By Mackenzie Carroll | 5/27/12 12:00 AM
With 3 wins out of 4 games played, the Bayhawks are looking strong at the beginning of the 2012 MLL season. The Bayhawks are gearing up for their next game on Saturday, June 2ndagainst the Denver Outlaws, which will be played in Denver at 9:00 pm EST.
Midfielder Kyle Dixon has recorded 103 goals, 37 two-pointers and 60 assists, which totals 200 points. Currently, Dixon is proving to be an important asset offensively so far in the season. In 4 games played, Dixon leads the league in two-point goals scored with 5. Dixon scored 3 two-point goals in the Bayhawks game against the Ohio Machine, leading the team to a 23-11 victory.
Midfielder Michael Kimmel is also contributing strongly on the offensive end thus far in the season. Currently, he has recorded 9 goals, 1 two-point goal, and 3 assists throughout 4 games. Kimmel was also named MLL Offensive Player of the Week for week four of the season. He received this honor after stepping up in their game against Hamilton, posting 6 goals, 1 two-pointer, and 1 assist.
Another big threat for the Bayhawks is midfielder Ben Hunt, who leads the team in goals scored with 10. Hunt has also posted 2 assists and has a scoring percentage of .370. Coming off of a hat-trick in the Bayhawks game versus Hamilton, Hunt looks to record more points against the Outlaws.
Kip Turner has been performing strong in the cage with an overall save percentage o f .522. He is averaging just fewer than 8 goals allowed per game, which is the second best average in the league. Turner came up big in the game against Hamilton tallying 8 saves and helping to lead the Bayhawks to a 20-7 victory.
The Bayhawks face-off percentage is presently .533, which is the third strongest average in the league. Adam Rand has won 57 out of 107 face-offs and must continue to execute further into the season. Continuing to win face-offs will lead to more possessions, which will create more opportunity to score and finish with a win.
Defenseman Dan Hostetler has come up with 18 ground balls in 4 games and leads the team in this statistic. He averages just fewer than 5 ground balls per game and has proven to be very consistent in this category. The Bayhawks are ranked third in the league in total ground balls on the season.
The Denver Outlaws will be tough competition for the Bayhawks since they too have a record of 3-1. The Outlaws single loss was to the Boston Cannons who are the league leaders with a 4-0 record.