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Bayhawks secure second seed slot in MLL playoffs


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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Ben Rubeor was named “Player of the Game” in the team’s regular-season finale against the Charlotte Hounds.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Ben Rubeor was named “Player of the Game” in the team’s regular-season finale against the Charlotte Hounds.

Published on: Thursday, August 15, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

The Chesapeake Bayhawks took a big step toward winning the 2013 MLL Championship on Aug. 10 against the Charlotte Hounds at Navy-Marine Memorial Corps Stadium in Annapolis.

The 16-14 victory secured the Bayhawks’ spot in the playoffs as a second seed.

“You kind of have to survive the assault and work the cut,” Bayhawks Head Coach Dave Cottle said. “We threw haymakers early, and they survived it. They threw some in the second and third quarters, and we survived. This was a game about energy and effort, and I thought we showed both of them tonight.”

Attackman Ben Rubeor was named the “Player of the Game” for scoring four goals and racking up two assists. Attackman John Grant Jr. scored two goals and had four assists.

Chesapeake managed to come back and persevere to win after a five-goal deficit late in the third quarter.

“This win says a lot about our team. We started off hot. ... Then they came back flying and had all of the momentum, but we aren’t going to lay down,” said midfielder Michael Kimmel, who scored three goals. “We’re a veteran group and knew how important this game was to the team. We wanted to dig down and show our fans a great performance in our last home game of the season.”

Goalie Kip Turner had 13 saves, and he did not allow another goal for the final 25 minutes and 57 seconds of the match.

Despite losing the face-off battle 22-10, the Bayhawks put together a team effort to win the last five out of six contests.

Chesapeake will go on to face the Hamilton Nationals on Aug. 24 in the 2013 Championship Weekend at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The Bayhawks defeated Hamilton in the teams’ previous match 17-10.

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