Rebel Drop Season Finale, 17-12, to Columbus
Final Score: Columbus Landsharks 17, Ottawa Rebel 11
Columbus Record: 8-8 (do not qualify for playoffs)
Ottawa Record: 4-12 (do not qualify for playoffs).
Ottawa loses eight straight games
Ottawa suffers third straight loss at home
Ottawa home record on season: 3-5
Synopsis: The Ottawa Rebel completed its 2003 National Lacrosse League season on a down note at the Civic Centre on Saturday, losing a 17-11 decision to the Columbus Landsharks in front of 5,289 fans.
Despite a second-quarter rally that erased a 5-1 deficit, the Rebel could not match the Columbus scoring in the second half and suffered its eighth straight loss.
Pat Maddalena led the Columbus attack with five goals and two assists. Kyle Arbuckle had four goals and three assists.
Kevin Howard scored five times for Ottawa and added one assist. Mat Giles and Jason Clark added a pair each for the Rebel while rookies Brad Self and Kevin Dostie added singles.
The Rebel outshot the Landsharks 57-35. Columbus goalie Mike Miron made 46 saves. Ottawa goalie Matt Disher made 18 saves on 35 shots.
The loss prevented the Rebel from setting a franchise record for most wins in a season. The four wins equals the best record, set by last years Ottawa squad, in Rebel and Syracuse Smash history.
Ottawa Scoring (goals-assists): Kevin Howard (5-1); Mat Giles (2-3); Jason Clark (2-1); Brad Self (1-3); Kevin Dostie (1-2); Bruce Codd (0-3); Kevin Lunnie (0-2); Matt Disher (0-1); Marc Landriault (0-1); Jamie Roy (0-1).
Columbus Scoring (goals-assists): Pat Maddalena (5-2); Kyle Arbuckle (4-3); Jamie Taylor (3-3); Dan Dawson (1-5); Kasey Beirnes (1-3); Jon Harasym (1-2); Bill Greer (1-1); Peter Lough (1-0); Tyler Francey (0-2); Travis Gillespie (0-2); Rodney Tapp (0-2); Mike Miron (0-1).
Quick Facts: Rebel rookie and Orleans native Kevin Dostie extended a scoring streak to eight games with his goal. Dostie, a candidate for league rookie of the year, finished the season with 21 goals and 13 assists The Rebel was 4-4 after beating the Philadelphia Wings on Feb. 15 in Ottawa, but lost the final eight games of the season Mat Giles finished the season with 34 goals and 60 points, both team bests.
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