Friday, April 4, 2008

NJ Ironmen



PLAYOFF-BOUND IRONMEN
FALL TO BALTIMORE


Photograph by Dan Salvo, DazzlePhotography.com

NEWARK, N.J. (Friday, April 4 2008)- One day after ringing the Closing Bell at NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square, the playoff-bound New Jersey Ironmen (14-16) closed out their inaugural season against the Baltimore Blast (19-10) by falling to their first round playoff opponents, 14-6. Ironmen Head Coach Omid Namazi leads his fourth different team to the MISL postseason when New Jersey heads to 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore this Thursday. The two clubs return to Prudential Center next weekend.

Baltimore opened the scoring in the first quarter when forward Giuliano Celenza scored a P.J. Wakefield ball at 3:31, giving the visiting Blast an early 2-0 lead. Former MISL MVP Adauto Neto extended the gap to 4-0 at 7:54 by netting a feed from midfielder Robbie Aristodemo. The New Jersey defense powered down to finish out the opening stanza with defender John Krause and midfielder Stefan Stokic both making goal-saving blocks.

Aristodemo picked up his second assist at 8:32 of the second period when he set up a two-point goal for forward Denison Cabral. Baltimore would take the 6-0 edge into the locker room at halftime.

The lone goal of the third frame came at 7:03. Blast defender Mike Lookingland set up a Lucio Gonzaga two-pointer to give the visiting team an 8-0 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes.

New Jersey got on the board at 5:03 of the final stanza when forward Freddy Moojen finished a Geison assist. After Michael Millwood made it 10-2 in favor of Baltimore, Ironmen forward Shaun David scored a Dizzy Antoniuk ball to bring his team within six points, 10-4. A final New Jersey goal would come off the foot of team captain Lazo Alavanja, but the Ironmen would eventually fall to the Blast, 14-6.

The loss gives New Jersey a 14-16 record to finish the regular season and sets up a first-round series between these two clubs. The first game of the quarterfinal match up will be this Thursday at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. The second game will be in Newark next weekend; the specific day will be determined Sunday night. If the two teams are tied at a game each following that second contest, an immediate golden-goal will be played to determine who will advance to the semifinals which will be played the following weekend.

First round playoff tickets are available now by calling 1-800-IRONMEN.

ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY IRONMEN

The New Jersey Ironmen, operated by Jeff Vanderbeek and Michael Gilfillan of the NHL New Jersey Devils ownership group, join the Baltimore Blast, California Cougars, Chicago Storm, Detroit Ignition, Milwaukee Wave, La Raza de Monterrey (MX), Orlando Sharks, and the Philadelphia KiXX in the 2007-08 MISL regular season, which commenced in mid-October and will conclude at the end of March. The Ironmen play a 15-match home schedule at Prudential Center in the Downtown Core Redevelopment District of Newark. The Ironmen are coached by two-time MISL Coach of the Year Omid Namazi and Assistant Coach Kevin Sloan. For more information on the New Jersey Ironmen, visit www.njironmen.com.

ABOUT THE MISL

The Major Indoor Soccer League, a single-entity organization with a coast-to-coast presence, represents the major league of professional indoor soccer, featuring the finest indoor soccer players from 32 countries around the world. The nine MISL clubs competing in the 2007-08 season are the Baltimore Blast, California Cougars, Chicago Storm, 2007 championship finalist Detroit Ignition, Milwaukee Wave, and the defending MISL Champion Philadelphia KiXX, with the addition of three expansion clubs, La Raza de Monterrey, New Jersey Ironmen, and the Orlando Sharks. The standings for the 2007-08 regular season are based on a single table of the nine Member Clubs. The MISL regular season commenced on the weekend of October 19-21, 2007 and concludes on the weekend of April 4-6, 2008. Each Club plays a thirty-match (30) regular-season schedule (15 home / 15 away). The 2008 MISL Championship Series consists of six of the nine MISL Member Clubs competing in three rounds, the Quarterfinal Round (April 11-13), the Semifinal Round (April 18-20), and the Championship Series Final (April 26) at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. For more information on the MISL, visit the League's official website www.MISL.net.

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