Jared Welsh, LTR Mid-Atlantic
After a weather delay of an hour and 48 minutes, the Boston Cannons and Chesapeake Bayhawks finally took the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Monday night for game seven in the Major League Lacrosse tournament. The Cannons entered the game with a 1-0 record having beat the New York Lizards in comeback fashion 16-14 on Saturday. The hometown Bayhawks are coming off a two game winning streak which saw them take down the Philadelphia Barrage 16-11 on Saturday, and the New York Lizards 18-13 on Sunday.
Challen Rogers would get the scoring started for the Cannons. As he took possession at the top of the arc, Rogers backed down into Chesapeake defenseman C.J. Costablie and fired an over the shoulder shot with his back to the goal. On Boston’s next trip into the offensive half, Bryce Wasserman dialed up a tricky bounce shot to get past Brian Phipps. With the score 2-0 early in the first, Brendan Bomberry would get the Bayhawks on the board with a one handed shot as he was falling to the turf. To tie up the game at 2, the the Bayhawks would get a goal from scoring leader Andrew Kew off a double team Lyle Thompson pass. After a series of penalties, teams were all even when Andrew Kew took the ball from behind the net and rolled the crease with a deadly side arm shot that was screened by his defender to give the Bayhawks their first lead of the game. Thiry seven seconds later, Ryan Keenan would rip a straight away shot from just inside the 2 point arc to give the Bayhawks a 4-2 lead. With 26.2 seconds left in the quarter Nick Chaykowsky would fire a side arm rocket also just inside the arc. Chesapeake took a 5-2 lead into the break.
The scoring run would continue in the second quarter as Nate Solomon put a swim move on his defender and finished with a leap through the crease to take the Bayhawks lead to 6-2. Ryan Keenan got in on the action as he muscled some space from his defender and beat Nick Marrocco with a high to low shot. Andrew Kew helped to keep the scoring going as he found Lyle Thompson in traffic for a quick release goal in front of the net shooting around the sliding defender. After being taken to the ground, Nate Solomon was able to find Shane Simpson on the skip pass and ripped the time and room bounce shot. Mark Cockerton with an all out indidvidual effort worked himself open to get one by Phipps. The Boston goal ended a 23:08 scoring drought and a 9 goal Bayhawks run. Boston tallied another goal as Randy Staats drove from the X and dove above goal line extended and threw and backhand shot into the net. The scoring for Boston would not end there. A restart behind the net, Bryce Wasserman drove to the opposite side of the crease and drew two defenders. Wasserman rocketed a shot between the two Bayhawks and brought the score to 9-5. The Cannons would tack on two more goals from Uppgren and Wasserman to end the quarter on a five goal run and only down 9-7 going into the half.
Lyle Thompson wanted to make sure the third quarter started differently than the half ended. A mid ranged rifle of a shot gave the Bayhawks some breathing room at 10-7. Thompson would get the ball again. Falling away from his defender, Thompson shoots a low to low for the Bayhawks. The Cannons Randy Staats found a streaking Reilly O’Connor who buried a running shot to keep the Cannons within striking distance. Colin Heacock, who has had a very quiet start, took the ball himself and dove across the crease to get one back for the Bayhawks. With 4:29 left in the third, Kyle Jackson would send a pass to Mark Cockerton just above goal line extended. The left handed shot got by Phipps to cut the lead to three. Andrew Kew added his third of the game from the same spot Cockerton just scored from to take the Bayhawks up 13-9. Lyle Thompson, who has been drawing double teams all night, was able to get another past the defense on a fake and dive to score his 10th of the tournament.
To begin the fourth quarter, former Maryland midfielder Bryan Cole got the action started with a 15 yard goal for the Cannons. Nate Solomon would answer back for the Bayhawks. A quick move from behind the net and a high fake to a high finish increased the Chesapeake lead to 15-10. Challen Rogers would take a Mark Cockerton pass behind the arc to scorch a 2 point shot to cut the lead to 15-12 with 1:37 left. Bryan Cole would put one in with 1:16 for Boston, but they would run out of time as the Bayhawks won 15-13.