By MLL Statistics and Information | 8/5/12 12:49 AM
HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada - Led by goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman, the Charlotte Hounds jumped out to an early lead and held off the Hamilton Nationals en route to an 11-9 Major League Lacrosse victory at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday night.
After building a 7-1 lead, the Hounds held off the Nationals to snap a three-game losing streak while improving to 4-9 on the season. Meanwhile, the Nationals dropped to 3-10 with the loss.
The teams traded goals in the first four minutes before Charlotte scored six consecutive goals to take a commanding 7-1 lead with 8:11 remaining in the second quarter.
But, the Nationals answered with a five-point run of their own, including a two-point goal by midfielder David Earl, to narrow the margin to 7-6 with 11:05 left in the third quarter.
After the teams traded goals, Charlotte used a pair of goals from midfielder Kyle Wimer to extend its advantage to 10-7 with 7:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. Midfielder Matt Dolente scored on the ensuing face-off for the Nationals to trim the margin to 10-8.
However, defenseman Ricky Pages answered just 30 seconds later to regain the Hounds' three-point lead. Despite a goal from midfielder Stephen Keogh, the Nationals were unable to get any closer.
Ghitelman, who had 18 saves in the victory, earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors while midfielder Stephen Berger scored two goals with an assist.
Keogh led Hamilton with three goals in the loss while midfielder Joe Walters tallied a game-high five assists.
The Hounds outshot Hamilton by a 44-33 margin.
MLL will host its 2012 Championship Weekend presented by Warrior on August 25 and 26 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass. It will be a battle of the top four teams and will include two semi-final games on Saturday followed by the championship game on Sunday. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.com. To learn more about the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior click here. The games will be televised live on ESPN2.
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