A pair of second-half rallies were not enough for the Lizards last night, who lost to the Rochester Rattlers for the second time in as many nights, falling 17-15 at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium. The Lizards (5-4) had their five-game winning streak snapped in a 13-8 loss in Rochester Friday night.
"We had our opportunities, we just didn't cash in," Lizards coach Joe Spallina said. "It's one I think we'll look back on and regret."
Midfielder Stephen Peyser scored three goals in the third for the Lizards with a pair of two-pointers to cut the gap to 13-12 but Rochester responded with three straight to open the fourth to squash the first comeback attempt by the Lizards.
"The fact that we got it to one and then we let them go on a run, stuff like that will bother you because you have all the momentum in the world," Spallina said. "You've got to get that next goal."
Grant Catalino scored a pair and Albert Maione scored his second of the game to cut it to 16-15 with 4:12 left but the Lizards were unable to get any closer.
John Galloway (12 saves) made a stop with 3:15 to go to give Rochester (5-4) possession and the Rattlers held on until Steven Boyle scored his third of the game with 1:18 left.
Rochester took control in the second and carried momentum into the third, scoring four straight to open the second half and open its lead up to 11-6 on Ned Crotty's goal with 6:57 to go in the quarter.
Maione scored to make it 11-7 with 6:00 to go in the third to stop a 5-0 Rochester run and a Lizards scoring drought of 16:01 despite Greg Gurenlian's dominance at the faceoffs (19 of 24).