The Chesapeake Bayhawks solidified a spot at Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink, with a 12-8 victory over the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday night. The loss, coupled with a win by the Charlotte Hounds, knocked the Rattlers out of playoff contention. Midfielder Matt Abbott was named Player of the Game after a three point, three groundball performance.
The Bayhawks jumped out to an early three goal lead, receiving scores from attackmen Drew Westervelt, Matt Mackrides and midfielder Michael Kimmel. Rochester responded with back-to-back tallies, keeping the visitors within one to end the quarter. Rookies Dave Lawson and John Ranagan collaborated for the first goal, while Kevin Leveille buried the second from 10 yards out.
Chesapeake dominated the second quarter behind great defensive play and strong ball movement. The Bayhawks opened the quarter with another three goal run, highlighted by two textbook transition goals. Abbott tallied one on a trail option, while also going end to end and dishing to teammate Jeff Reynolds for his first goal of the season. Mackrides scored his second of the night, and attackman Ben Rubeor got on the board off a pass from Westervelt. Long-pole Mike Manley scored Rochester’s only goal of the quarter after a faked two-pointer and rifle into the back of the net. Chesapeake led 7-3 at the end of the half.
The visitors came out fighting in the second half, scoring the first three points of the quarter. Lawson fought his way to the crease, diving and finishing past Bayhawks’ goalie Kip Turner. Ned Crotty was credited with a two-point goal as an attempted pass to the middle was deflected into the net. Abbott broke the Rochester run with a goal, followed by a Kimmel draw and dump to teammate John Grant Jr. to put the home team up by three. The teams exchanged goals at the end of the quarter, and Chesapeake entered the fourth with a three goal lead.
Westervelt opened the fourth quarter with a diving catch and finish off a no-look Kyle Dixon pass. Crotty tallied Rochester’s final goal of the game off a drive from X. Dixon finalized the scoring with a jump-shot off a pass from Grant Jr. Chesapeake moved the ball extremely well throughout the game, giving the Bayhawks clear looks at the goal all night. Their offense was sparked by their defense, who forced the Rattlers into a multitude of turnovers and poor shot selection.
The Bayhawks next face the Charlotte Hounds in what could be a potential Championship Weekend matchup on Saturday, August 10 at 7 p.m. (ET). Rochester will travel to Boston Saturday, August 10, for a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup as well. Check local listings or ESPN3.com for full coverage of both games.
- The playoff pool is set after this weekend. Denver, Hamilton, Chesapeake, and Charlotte will be at Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink.
- 11 of Chesapeake’s 12 goals were assisted.
- Eight different players scored for the Bayhawks.
- Westervelt finished with three goals, and two assists.
- Joel White had nine groundballs to anchor the Rochester defense.