Rubeor Nets Six as Bayhawks Defeat Cannons in Semifinals

“We felt all season long that two was the key to victory for us. We have guys that can shoot it and we're not hesitant to take them,” Cottle said. “Kyle Dixon has been a highly motivated player for us this year. He's been as good a middie as there is in this league. He's made big-time plays for us all season and did so again today.”

Rubeor scored three straight goals to close the third quarter as Chesapeake took a 12-9 lead going into the final frame. Rubeor scored two more goals in the fourth quarter, ending a 4-0 run that gave the Bayhawks a commanding 16-9 lead with 7:17 remaining.

“Benny did a great job of cutting to the ball and also fading away from the ball. He got a couple on cuts and a couple on fades,” Cottle said. “Ben is one of those intangible guys who plays with great heart and effort. He really stepped up today.”

Cottle had a tough decision to make with regard to which face-off specialist to activate. He went with veteran Alex Smith because he's fared better over the years against Boston's Chris Eck, the league's best this season. Eck didn't play due to an injury and Smith wound up beating Boston backup John Ortolani, 16-12. Smith, who sat out almost the entire season while recovering from elbow surgery, won 13 of 17 draws in the first half before tiring.

“I think Alex was a dominating factor. When we weren't playing well offensively, he kept getting us the ball back over and over again. I thought Alex was a real key to the game,” Cottle said.

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August 25, 2012 - Boston, MA - The #3 Boston Cannons lost to the #2 Chesapeake Bayhawks, 16-10, in the second MLL semifinal game at Harvard Stadium today. The Bayhawks will face the Denver Outlaws in the MLL championship game on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Bud Light Player of the Game Ben Rubeor scored six goals, including four straight in the second half, to lead the Bayhawks. Mike Stone led the Cannons with five points (3 goals, 2 assists), but Paul Rabil had just two assists and Ryan Boyle was held scoreless in the loss. A crowd of 8,090 attended both semifinal games.

Stone had a hand in four of the Cannons' five first-quarter goals, scoring two and assisting two others. Kevin Buchanan struck first for the Cannons, but John Grant, Jr. answered less than a minute later to stay even. Boston then went on a four-goal run and ended the first quarter ahead, 5-2.

The Bayhawks scored twice to open the second quarter, but after Jordan Burke made a point-blank save, Cannons defender PT Ricci scored in transition and Ari Sussman followed with another to keep the Cannons ahead. Kyle Dixon's consecutive two-point goals, however, were enough to give the Bayhawks their first lead of the game and Chesapeake took a 9-8 advantage into the break.

After six scoreless minutes to open the second half, Stone completed his hat trick to even the score at 9-9. Chesapeake then scored seven unanswered goals to seal the victory. Chesapeake will play for their fourth Steinfeld Trophy tomorrow while Denver, who overcame a nine-goal deficit to beat Long Island 13-12 in the earlier semifinal, seeks their first MLL title.

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