Bayhawks Rally to Edge Nationals and Earn Spot in Title Game

Just when it looked like Chesapeake had seized momentum of the game, Hamilton scored four goals in the last four minutes of the quarter to take an 11-8 lead heading into the final frame.

Walters got the run started by scoring two goals in a one-minute span, before Amidon scored his second of the game, followed by a Brodie Merrill goal only 13 seconds later, forcing Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle to call a timeout.

The Bayhawks responded well to the run, as goals from Grant Jr. and Westervelt to start the fourth quarter brought the defending champs back within one. Walters dished out his third assist of the game when he fed Crowley for his second goal to give the Nationals some breathing room, but that didn't last long.

First, Kimmel scored his second goal of the game, a quick-stick goal off of a feed from Rubeor. Just over two minutes later, with the shot-clock winding down, Steven Brooks stepped into a deep shot and bounced it passed the sprawling Queener to tie the game at 12. Then, with a minute and a half left, Casey Powell dodged from the X, and with a slide coming, dished a pass to Kimmel who completed his hat trick with another quick-stick finish.

With a minute left and possession of the ball, Hamilton had one last chance to tie the game. Kevin Crowley received a pass with 35 seconds remaining and ripped a low shot to Turner's left, but the keeper made a great kick save to preserve the lead. An illegal screen five seconds later gave the ball back to Chesapeake, who ran out the rest of the clock to cement their place in the championship game.

Chesapeake will faceoff on Sunday against the upset-minded Charlotte Hounds in the final game of Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink, a 3:00 p.m. match-up that can be seen on ESPN2.

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2013-08-24



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