6/3/10 3:29 PM
Bayhawks Hope to Rally and Go 3-1 in Week 4
Friday night the Chesapeake Bayhawks return home to Annapolis looking to recover from last week’s 17-14 loss to the Chicago Machine.
This week’s match up features the Bayhawks against the Boston Cannons. Both teams lost in week 3 after starting the season 2-0. The Bayhawks and the Cannons will be eager to bounce back from their week 2 losses, but only one will leave Friday night with a third W.
Last week the Bayhawks came out sleeping, allowing the Machine to dominate the ball. The Bayhawks break down began at the face-off X with Alex Smith and extended throughout the team. Smith arrived in Pittsburgh winning 67 percent of face-offs in the first two weeks, but he had an off day against Chicago winning only 14 of 34 face-offs. As the best face-off specialist in the country, Smith is a driving force on the Bayhawks.
“Smith has his off days once in a while,” said head coach John Tucker. “I’m confident he’ll bounce back and be his dominant self in the next game.” Smith needs to shake it off and control the face-offs against Cannons’ Chris Eck this weekend.
While Bayhawks’ fans hope Smith rests up for this weekend, they want attackmen Andrew “Buggs” Combs and Danny Glading, midfielder Ben Rubeor and goaltender Chris Garrity to repeat last week’s performance. MLL veteran Combs registered four goals while Danny Glading has been consistent with two goals in each game this season; Rubeor tallied back-to-back goals in the third quarter and Garrity made 16 vital saves in 49 minutes of play. Their combined efforts weren’t enough to prevent the Machine from regaining possession and firing off shots left and right.
“We had some defensive breakdowns and left our goalie hung out to dry a few times,” said Tucker. The Bayhawks’ defensive line will need to improve before facing the Cannons’ Matt Poskay. With 12 goals already this season, Poskay along with Paul Rabil will be looking to maintain their team’s winning record. Bayhawks’ defensemen Michael Evans, PT Ricci and Joe Cinosky will also need to watch Brad Ross and his two-point shots. With three thus far, Ross and Kyle Dixon are tied as the leaders in two-point goals for the 2010 season.
Dixon was dormant behind the arc against the Machine. His rocket-shot from the outside will be essential to get past Kip Turner, the Cannon’s goaltender, and his 57.3% save percentage. While Peet Poillon still leads the MLL in points, his hot streak simmered a bit last week; he posted a 2010 season-low of three points with one goal and two assists.
The Bayhawks will need to restore their chemistry and hit the field ready to go against the Cannons. “I think we were a little flat [last week], but I guarantee we will pick it up and play with a lot more intensity on Friday night,” Combs said.
Be sure to catch the Chesapeake Bayhawks as they attempt to go 3-1 over the Boston Cannons on Friday, June 4 at 7:30 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. If you can’t be there, watch all the action live on Comcast SportsNet New England, COX Sports Rhode Island or streaming live on ESPN3.com.