Goalkeeper Kip Turner anchored a suffocating defensive effort while midfielder Ben Hunt led a balanced offense with four points as the Chesapeake Bayhawks whipped the Long Island Lizards, 13-6, before a raucous crowd of 10,083 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.Turner made 10 saves and credited close defensemen Michael Evans, Nicky Polanco, and Brian Spallina for harassing Long Island into 5-for-36 shooting. Long stick defensive midfielder Barney Ehrmann scooped up five ground balls for the Bayhawks, who limited the Lizards to just one goal in both the first and third quarters.
“We weren’t happy with our performance last weekend against Boston so we had a defensive meeting and made sure everyone was on the same page,” Evans said. “We came out focused tonight and communicated well. Everyone worked together on defense and we really shut them down.”
Attackman John Grant Jr. and midfielder Steven Brooks totaled three points apiece for Chesapeake (10-3), which remains in the driver’s seat to earn the top seed for the Major League Lacrosse playoffs. Chesapeake is tied with Denver (10-3), but currently owns the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the first regular season meeting between the teams on June 2. The Bayhawks and Outlaws meet again next Saturday in Annapolis with the regular season championship on the line.
Midfielder Michael Kimmel scored two goals while attackman Danny Glading contributed a goal and assist for Chesapeake, which was without head coach Dave Cottle. Team owner Brendan Kelly filled in for Cottle, whose son Sean underwent emergency surgery on Saturday evening. Cottle reported afterward that the surgery was a success and his son was resting comfortably. Kelly said all the players signed a game ball for Sean Cottle at halftime and that they were definitely motivated to beat Long Island as a tribute to their coach and his family.
“Absolutely! These guys love Coach Cottle so they were ecstatic to get this win for him and his son,” Kelly said. “Dave is a great guy and a great coach and I look forward to him being back on the sideline next week leading the charge.”