Cannons Clinch Playoff Berth; Other Saturday MLL Results

Dixon and Westervelt both scored two goals while Grant had a goal and an assist as Chesapeake raced to a 7-2 lead after one quarter. Dixon fired in a 2-pointer and also scored on a left-handed rocket while dodging down the alley. Attackman Ben Rubeor scored the team's first goal, extending his streak of notching at least one point to 29 consecutive games. Grant wowed the crowd with a nifty behind-the-back goal.

However, the Outlaws came storming back in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7 on the strength of five unanswered goals. Attackman Chris Bocklet scored two goals while Matthews had a goal and an assist during the rally.

Chesapeake was short-handed on defense as starters Michael Evans, Brian Spallina and Dan Hostetler all sat out for various reasons. Barney Ehrmann and Tim Kaiser replaced Evans and Spallina on close defense while John Orsen and Mike Simon filled in for Hostetler and Ehrmann as long stick midfielders.

Dixon opened the third quarter scoring with his second 2-pointer of the night, connecting from beyond the arc at the 10:28 mark on a power play. That snapped a scoreless drought of more than 21 minutes for the Bayhawks.

Midfielder Peet Poillon answered in kind for Denver, unleashing an underhanded shot from just beyond the top of the circle to tie the score at nine. It went back-and-forth like that the rest of the way with the teams pretty much trading goals as the score was also tied at 10, 11, and 12 in the third period.

Denver finally seized control of the back-and-forth contest by scoring three straight goals to open the start the fourth quarter. Mundorf assisted Jordan McBride for a goal then scored himself in a shorthanded situation on a spectacular play. Mundorf snared a long clearing pass from Schwartzman then raced directly to the goal and scored while leaping into the crease and despite having two defenders draped all over him. Schwartzman received a rare assist for a goalkeeper on the goal, which was a major momentum changer.

Rubeor ended the 3-0 run with an unassisted goal to pull Chesapeake within 15-13, but the home team would get no closer as Denver succeeded in salting away the remainder of the clock.

Chesapeake face-off specialist Alex Smith played for the first time all season and wound up winning 9 of 18 draws. Smith started off 1 for 5 on face-offs, but captured 7 of 13 in the second half to show that he could help the team in the playoffs.

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The Charlotte Hounds won the final game of their inaugural 2012 season Saturday night, beating the Rochester Rattlers 15-14 in front of a crowd of 6,034 at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte. Matt Danowski was name Bud Light Player of the Game for his five point performance which included two 2-point goals.

The Rattlers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind goals from Rob Rotanz, Jordan MacIntosh and Roy Lang. But the Hounds got on the board as Eric Lusby, playing in just his second MLL game, found the back of the net after a skip pass from Justin Turri. Danowski would follow up with his first 2-point goal to tie the game at 3-3. It also was the 100th goal of Danowski's MLL career. The run continued as Kyle Wimer scored to give the Hounds their first lead of the game at 4-3. The lead was extended to 5-3 as Lusby tallied his second of the game, but the Rattlers' Kevin Drew was left open on the arc and ripped a 2-point shot to tie the game 5-5 at the end of the first.

The teams traded goals to start the second and Lang gave the Rattlers a 7-6 lead with 10:56 remaining in the half. However, back-to-back 2-pointers by Danowski and the long pole Ricky Pages would put the Hounds up 10-7 on the Rattlers. The Hounds extended that lead to 13-7 going into the half, with goals from Billy Bitter, Brian Carroll and Stephen Berger.

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2012-08-12



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