Bravo Niko—Bayhawks Win Crucial Game 13-12 Over ATL

MY TAKE—Amazing that the Bayhawks have Possible World Cup GoalieĀ  Brian Phipps and Niko Amato on same squad


Fourth-year goalkeeper Niko Amato put forth one of the best performances of his career while rookie attackman Josh Byrne continued his scoring spree as the Chesapeake Bayhawks captured a crucial late-season matchup with the Atlanta Blaze, 13-12, at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Amato, who has taken over the starting job between the pipes, established a career-high with 19 saves to anchor a suffocating defensive effort that saw the Bayhawks harass the Blaze into several lengthy scoring droughts.

“Niko played great in goal. He was seeing the ball really well and made some outstanding stops,” Chesapeake Head Coach Brian Reese said. “I’m so happy for Niko because that kid works his tail off. He’s gotten a chance to start and has made the most of it because he prepares so well during the week.”

Byrne scored four goals to lead the offense as Chesapeake evened its record at 6-6 and moved into a three-way tie for fourth place in Major League Lacrosse. The Bayhawks currently hold the fourth and final spot in the playoffs by virtue of winning tiebreakers with Rochester and Florida.

“It’s great that we’ve won two straight games to get ourselves back in the playoff picture, but now is no time to worry about that,” Reese said. “We’ll look up in two weeks and see where things stand. For now, we have to keep grinding and focus on Denver. It’s another short turnaround and we need to be ready on Thursday in Denver.”

Bayhawks, Pro Sports
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