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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Maryland native Ben Rubeor slips one of his four goals past Ohio Machine goalkeeper Scott Rodgers.
Published on: Monday, May 13, 2013
By Daniel Kucin
Even the weather couldn’t contain the Chesapeake Bayhawks from running away with a double-digit victory over the Ohio Machine on Saturday night at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Despite two weather delays that ended the contest at the end of the third period, the Bayhawks won their third-straight game,14-5.
Six-year pro Ben Rubeor led the Hawks with four goals and an assist after having an impressive seven-goal performance the previous week against the New York Lizards. The Maryland native’s consistent play trickled down to the rest of his team, and, in turn, contributed to the nine-point shellacking.
“The last two weeks, things have been going my way,” Rubeor said. “I’m not doing anything differently than I normally do. I’ve just been fortunate to end up on the back end of plays and the shots are falling for me.”
Photo by Daniel Kucin. John Grant Jr. returns to the lineup and celebrates with Michael Kimmel, a Johns Hopkins All-American, after dishing out an assist against the Ohio Machine.
Midfielder Matt Mackrides notched his second hat trick of this season, and goalkeeper Kip Turner made 11 saves on the back end to secure the victory. Turner, an Annapolis native, is ranked as the best goalie in the league up to this point with 28 saves, and he currently has the best save percentage to boot (.778).
The Bayhawks are now tied for first place in the Major League Lacrosse standings with the Denver Outlaws as the only remaining undefeated teams in the conference.
“I thought defensively and offensively, it was probably the best we’ve played on both sides this season,” Chesapeake Bayhawks head coach Dave Cottle said. “I thought we played pretty well. I thought we handled the ball better and shot the ball better on offense. Defensively, our guys are tough and make teams earn their goals. I thought Kip played well and bailed us out a few times with great saves.”
The Ohio Machine is still looking for its first win of the season. The Bayhawks, on the other hand, shouldn’t have any trouble on the road against the winless Boston Cannons on Saturday. They will return back home June 1 against the Hamilton Nationals in a match that should turn out to be a hard hitting affair.