To suggest the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Boston Cannons have some postseason history would be an understatement. In 2010, Boston came to Annapolis riding high after capturing the regular season championship and was promptly upset by a Chesapeake club that had to win its final game to get into the playoffs. The host Bayhawks would go on to beat the Long Island Lizards to garner their third title, marking the first time in Major League Lacrosse history that a No. 4 seed accomplished that feat.
It was a similar story in 2011, but this time top-seeded Boston beat fourth-seeded Chesapeake, rallying from a big early deficit to earn a thrilling 14-13 victory on a last-second goal by attackman Max Quinzani. The Cannons then captured the first MLL championship in franchise history by defeating Hamilton at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
“We’ve had a great rivalry with Boston over the years and our two games this season were certainly very competitive. I expect another intense, hard-fought game,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “We’re playing on the road against the defending champions so this is going to be a stiff challenge. Boston absolutely has the home-field advantage, but that is not insurmountable. We have a very veteran team so I’m not really worried about how our players will react to a hostile environment. Nothing would be better than making sure that crowd is quiet in the fourth quarter.”
Denver will roll to victory over the Lizards who have been in a downward spiral. Jeremy Sieverts has become a leading midfield force for Denver. Keep an eye on Drew Snider doing the intangibles.
The Bayhawks will squeeze by Boston –Why ? Because they have the best talent. Kip Turner must slow down Paul Rabil. Former Terrapin Brian Farrell seeks his 2nd MLL title.