Casey Powell Leads Bayhawks in Overtime Win over Cannons

Midfielder Paul Rabil and attackman Matt Poskay both had a hat trick for Boston (5-6), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

"This is a great, great win for the guys. Casey Powell makes an unbelievable play to tie it up then Drew Westervelt comes through with the big goal in overtime," head coach Dave Cottle said. "This is big because if you get to eight wins you are probably in Championship Weekend. It also gives us the head-to-head tiebreaker with Boston, which proved crucial at the end."

It was a defensive struggle in the first quarter with Boston attackman Ryan Boyle scoring the lone goal unassisted. Chesapeake came out strong to start the second quarter, scoring three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. Powell got things started with his first goal as a Bayhawk, spinning and firing an underhanded crank shot into the net. Abbott scored on a difficult shot while diving to the crease and Grant used a bull dodge to get free for a goal that he bounced in through the five-hole of goalie Jordan Burke.

Boston then closed the second stanza with a 5-0 run that featured a goal and an assist from midfielder Mike Stone and gave the visitors a 6-3 halftime lead.

Chesapeake turned the tables in a big way after intermission, opening the third period with five straight goals to seize an 8-6 lead. Rubeor scored off a feed from fellow attackman Drew Westervelt and unassisted on a strong driving move while Powell netted a goal on a nifty no-look pass after taking an over-the-shoulder pass from Grant. However, Boston closed the third frame with three straight goals to grab back a 9-8 advantage.

Trailing 10-8 early in the fourth quarter, Chesapeake tied the game with a pair of point-blank shots. Grant scored on a power play by sticking the ball into the top corner while Powell made another spectacular play by flipping a pinpoint behind-the-back pass to Rubeor for an easy goal from the crease.

Rabil and Poskay scored consecutive goals to put Boston back on top 12-10 with 3:55 remaining, but the gritty Bayhawks were not about to give in. Westervelt put Chesapeake in position to tie by taking a pass from Rubeor and blasting a sidearm rocket past Burke to make it 12-11 with 2:41 remaining in the game. The Bayhawks won the ensuing face-off, but could not notch the equalizer as Burke stuffed a pair of strong shots by Rubeor.

Boston tried to salt away the final half minute, but Chesapeake doubled the ball and forced a pass that Bernhardt picked off to set up the heroics by Powell.

The Bayhawks return home on Saturday, August 3rd against the Rochester Rattlers at 7:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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July 18, 2013 - Annapolis, MD - In his first Major League Lacrosse (MLL) game this season, Casey Powell scored the Bayhawks' first and last goals in regulation, leading Chesapeake to a 13-12 overtime victory over the Boston Cannons in front of 8,691 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Cannons, whose winning streak ended at four, drop to 5-6 and remain in fourth place in the standings.

The first quarter was a defensive battle with just one goal scored, as Ryan Boyle beat his defender from behind the cage to get the Cannons on the board after 10 minutes of play. Chesapeake came out firing in the second quarter, beginning with Powell's 400th career point in his return to MLL action. But the Cannons took control to close the half, rattling off five straight from Kevin Buchanan, Matt Poskay, Paul Rabil, Stephen Berger and Mike Stone to take a 6-3 lead into the break.

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