By MLL Statistics and Information | 6/11/11 11:30 PM
DENVER, Colo. - Midfielder Ben Hunt scored the game-winning goal just 1:07 into overtime as the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-1) rallied from a four-point deficit to hand the Denver Outlaws (3-1) their first loss of the season, a 16-15 overtime decision at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Saturday night.
After suffering their first loss of the season last week against the Boston Cannons, the Bayhawks overcame a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter by scoring five goals, including a two-point marker by Hunt with 1:19 remaining in regulattion, to force overtime and earn the victory.
Led by a goal and an assist from midfielder Matt Abbott, the Bayhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game's first five minutes. After the teams traded goals, midfielder Max Seibald scored his first goal of the season to trim the Denver deficit to 4-2 with 1:39 remaining in the stanza.
But, Denver took control in the second quarter by scoring six goals, including two goals from midfielder Brian Langtry and attackman Brendan Mundorf, to take an 8-6 lead at the intermission.
The Outlaws' control continued in the early part of the third quarter as Denver scored three unassisted goals in the first six minutes of the second half to increase its advantage to 11-6.
However, the Bayhawks answered with a three-goal run of their own, including a goal with an assist from Hunt, to close the gap to 11-9 with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter. But, Seibald and midfielder Bill McGlone tallied back-to-back goals for a 13-9 Denver advantage with 18 seconds left in the period.
After the teams traded goals to open the fourth quarter, the Bayhawks began their comeback with a pair of goals from midfielder Ryan Hurley, who was making his MLL debut. Following a goal from Denver midfielder Peet Poillon that gave Denver a 15-12 lead, Hunt converted a pass from attackman Ben Rubeor for a two-point goal with 1:19 left in regulation.
Then, Hunt found attackman Danny Glading with a pass that Glading converted with 14 seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Hunt gave the Bayhawks the victory when he scored off a feed from midfielder Steven Brooks with 8:53 left.
While Hunt led the Bayhawks with his career-high nine-point effort, Glading scored three goals with an assist while Hurley tallied his first career "hat trick" with a three-goal performance. Goalkeeper Joey Kemp made 13 saves in the victory for the Bayhawks, who outshot Denver by a 50-40 margin.
Poillon, who was acquired from the Bayhawks prior to the start of the season, led Denver with four goals and an assist while Westervelt had two goals with two assists. Goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman, who is the reigning MLL Defensive Player of the Week, made 18 saves in a losing effort.
Major League Lacrosse: Chesapeake Bayhawks 16, Denver Outlaws 15 (OT)
Chesapeake (3-1) 4-2-3-6-1 / 16
Denver (3-1) 2-6-5-2-0 / 15
One-Point Goals: CHES - Ben Hunt 4, Ryan Hurley 3, Danny Glading 3, Matt Abbott 1, Ben Rubeor 1, Jeff Reynolds 1, Michael Kimmel 1; DEN - Peet Poillon 4, Brendan Mundorf 2, Brian Langtry 2, Drew Westervelt 2, Max Seibald 2, Bill McGlone 1, Matt Bocklet 1, Steve Holmes 1. Two-Point Goals: CHES - Ben Hunt 1; DEN - n/a. Assists: CHES - Ben Hunt 3, Matt Abbott 1, Brian Carroll 1, Danny Glading 1, Kyle Dixon 1, Ben Rubeor 1, Jeff Reynolds 1, Steven Brooks 1; DEN - Drew Westervelt 2, Brendan Mundorf 1, Bill McGlone 1, Nate Watkins 1, Peet Poillon 1. Saves: CHES - Joey Kemp 13 (61:07, 15 goals allowed); DEN - Jesse Schwartzman 18 (61:07, 15 goals allowed). Shots: CHES - 50; DEN - 40. Power-Play Opportunities: CHES - 1 for 3; DEN - 1 for 6. Attendance: 12,548.
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