By Lena Welch | 6/29/13 10:00 PM
The Chesapeake Bayhawks avenged their early season overtime loss against the Hamilton Nationals with a 17-10 victory Saturday at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario.
Chesapeake’s Ben Hunt’s hat trick, including a two-point goal, earned him Player of the Game. Drew Westervelt and Matt Mackrides also recorded hat tricks for the Bayhawks.
Hamilton’s Joe Walters struck first 1:44 into the game, giving Hamilton its only lead of the contest. Chesapeake responded with goals from Hunt, Westervelt and Steven Brooks before Hamilton could bring the game within one, 3-2. Stephen Keogh struck with 16 seconds left in the quarter in a man-up situation.
The Bayhawks tore the game open in the second quarter, outscoring the Nationals 7-1. Roy Lang scored the equalizing goal 1:15 into the quarter off of an assist from Kevin Cunningham. That was the last goal for the Nationals until midway through the third quarter. Chesapeake began its tear with a Westervelt power-play goal on a John Grant Jr. assist. Mackrides and Matt Abbott each notched their first goals of the game in the second quarter. Hunt tallied another before Nicky Polanco scored in transition. Hunt closed out the half with an unassisted two-point goal, pushing Chesapeake’s lead to 10-3.
The Bayhawks continued to punish Hamilton in the third quarter. Westervelt scored first with an assist from Mackrides before Mackrides tallied a goal of his own less than a minute later. Cunningham notched a goal off of an assist from Brodie Merrill, cutting Chesapeake’s lead to 12-4. Abbott scored his second of the night 11 seconds later, and Mackrides completed his hat trick just under a minute later. Hamilton’s Jordan Hall recorded his first of two 30 seconds later, in back-and-forth lacrosse. Ben Rubeor responded before Hall notched his second goal. Chesapeake’s Brooks finished the scoring off of an assist from Michael Kimmel. Chesapeake led 16-6 going into the fourth quarter.
Hamilton’s fourth quarter comeback could not prevent the Chesapeake win. Cody Jamieson opened up scoring in the final frame with a powerplay goal from Walters. Martin Cahill continued Hamilton’s efforts less than a minute later, but Chesapeake slowed the Nationals with a final goal from Brooks. Kevin Crowley and Cody Jamieson each scored a goal for Hamilton in the final minute, extending Crowley’s franchise best 24-game point streak and bringing the final score to 17-10.
Adam Rand controlled the faceoff battle, winning 18-29. Mike Poppleton began the game going 4-6 and won 11 in the contest. Four goalies played in the game. Chesapeake’s Kip Tuner recorded 13 saves, including 10 in the first half. Brett Queener made 19 saves for the Nationals before rookie Dillon Ward entered the game and made a save.
The Nationals will complete their series against the Rattlers as they travel to Rochester to play Sunday, July 7 at 3 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Chesapeake will try to continue its win streak in Ohio as they face the Machine Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Selby Stadium in a game broadcast on youtube.com/MLL.