The Baltimore Bombers will play their first home game of the season tomorrow as they take on the 0-1 Rhode Island Kingfish. Last weekend the Bombers defeated Boston 17-16 in overtime.
Rhode Island fell to the Kentucky Stickhorses 17-14 last weekend in Louisville, but played tough and stayed in the game until the end. Baltimore was without two of their top players in Shaun Nadelin and Dan Marhol, but they will both be back this weekend.
Ginny Cappichioni made several big saves for the Bombers in their win, and now they face an offense that scored just two less goals than Boston last week. They are led by AJ Laffin (Rochester Greywolves), Matt Smalley (Charlotte Copperheads) and Steven Boyle (Rochester Rattlers) on their offensive unit.
Meanwhile, Andrew Wasik scored four and James Synowiez scored twice for Baltimore last week. With Marhol back, they fall back in line as secondary scorers but will still be relied upon to put the ball in the net.
In goal for Rhode Island is Joe Evans who made 34 saves against Kentucky last week. He faces an offense no worse than Kentucky’s that has even more box lacrosse experience. He will have a tough challenge in front of him.
Baltimore has a solid offense so they will be able to score, despite the strong netminding presence of Evans. They also have Nadelin back and thus likely the best defensive and goaltending unit in the league. On paper, it could look like a mismatch, but Rhode Island is a team that plays hard to the finish.