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PREVIEW: Chesapeake at Charlotte

By Hannah McCaffrey |  6/21/13 11:30 AM

PREVIEW: Chesapeake at Charlotte


Chesapeake Bayhawks at Charlotte Hounds

Saturday, June 22 – 5:30 p.m. (ET) – American Legion Memorial Stadium

TV:CBS Sports Network

Notes: Charlotte - Chesapeake

The Charlotte Hounds look to defend their home territory against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Charlotte, NC at American Legion Memorial Stadium.

The Hounds and Bayhawks last met on July 7, 2012 in a 13-12 Charlotte victory.  The eventual MLL champion Bayhawks put up a fight in the back-and-forth match, with John Grant Jr. and Michael Kimmel both scoring 2-point goals.  However, a strong offensive effort was not enough for Chesapeake to pull off a win.  Charlotte attackman Matt Danowski gave an all-star performance netting four goals and one assist.  Goalie Adam Ghitelman led the Charlotte defense saving 20 of 30 shots for the win.  With such close contention in last July’s meeting, fans can expect another exciting game from both teams this Saturday.

The Bayhawks are looking for a win after last week’s 13-9 loss against the Denver Outlaws.  Despite the loss, the Bayhawks played incredible defense and gave the undefeated Outlaws their toughest game of the season.  With 19 saves against Denver, goalie Kip Turner has been the core of the Bayhawks defense all season with a .620 save percentage and averaging 9.11 goals allowed. Coach Cottle described Turner as Chesapeake’s MVP in this week’s Coaches Conference Call, serving as the league’s best goal tender and a threat to even the best offense.  The Bayhawks netted nine goals in their last game, coming from seven different Bayhawks players, demonstrating their versatile offense.  Midfielders Matt Abbott and Ben Hunt each put up two goals against the Outlaws.  For Chesapeake to grab a win this week they’ll need to step up their scoring efforts, against the second most offensive team in the league, the Hounds. For this they’ll have to lean on Ben Rubeor and Drew Westervelt who have put up monstrous single game numbers this season.

The Charlotte Hounds are hungry for a win after last week’s tough 15-13 loss to the Boston Cannons.  Attackmen Danowski and Ryan Young both had hat tricks in the battle against Boston.  Young is ranked 7th in the league with 21 points on the season and leads the Hounds offense with 16 goals.  Midfielder Peet Poillon also provides the Hounds with solid offensive support scoring 20 points on the season, 10th in the league.  Ghitelman’s 70 saves on the season and .450 save percentage have been a weaker point in Charlotte’s defense, but Chesapeake should certainly be weary ofTim Fallon’s league leading 57 ground balls.  If the Hounds can continue with their agressive offense and score goals they have a great shot at shutting down a tough Chesapeake defense.

Make sure to tune in to CBS Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. (EST) as the Charlotte Hounds face off against the Chesapeake Bayhawks at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, NC.



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