Daily Archives: August 22, 2010

Major League Lacrosse (MLL): “A Balanced Offense, Suffocating Defense” Key 13-9 Chesapeake Bayhawk Victory Over Long Island In 2010 Championship Game


Chesapeake is probably the youngest team in the MLL with 10 of the 19 players that dressed for the championship either rookies or second-year professionals.

Rookie attackman Brian Carroll and second-year midfielder Peet Poillon scored three goals apiece to lead a balanced offense while second-year defenseman Michael Evans anchored a suffocating defense as a youthful Chesapeake Bayhawks squad knocked off a veteran Long Island Lizards contingent, 13-9, in the Major League Lacrosse Championship Game.

 Unbridled joy! That is the only way to describe the scene on the field at Navy-Marine Corp  Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the Chesapeake Bayhawks celebrated capturing the Major League Lacrosse Championship. Players took turns hoisting the Steinfeld Cup and sprayed each other with cans of Bud Light while members of the coaching staff gave each other hearty bear hugs.   After a roller coaster season that featured a five-game losing streak and after failing to even make the playoffs four straight years, the joy and emotion that poured out of the Bayhawks was to be expected.  

Midfielder Kyle Dixon totaled two goals and an assist while attackman Ben Rubeor dished off three assists for fourth-seeded Chesapeake (8-6), which went on a 5-0 second-half run to broke open a back-and-forth game. Attackman Danny Glading and midfielder Peet Poillon scored two goals apiece for the Bayhawks, who captured the third MLL title in franchise history and first since 2005.  

 However, grizzled veterans such as Dixon, goalie Chris Garrity, close defenseman Shawn Nadelen and attackman Andrew “Buggs” Combs all made key contributions on Sunday and were the first to take possession of the Steinfeld Cup.   “I’m just so proud of the players. I think about guys like Buggs Combs, Kyle Dixon and Chris Garrity, who have been with this organization for a long time and were so hungry for a championship. Those are our leaders and I’m so happy we were able to win this for them,” Chesapeake president and head coach Brendan Kelly said.

For more:  http://thebayhawks.com/news/index.html?article_id=441

Major League Lacrosse (MLL): Chesapeake Bayhawks Upset #1 Boston Cannons 13-9 As LSM Kyle Hartzell “Blanks” 2009 MLL MVP And All-World Paul Rabil

After watching the Chesapeake Bayhawks dominate the favored Boston Cannons on both ends of the field during a stunning first half, ESPN television commentator Quint Kessenich pulled no punches. “Boston is getting outplayed, outhustled, outworked and outcoached,” Kessenich stated emphatically during the live broadcast.  

“Chris Garrity was absolutely lights out. Chris came out on fire, made some incredible saves early that really put the Cannons on their heels and they never recovered from it,” Kelly said.
Long stick defensive midfielder Kyle Hartzell also came up big, blanketing 2009 MLL Most Valuable Player Paul Rabil from start to finish and holding Boston’s second-leading scorer to zero points. “Kyle Hartzell did an incredible job on Rabil. Kyle was without a doubt our unsung hero,” Kelly said.

 That was an apt description of Chesapeake’s dominating first half performance, which proved crucial to a shocking upset in the Major League Lacrosse semifinals.   Midfielder Ben Hunt totaled four points to help the host team build a commanding seven-goal halftime lead and goalie Chris Garrity thwarted any thoughts of a comeback with 18 saves as fourth-seeded Chesapeake stunned top-seeded Boston 13-9 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  

Veteran left-handed shooter Andrew “Buggs” Combs scored two goals while fellow attackman Ben Rubeor dished off two assists in a balanced offense for the Bayhawks, who had 11 different players contribute points.  

“I’m extremely proud of this team right now. What makes me most proud is the way the guys played as a team. Every man stepped up and contributed out there today and that’s what you need to win a championship,”

Chesapeake president and head coach Brendan Kelly said.   Hunt, a second-year player out of North Carolina, was the catalyst of the first half onslaught. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound native of nearby Severna Park scored a 2-point goal on a rocket of an overhand shot to give the Bayhawks an early 3-2 lead then opened the second half with back-to-back goals on strong one-on-one moves.  

 “In the first half I was getting the short stick and we’re told that when we have that matchup we need to go hard to the goal,” Hunt said. “That’s what I did today, some lanes opened up and I was able to capitalize.”

For more:  http://thebayhawks.com/news/index.html?article_id=440