ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Goalkeeper Kip Turner made 17 saves, including nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Chesapeake Bayhawks (7-1) to their fifth straight win, a 14-13 Major League Lacrosse victory over the defending league champion Boston Cannons (5-3) in front of 10,126 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
Turner, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, made five of his nine saves in the fourth quarter during the final five minutes as the Bayhawks held off a late rally by the Cannons to remain in first place in the MLL standings.
Led by a two-point goal and an assist from midfielder Michael Kimmel, the Bayhawks sprinted out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes of the first quarter. But, back-to-back goals by the Cannons, including a two-point marker from midfielder Paul Rabil, narrowed the margin to 4-3 with 47 seconds remaining in the stanza.
After the teams exchanged two-point goals in the first four minutes of the second quarter, midfielder Kyle Dixon fired his second two-point goal of the game with 5:40 left in the first half to give Chesapeake an 8-5 advantage at the intermission.
Attackman Ryan Boyle scored back-to-back goals to open the third quarter and trim the Cannons' deficit to 8-7 before attackman Drew Westervelt answered by converting a feed from midfielder Matt Abbott to extend the Bayhawks' cushion to 9-7 with 10:24 left in the period.
The teams traded goals twice later in the third quarter before attackman John Grant, Jr. and midfielder Steven Brooks scored consecutive goals in the final three minutes of the stanza, upping the Bayhawks' cushion to 12-9.
Attackman Matt Poskay narrowed the gap to 12-10 just 2:18 into the fourth quarter when he scored off a pass from midfielder Kevin Buchanan before the Bayhawks answered with back-to-back goals from Kimmel and attackman Ben Rubeor.
Trailing by 14-10, the Cannons began to make a comeback by scoring twice in a two-minute span. After midfielder Pat Heim tallied a two-point goal with 8:15 remaining in regulation, rookie attackman Chris Boland scored the first goal of his MLL career off an assist from Rabil to make it a 14-13 game.
But, Turner and the Bayhawks defense held off several chances by the Cannons in the closing minutes, including a shot by Buchanan with 37 seconds left from the top of the two-point arc on an extra-man situation.
While Turner led the Bayhawks defensively, Kimmel scored three goals, including a two-point marker, with an assist while Dixon recorded a pair of two-point goals, giving him 10 two-point goals this season.
Rabil led Boston in a losing effort with a pair of two-point goals and three assists while Buchanan tallied two goals with two assists.
The Bayhawks outshot the Cannons by a 50-32 margin while Boston won 14 of 25 face-offs.