine with 7:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. Then, Danowski tallied his second two-point marker of the game by converting a pass from rookie Parker McKee to even the score at 14-14.

With 5:48 remaining, Bice scored his second goal of the game off an assist from midfielder Josh Sims to give the Machine a 15-14 advantage and set up the Lizards' comeback.

Danowski, who tallied a game-high seven points, was named as the Bud Light MVP while Peyser added a four-goal performance. Goalkeeper Drew Adams made 13 saves for the Lizards, who outshot the Machine by a 43-41 margin.

Mike Leveille led the Machine in a losing effort by scoring three goals with an assist while Crotty tallied the first "hat trick" of his professional career by scoring three goals. Midfielder Matt Striebel added two goals with two assists for the Machine, which has dropped all six meetings against Long Island in the team's history.

The Machine will be idle for two weeks until Chicago visits Denver on July 24 at 9:00 p.m. EDT at Invesco Field at Mile High. Meanwhile, the Lizards will host the Chesapeake Bayhawks on July 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Shuart Stadium.


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