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Leveille brothers come home for MLL game

The last time Kevin and Mike Leveille played lacrosse together in the Capital District, it was in the backyard of their Delmar home.

The Leveille brothers returned to Albany on a rainy Saturday night as part of the Chicago Machine, a traveling Major League Lacrosse franchise. They each scored two goals in a 13-12 overtime loss to the Long Island Lizards in front of 2,132 spectators at University at Albany's John Fallon Field.

It was nice, said older brother Kevin, who added three assists to his two goals. "It was a great turnout, even with the weather."

Both brothers had show-stopping goals. Mike " four years younger than Kevin " faked out the Long Island goaltender and slammed home a shot from the right post in the first quarter to give Chicago a 4-0 lead. Then in the second quarter, Kevin took a pass from Mike, turned his back to the goal and fired an over-the-shoulder shot into the net to put the Machine ahead 7-3.

"He's usually more flash than I am," said Mike of Kevin.

The Leveille brothers' exploits couldn't save Chicago from a Long Island comeback, though. The Lizards scored four consecutive goals in the third quarter to erase the Machine's four-goal lead. Chicago then built an 11-9 advantage in the fourth quarter before Long Island rallied to tie the game again. The Lizards scored early in the first 10-minute overtime period to pull out the victory.

"We just let them hang around," said Mike. "We didn't finish off our opportunities that could have put them away."

"Things just changed [in the second half], and we got off track from what we wanted to do out there," added Kevin.

Despite the loss, the Leveilles were appreciative of the fans' willingness to weather the elements for a chance to see a professional lacrosse game.

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