PITTSBURGH RECAP (August 15)
The Cleveland Demons move to 4-0 on the 2015 season with a big 15-8 victory over the 2-1 Pittsburgh Octane. Although early in the season, the win keeps Cleveland in first place of the Continental Indoor Lacrosse League.
Game 4: Cleveland Demons 15, Pittsburgh Octane 8
The Demons traveled to their rival, the Pittsburgh Octane, on Saturday for a 1:00 pm tilt at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena. Cleveland jumped out to a quick lead on a goal from David Blue (assisted by Hans Rydquist). Cleveland continued to hit the back of the net and eventually held a 4-3 lead. Some adjustments on the defensive side, offensive ball movement, and veteran playmaking led to an offensive breakout after halftime.
Cleveland got excellent play from rookie Dan Clem at the face-off X. Newcomers Seth Wagner and Kevin Werner also played well in their Demons debut. Bobby Lyle manned the nets for the Demons and recorded an assist on an outlet to a behind the back goal by Hans Rydquist. Rookie Brent Zubal recorded two goals as he continues to impress with his quick learning of the box game. Defensively, Jon Hurm, Eli George, and Brian Holzheimer were extremely solid in their play. Rory Jeffers, making his first appearance of the year, played well in the transition role. Forwards Hans Rydquist and David Blue each found the back of the net 4 times. Brandon Sallee scored three goals including the Demons first penalty shot in the 4th quarter. Nate Jones also added 2 goals with the final tally late in the 4th quarter. Special mention goes out to Mark Sertich who is on the injured list but did a great job in running the bench.
Hans Rydquist 4, David Blue 4, Brandon Sallee 3, Brent Zubal 2, Nate Jones 2