By MLL Statistics and Information | 7/16/11 9:54 PM
HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada - Midfielder Steven Brooks scored the game-winning goal with 7:50 remaining in overtime to lead the Chesapeake Bayhawks (5-3) to their second straight win, a 12-11 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Hamilton Nationals (4-4) at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday evening.
Brooks, who scored two goals in the victory, took a pass from midfielder Justin Smith and scored past goalkeeper Scott Rodgers as the Bayhawks earned their second win over the Nationals this year.
After the Nationals took a 1-0 lead on a goal by midfielder Stephen Keogh, the Bayhawks scored back-to-back goals from midfielder Brian Carroll and attackman Danny Glading for a 2-1 advantage with 11:09 left in the first quarter.
But, the Nationals put together a four-goal run to take a 5-2 lead with 2:22 remaining in the opening stanza. Rookie midfielder Jeremy Thompson scored a goal with an assist during the spurt.
With 1:22 left in the period, midfielder Kyle Dixon scored a two-point goal off a feed from midfielder Ben Hunt to trim the Bayhawks' deficit to 5-4.
The Nationals extended their advantage with back-to-back goals from midfielders Geoff Snider and Kevin Crowley for a 7-4 cushion with 3:24 left in the first half. However, the Bayhawks answered with goals from Brooks and attackman Ben Rubeor, cutting the deficit to 7-6 at the intermission.
Led by a goal and an assist from Smith, the Bayhawks opened the second half with a three-goal run to take a 9-7 lead with 11:08 left in the third quarter.
Snider stopped the Bayhawks' run with an unassisted goal on the ensuing face-off before Glading regained the Bayhawks' two-point advantage by scoring with 2:40 remaining in the period.
Trailing by 10-8, the Nationals put together a three-goal run in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter to take a one-point lead. After Crowley scored with 9:46 left, rookie midfielder David Earl tied the game at 10-10 when he scored an unassisted goal past goalkeeper Brian Phipps. Just 27 seconds later, Snider gave Hamilton an 11-10 advantage when he scored an unassisted goal, his third goal of the game.
But, Carroll forced overtime with 27 seconds remaining in regulation when he scored off a pass from midfielder Michael Kimmel, setting up the game-winning heroics.
Brooks was named as the Bud Light Player of the Game after scoring the game-winning goal while Glading contributed two goals with two assists. Carroll added two goals while Smith scored a goal with two assists. Phipps made 14 saves for the Bayhawks, who held Hamilton to just 31 shots.
Snider and Crowley each scored three goals in a losing effort for Hamilton while Keogh added a two-goal effort. Rodgers made 19 saves in the loss for the Nationals, who had their three-game win streak snapped.
Major League Lacrosse: Chesapeake Bayhawks 12, Hamilton Nationals 11 (OT)
Chesapeake (5-3) 4-2-4-1-1 / 12
Hamilton (4-4) 5-2-1-3-0 / 11
One-Point Goals: CHES - Brian Carroll 2, Danny Glading 2, Ben Rubeor 2, Steven Brooks 2, Ben Hunt 1, Justin Smith 1; HAM - Geoff Snider 3, Kevin Crowley 3, Stephen Keogh 2, Jeremy Boltus 1, David Earl 1, Jeremy Thompson 1. Two-Point Goals: CHES - Kyle Dixon 1; HAM - n/a. Assists: CHES - Justin Smith 2, Danny Glading 2, Ben Hunt 1, Michael Kimmel 1; HAM - Jeremy Boltus 2, Brodie Merrill 1, Jeremy Thompson 1. Saves: CHES - Brian Phipps 14 (62:10, 11 goals allowed); HAM - Scott Rodgers 19 (62:10, 11 goals allowed). Shots: CHES - 57; HAM - 31. Power-Play Opportunities: CHES - 0 for 5; HAM - 0 for 3. Attendance: 1,103.
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