Riptide Defeated By Philadelphia In Championship Game

August 26, 2007 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL)
Los Angeles Riptide News Release

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - Sunday, August 26, 2007 - Bud Light MVP/midfielder Matt Striebel had three goals and three assists for the Philadelphia Barrage as they defeated the Los Angeles Riptide, 16-13, in the NB Zip MLL Championship Game before a crowd of 5,288 at PAETEC Park on Sunday afternoon. Rookie midfielder Greg Downing (Fairfield '07) posted his first career MLL hat trick and added an assist for the Riptide in the effort.

With the win, the Barrage were named as the MLL Champions for the second consecutive year. The Riptide, who made their first-ever postseason appearance in their second season as a franchise, finished as the second place team in the league.

For a complete look at the box score from Sunday's game, go to the following Url:

The two teams traded the lead early in the game, with the Barrage striking first. Riptide attackman Michael Watson (Virginia '97), who scored the game-winner for the Riptide in the semifinal game on Saturday against Rochester, tied the game at 1-1 for the Riptide with his goal at 1:30. Midfielder Graham Gill (Navy '05) found the back of the net to give the Riptide a 2-1 lead at 5:00, but the Barrage tied the game 41 seconds later. The Riptide took the lead again with attackman Terry Riordan's (Hopkins '95) tally at 8:17. Attackman Chazz Woodson (Brown '05) earned the assist on Riordan's goal. The Barrage closed out the opening quarter with three goals and took a 5-3 lead into the second frame.

The Barrage added to their lead with a goal at 3:07 of the second quarter, before the momentum shifted and the Riptide collected three goals to tie the game at 6-6. Woodson collected his first goal of the game at 6:32 and Riordan closed the Barrage's lead to 6-5 with his second goal of the game at 9:31. Midfielder Matt Ogelsby (Duke '95) assisted on Riordan's goal. Downing collected his first goal of the postseason at 10:17 to tie the game at 6-6, with attackman Spencer Ford (Towson '99) earning the assist on the tally. From there, the Barrage went on the offense again and scored three goals to build a 9-6 lead at halftime.

The Riptide opened the third segment with a pair of goals to close the Barrage lead to 9-8. Midfielder J.J. Morrissey (Virginia '06) collected his first goal of the postseason at 2:06, assisted by Watson, and midfielder Matt Casey (Ithaca '05) also tallied his first of the postseason at 3:41. The Barrage answered back with two goals of their own to increase their lead to 11-8, but the Riptide rallied to tie the game at 11-11 heading into the final quarter. Downing got the rush going with his second goal of the game, assisted by Ford, at 7:06 and Riordan posted his third goal of the game at 8:53 to close the Riptide to within one goal. Gill assisted on Riordan's tally. Earning his first career MLL hat trick, Downing tied the score for the second time in the game with his tally at 13:18. Attackman Wes Green (Adelphi '06) earned the assist on Downing's third goal of the game.

The Riptide took the lead at 4:39 of the final quarter of the 2007 season with Woodson's second goal of the game, but the Barrage fought back and scored two goals to take a 13-12 lead. Ford's tally at 8:11, assisted by Gill, tied the game at 13-13, but the Riptide couldn't overcome the Barrage, as the defending MLL champions collected three goals to defeat the Riptide by a final score of 16-13.

Riptide goalie Mickey Jarboe made 10 saves on the 26 shots he faced in the contest.

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