7/7/14 9:35 AM
Delaware, OH – Another spectacular effort by midfielder Joe Walters wasn’t enough as the Chesapeake Bayhawks suffered a heartbreaking 16-14 loss to the Ohio Machine in a Fourth of July shootout at Selby Stadium.
Walters was once again the offensive catalyst – firing in four goals and dishing off four assists to lead the Bayhawks in a back-and-forth affair that featured seven ties and five lead changes. Midfielder Ben Hunt added four points on two goals and two assists for Chesapeake (3-7), which missed a chance to climb out of last place in Major League Lacrosse.
“I thought we gave one away. We gave it away on both ends of the field,” Chesapeake Head Coach Dave Cottle said. “We turned the ball over too much on offense. On defense, we would play well for a period then let down and give up some easy goals. We just made too many mental mistakes to win a close game.”
Attackmen Drew Westervelt and Brandon Benn both totaled two goals for Chesapeake, who committed 21 turnovers. Goalie Tyler Fiorito finished with 11 saves while face-off specialist Stephen Robarge won 16 of 31 draws for the Bayhawks, who will have a week off before returning home for a July 17th meeting with the Rochester Rattlers.
Midfielders Matt Mackrides and David Earl contributed a goal and assist apiece for Chesapeake, which must win its remaining four games to finish .500. Cottle did not want to contemplate the team’s playoff possibilities following the tough loss.
“We can’t worry about all the scenarios and what will happen from here on out. We have to focus on coming together as a team and playing better lacrosse,” he said.
Attackman Marcus Holman had three goals to lead Ohio (4-6), who swept the season series with the two-time defending champion Bayhawks. Goalie Brian Phipps stopped 12 shots for the Machine.
Midfielder Bill McGlone had a goal and an assist as Ohio grabbed a 4-0 lead just five minutes into the game. However, Chesapeake came roaring back – outscoring the home team 4-1 to close the quarter and cut the deficit to 5-4. Walters sparked the rally with two goals and an assist.
“Joe was terrific and really dominated the game on offense, but we’ve got to have more than one guy making things happen,” Cottle said.
The Bayhawks continued to surge in the second quarter, using a 4-1 run to take an 8-6 lead. Earl and fellow midfielder Steven Brooks got things started with almost identical left-handed crank shots from directly out front and just inside the 2-point arc. Walters scored on a wicked crank shot from the right wing then found Westervelt open on the backside for a goal.
Ohio responded with back-to-back unassisted goals, but short stick defensive midfielder Dan Burns closed the first half scoring with a wicked crank shot in transition to give Chesapeake a 9-8 lead at intermission.
Holman opened the second half with a 2-point goal to put Ohio on top by one, but Chesapeake responded with three straight goals to go back up by two. Hunt scored on a cannon of an overhand crank shot then fed inside to Benn for a goal. Walters then showed his superb vision by finding Westervelt cutting to the crease for a point-blank shot to make it 12-10 with 4:06 left in the third period.
Midfielder Jake Bernhardt dove to narrowly avoid being in the crease to score a goal for the Machine with one second left in the quarter. Holman then opened the fourth frame with a laser shot into the top corner to forge yet another tie at 12.
“It’s 12-10 and we make two straight mistakes on the offensive end. Then we give up a goal at the very end of the third quarter, which should never happen,” Cottle said. “We have to stop giving teams goals. We have to earn every goal and we have to make our opponents do the same.”
Walters answered for the Bayhawks with another lefty ripper off a nice feed from Westervelt, but Peter Baum used a nice dodge to lose his defender and scored unassisted to tie things at 13 with just under five minutes elapsed in the last period.
Baum struck again four minutes later thanks to a fortunate bounce, flipping a loose ball that had landed on the crease into the cage to give Ohio a 14-13 lead with five minutes remaining. Chesapeake was not done yet and Mackrides got the crucial equalizer off an incredibly determined individual move, beating a short stick middie with an inside role then bulling past another defender to find open space in front of the net for a short bounce shot.
Unfortunately, Ohio broke the deadlock just 34 seconds later after winning the ensuing face-off as Jake Bernhardt dodged down the alley and fired a bouncer past Fiorito to make it 15-14 with just 1:45 remaining. The Machine then got an insurance goal while attempting to waste away the clock as Baum found Holman open on the crease for a one-on-one shot that sealed the victory.
The Bayhawks return home on Thursday, July 17th, against the Rochester Rattlers at 7:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Bayhawks 2014 Season Tickets are still available and can be purchased over the phone by calling the box office at 866-99-HAWKS (42957). Visit us at www.thebayhawks.com for the full schedule. This season, the Bayhawks and Lexus are giving away an ES350 to one lucky Season Ticket Holder at the last game of the season. Every Season Ticket purchased will amount to one entry into the giveaway.
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July 17th vs. Rochester Rattlers 7:00 PM
July 31st vs. Denver Outlaws 7:30 PM
August 9th vs. Charlotte Hounds 7:00 PM
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