Goettelmann Breaks Scoring Mark in Lizards' Win

By Brian Coughlin

Long Island's own Tim Goettelmann broke the MLL's all-time goal scoring record tonight as he scored a hat trick against the Toronto Nationals. The hat-trick gave him his 246th, 247th and 248th goals of his career. Goettelmann passed former record setter Jesse Hubbard, who held the record with 247 goals.

This is just another career accomplishment for Tim, who holds the record for most games played with 121, and game clinching goals (13). With this latest record breaking performance, Goettelmann has to be considered as one of the all-time greats in the game of lacrosse.

On Saturday night, Goettelmann was held scoreless for the first three quarters. However, with the Nationals creeping back and the game on the line, "the Monster," in heroic fashion, shut the door on the Nationals' playoff hopes, as he scored three straight goals as the Lizards "buried them" (Goettelmann), clinching a postseason birth and giving him a one goal edge on Hubbard.

Could 2010 be the final season for Goettelmann, who has now set himself aside as one of the greatest players to ever play the game? We will have to find out the answer to that question soon. But Goettelmann claims that he is not finished yet.

Through it all, Tim Goettelmann has been a class-act and one of the faces of the game of lacrosse. The 2009 MLL Sportsman of the Year has compiled a resume of impressive awards and records throughout his 10 year career in the MLL. However, Saturday's achievement might have been the most impressive. Was Goettelmann nervous? You better believe it. "I got butterflies before the game... I haven't gotten those in a while."

Whether or not he was nervous about the record, Goettelmann did not show it on the field. Just as Tim was aware of the potential to pass Hubbard, so was Toronto. When asked about Merrill's defense, Goettelmann joked: "Brodie Merrill never covers me. I felt they did not want the record to be broken on them." Despite the great defensive efforts of the Nationals, they could not keep the Garden City resident off the board. After scoring two assists in the first three quarters, Goettelmann finally broke through in the fourth quarter, scoring a natural ha!

t-trick with three straight goals, extinguishing those butterflies and giving him the MLL milestone.

The record, which was set in 2008, has been one of the MLL's greatest achievements. In Jesse Hubbard's eight year career, he scored a staggering 247 goals, including back to back 50 goal seasons in 2002 and 2003 with the New Jersey Pride. While it took Tim Goettelmann two more seasons to break the record, that should not take any of the flare away from it.

In his career, Goettelmann has played in at least 11 games every single season, including six straight seasons with 12 games. He has played at a high level of intensity throughout his career, scoring at least 23 goals each of his first nine years. The record is truly a testament of his love for the game, as Tim has not allowed injuries or anything of the sort to keep him off the field.

Not only did Goettelmann break the record in Saturday's 16-11 victory over Toronto, but he did it at home. "In front of my family and friends, it was nice." While it was still a possibility that he could have done it next week, he would have preferred to do it at Shuart Stadium, where he has played for years. For Tim, it would not have mattered if he had done it in Toronto. "I'd still be with my teammates," Tim stated, expressing that no matter where he is, when he is with the Lizards, he is with his family.

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2010-08-01



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