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Major League Lacrosse: Chesapeake Bayhawks Top Charlotte Hounds 10-9 To Win Second Consecutive MLL Championship On August 25 (Video)
The Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the Charlotte Hounds, 10-9, to earn their second consecutive MLL Championship title on Sunday, August 25 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, PA.
Led by Championship Weekend MVP, John Grant Jr., the Bayhawks grabbed 10 goals and played a strong defensive game. They have now earned the Championship title in three of the last four seasons, and their fifth club title.
The game opened with a faceoff win for Chesapeake’s Adam Rand, but it was the Hound’s that struck first with a goal from Ryan Young, a minute and 11 seconds into the quarter. Adam Ghitelman made a couple of stops as the Bayhawks tried to keep the pressure on before the 2012 Championship MVP, Ben Rubeor put Chesapeake on the board, sending one into the net. Veteran attackman, Casey Powell would add to this, putting the Bayhawks up 2-1. After Charlotte went 1-5 in shots on goal, Young grabbed another one to even up the game. This was only temporary as Grant came in with the pick and roll to give the Bayhawks the 3-2 advantage.
The score would remain at 3-2 until the 3:43 mark in the second quarter, when Grant would take the feed from Powell to score again, making it a 4-2 difference. Charlotte failed to take advantage of a man-up situation and just couldn’t get a shot off. Matt Danowski was the only Hound to take a shot on goal in the quarter. To close out the half Grant slashed another goal with 1.1 seconds on the clock to head into halftime up 5-2 and complete a natural hat trick.
The third quarter would see a change in pace, with the ball traveling up and down the field, the type of lacrose tailored for a young, Hounds team, but still they struggled to compete. Grant would again send the ball sailing past Ghitelman, carrying his team to a 6-2 lead. The Hounds then turned it on, scoring two goals 46 seconds apart, one from rookie Jake Tripucka, and Young completing his hat trick. With a 6-4 lead, the Bayhawks kept the Hounds scoreless the rest of the quarter. Drew Westervelt and Matt Mackrides would contribute to the Chesapeake lead, making it 8-4 before heading into the final 15 minutes of the MLL season.
Major League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Charlotte Hounds Win Over Denver Outlaws In “2013 MLL Championship Weekend” Semifinals
An MLL Championship Record 9 Goal performance from Denver Rookie Eric Law wasn’t enough to keep Mike Sawyer and the Charlotte Hounds from advancing to their first ever MLL Championship.
Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Lose To Charlotte Hounds 17-14 In MLL Semifinal To Finish 14-1; Eric Law Scores MLL Playoff Record 9 Goals
Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Defense And Goaltending Should Carry Team To Semi-Final Win Over Charlotte Hounds On August 24
- 62% of all team shots are on goal.
- Ended the season third in the league in shooting percentage
- Matt Danowski — 49 points (33g, 10a, 6 2PTG)
- Ryan Young — 40 points (30g, 10a)
- Peet Poillon — 33 points (23g, 5a, 5 2PTG)
- Team recorded 15 total two-point goals in regular season play
- Scored 64 goals in their last five games of the season.
- Shot 31% in the final five games of the regular season.
- Poillon leads in the team in points (18) when they sport their away jerseys.
- Hounds assisted on just under half of their goals scored.
- Chris Bocklet — 55 points (42g, 13a)
- Drew Snider — 46 points (31g, 14a, 1 2PTG)
- Jeremy Sieverts — 44 points (27g, 11a, 62 PTG)
- Led the league in shots taken and shooting percentage in the regular season.
- Have eight scorers in double digits on the season when considered the “home” team.
- Distribution of points tends to fall off after their leading scorers.
- Averaging 13.8 points per game in their last five contests.
Advantage — Charlotte
While everyone looked at the Denver Outlaws offense in awe this past season, many overlooked the talent that was coming together in Charlotte. Matt Danowski anchors a group of talented young attackmen, including the world record holder for lacrosse’s fastest shot, Mike Sawyer. Another reason why the Hound’s offense is so impressive is their transition game. Mason Poli, a rookie LSM out of Bryant University, has proved his worth to this team on both ends of the field racking up 11 points from the wing position on faceoffs. Look for Charlotte to move the ball effectively in this one and test Warrior Goalie of the Year Jesse Schwartzman.
- Allowed an average of 18.5 goals against in both matchups with Denver this season.
- Allowed five goals to Denver on 13 man-up opportunities (62% kill rate)
- Let up a combined 21 points to Bocklet and Sieverts (15 goals)
- Allowed 27 points to Charlotte in the first two meetings of 2013
- Only allowed one double digit scorer in both games combined (Danowski, 10)
- Killed 80% of Charlotte’s man-up opportunities (8-10)
Advantage — Denver
Defense is something that isn’t always appreciated in MLL, but the performance of the 2013 Outlaws defense is one for the record books. Their outstanding team defense approach, combined with great communication skills, are the reason why the Denver-D gets the nod in this week’s matchup. Defensive player of the year candidate Lee Zink will have the tough task of slowing down one of the many talented players that Charlotte has to offer, but don’t expect this tested veteran to roll over, Zink is still seeking his first championship as a member of the undefeated Outlaws.
- Adam Ghitelman allowed 16 goals in one start vs. Denver this season (16 saves, .500 save percentage)
- Has given up two overtime goals this season (0-2 in overtime games)
- Ghitelman currently stands at a 12.10 GAA
- League’s only below 50% save percentage goaltender this season.
- Made 156 saves in 2013.
- Jesse Schwartzman, 2013 Warrior Goalie of the Year.
- Set league record for goals against average (9.67)
- Stood in net for all 14 of Denver’s wins in 2013
- Made 184 saves this season (13.14 per game)
- Allowed just three two-point goals this summer.
Advantage — Denver
Despite Schwartzman getting the advantage in this matchup, lacrosse fans should know that the goalie position is one that can change from week to week. Adam Ghitelman has been a stud in net this year for the Hounds and should not be overlooked just because he is a second year player. Ghitelman’s college career at Virginia exposed him to the big game environment that Championship Weekend has to offer, so don’t be surprised if number 8 plays the game of his life this weekend. One thing Schwartzman will have to deal with this weekend that his opponent will not is pressure. The veteran netminder is inching closer to the “best goaltender in league history” conversation, but needs to bring that coveted Steinfeld Trophy back to Denver for the first time to tighten up his resume.
While on paper it would appear that Denver has a clear advantage in this matchup, past MLL Championship Weekends have shown us that anything can happen once the league’s championship is on the line. Charlotte has nothing to lose making the playoffs for the first time in club history, while Denver looks to capture the coveted title that they have come so close to winning several times before. Be sure to tune in and catch the action on ESPN2 at 1 P.M EST, Saturday August 24. Also, be sure to stay tuned to MajorLeagueLacrosse.com as we break down semifinal number two, between the Hamilton Nationals and Chesapeake Bayhawks.