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BOSTON, Mass. - Attackman
Ben Rubeor scored five of his game-high six goals in the second half as the second-seeded Chesapeake Bayhawks used a strong second half to defeat the third-seeded Boston Cannons by a 16-10 margin in the second semi-final at the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by
Warrior at Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Bayhawks, who are attempting to become the first team in league history to win four championships, advance to Sunday's championship game where they will face the top-seeded Denver Outlaws at 3 p.m. The Outlaws rallied from a 12-3 deficit to edge the Long Island Lizards by a 13-12 margin in the first semi-final.
After the teams traded goals to open the game, the Cannons used four consecutive goals, including a pair of markers from midfielder
Mike Stone, to take a 5-1 lead with 3:18 remaining in the opening stanza.
But, the Bayhawks answered by scoring three straight goals to trim the deficit to 5-4 with 13:55 remaining in the first half.
The Cannons extended their advantage to 7-4 with back-to-back goals from defenseman
PT Ricci and attackman
Ari Sussman before the Bayhawks used a five-point run, including a pair of two-point goals from midfielder
Kyle Dixon, to take a 9-7 lead with 4:12 left in the first half.
A goal by defenseman
Kyle Sweeney with 1:52 remaining trimmed the margin to 9-8 at the intermission.
After Stone tied the game at 9-9 with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter, the Bayhawks used three consecutive goals from Rubeor to take a 12-9 advantage with nine seconds left in the period.
The Bayhawks added four consecutive goals in the opening eight minutes of the fourth quarter, including a pair of markers from Rubeor, to increase the lead to 16-9.
With 23 seconds left, attackman
Kevin Buchanan scored an unassisted goal to narrow the gap to 16-10, but the Cannons were unable to get any closer.
While Rubeor scored a game-high six goals to lead the Bayhawks en route to
Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, Dixon added three goals, including a pair of two-point markers, with an assist.
Stone led Boston in a losing effort by scoring three goals with two assists.
The Bayhawks outshot Boston by a 54-44 margin and had a 30-29 advantage in ground balls.