Chesapeake Holds off Charlotte to Win the MLL Championship

“We played excellent defense today and I thought our goalie was outstanding,” Cottle said. “Kip Turner really came to play today and made some terrific saves. Michael Evans is a true warrior who fights you to the end.”

Chesapeake dominated possession and controlled the pace of play in a low-scoring first half. Grant had a hat trick while Powell and Rubeor both contributed a goal and assist as the Bayhawks led 5-2 at intermission.

Charlotte struck first as attackman Ryan Young scored unassisted off a nice dodge from behind, but Chesapeake responded with two straight goals to take the lead. Rubeor was the beneficiary of amazing ball movement, scoring from right on the doorstep after taking a beautiful behind-the-back pass from Powell.

Another unassisted goal by Young on another dodge from behind tied the game, but the Bayhawks outscored the Hounds 3-0 the rest of the way. Grant scored with 1.1 seconds left in the first quarter and as time expired in the second quarter – two huge goals in the grand scheme of things.

Grant opened the third period scoring with an amazing goal, scooping a loose ball and flipping the ball over his shoulder and off Ghitelman into the cage to give the Bayhawks their largest lead at 6-2.

Young singlehandedly kept the Hounds in the game, getting open on the crease and finishing a feed from Jake Tripucka then beating his man from behind the net for another unassisted goal to cut the deficit to 6-4.

However, as was the case all day, Chesapeake kept the pressure on by scoring the final two goals of the third period. Westervelt finished a fastbreak by sticking a sidearm rocket into the top corner while Mackrides made a well-timed cut to the crease and converted a nice interior feed from Kimmel to restore the four-goal lead going into the final frame.

Charlotte mounted a gutsy rally in the opening half of the fourth quarter, outscoring Chesapeake 3-1 to pull within two again at 9-7 with 8:57 remaining. The Hounds took advantage of penalties to score a pair of power play goals while Young was once again the catalyst – assisting Mike Sawyer on a pair of crank shots.

Chesapeake once again snuffed Charlotte's momentum with Westervelt whipping in an underhanded laser to make it 10-7 with 7:07 left to go in the game. Turner and the defense took over from there, locking down the Hounds the rest of the way. Danowski fired in a meaningless 2-pointer at the buzzer to make it the seventh one-goal game of the season for the Bayhawks.

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Chester, PA -- A fourth-quarter rally by the Charlotte Hounds came up just short on Sunday afternoon, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks defended their Major League Lacrosse Championship title with a 10-9 victory at PPL Park.

It is the second-straight title for the Bayhawks, and third in four years ('10, 12, '13). Veteran John Grant Jr. was named MVP of the weekend after putting together a seven-point performance over two games, including four goals in the final. The Hounds meanwhile were led by Ryan Young, who posted seven points on Sunday, tallying four goals and three assists.

The game's first half was a low-scoring, defensive battle. The Hounds got on the board first, as Young beat his defender one-on-one for an easy goal just over a minute in to the contest. But Casey Powell sparked the Bayhawks to two-straight tallies, first making a behind-the-back pass to Ben Rubeor for a goal, and then working behind the cage before taking it low on Adam Ghitelman for a 2-1 advantage.

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2013-08-25



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