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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Attackman
Matt Danowski scored three of his game-high four goals in the fourth quarter as the Charlotte Hounds overcame a three-point deficit to earn a 13-12 Major League Lacrosse victory over the league-leading Chesapeake Bayhawks in front of 5,013 fans at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
Danowski, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, scored three straight goals over the final three minutes, including a two-point marker that was the eventual game-winning goal, as the Hounds rallied with seven points in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by 9-6 to open the fourth quarter, the Hounds scored three of the first four goals to open the period and close the deficit to 10-9. After midfielder
Michael Kimmel upped the Chesapeake lead to 12-9 with a two-point goal with 5:43 remaining, Danowski ignited the Hounds' comeback by scoring an unassisted goal with 2:49 remaining.
After Danowski scored another unassisted goal with 1:25 left to narrow the gap to 12-11, he gave Charlotte a 13-12 advantage by scoring a two-point goal past goalkeeper
Kip Turner with just 22 seconds remaining.
The Hounds took a 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the first quarter on goals from Danowski
Justin Turri. But, the Bayhawks answered with three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead with 3:34 remaining in the period.
The teams exchanged goals to end the first quarter, giving Chesapeake a 4-3 advantage.
The Hounds regained a one-point lead in the opening four minutes of the second quarter on back-to-back goals by attackmen
Billy Bitter and
Jovan Miller before the teams traded goals to end the first half as Charlotte owned a 6-5 edge.
But, the Bayhawks answered in the third quarter by scoring three unanswered goals, including a two-point goal by attackman
John Grant, Jr., to take a 9-6 lead.
While Danowski led the Hounds with his game-high six-point effort, Turri contributed two goals with an assist for the Hounds, who outshot Chesapeake by a 46-43 margin.
Grant and Kimmel each scored two goals, including a two-point marker, for the Bayhawks, who had not lost since a May 12 setback against Rochester.