By Dan Kopf | 8/21/10 4:19 PM
ANNAPOLIS, MD. - Just one month ago the Chesapeake Bayhawks found themselves in the midst of a five game losing streak. Today the #4 seeded Bayhawks are celebrating their first birth into the Championship game since 2005 after defeating the #1 seeded Boston Cannons 13-9.
Cannons rookie Max Quinzani opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal a minute into the game. Bayhawks’ attackman Buggs Combs followed that up with a goal of his own, knotting the score at one. After Combs’ goal Ben Hunt took over. Hunt scored four of the games next five goals giving the Bayhawks a 6-2 lead midway into the second half. The Bayhawks’ maintained their momentum going into halftime fueled by a spectacular goal by rookie Brian Carroll.
Chesapeake’s Peet Poillion continued the Bayhawks stellar play of the second half with a goal. With that goal the Bayhawks led the Cannons 11-3 causing Kip Turner to be taken out of the game. Turner was replaced by Jordan Burke who had only played in four games during the regular season. The Cannons responded to coach Bill Daye’s drastic strategy by scoring three straight goals in the third quarter.
Going into the fourth quarter the Bayhawks’ lead was down to five until League MVP Matt Poskay scored his second goal of the game. The Bayhawks’ remained up by four goals until Ryan Boyle dove right past Chris Garrity to bring the Cannons within three goals.
The Bayhawks’ Brian Vetter was able to finish off the Cannons run by scoring with 1:30 remaining in the game. Chris Garrity was named Bud Light MVP of the game after holding the Cannons to under ten goals and tallying 18 saves. On the offensive end midfielder Ben Hunt led all scorers with three goals. In a losing effort attackman Kevin Buchanan had three goals while League MVP Matt Poskay had two.
The #4 seeded Bayhawks will look to continue their cinderella run through the playoffs, tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Bayhawks will face the winner of the second semi-final game which features the #2 Denver Outlaws against the #3 seeded Long Island Lizards. The Championship game will be broadcasted live on ESPN2.