6/6/14 2:04 PM
ANNAPOLIS, MD - Attackman Kevin Leveille scored 4 ½ minutes into the second overtime as the host Rochester Rattlers handed the Chesapeake Bayhawks a heartbreaking 8-7 loss on Thursday night at Sahlen Stadium.
A suspect slashing penalty on Chesapeake defenseman Michael Evans gave Rochester a power play and rookie attackman Myles Thompson made the extra pass to Leveille, who was one-on-one with goalie Kip Turner and sent a sidearm bounce shot to the far corner to bring an end to what is believed to be the first double-overtime game in Major League Lacrosse history.
“It was a hard-fought, grind-it-out type of game and we came up on the short end,” Chesapeake Head Coach Dave Cottle said. “I thought we played really hard and battled from start to finish. We didn’t shoot well and that cost us.”
Chesapeake failed to score on its own power play opportunity in the second extra session. Midfielder Steven Brooks drew a holding penalty on short stick defender Donny Moss, but the Bayhawks got off just one shot and it was knocked down and did not even reach the goal.
Turner was simply sensational in the loss, making a season-high 18 saves to hold Rochester five goals below its season average. Turner was tremendous down the stretch in regulation and also in the first overtime, making numerous difficult saves to keep the game tied.
“Our goalie was absolutely outstanding and I think it was the best defense we’ve played in a long time,” Cottle said. “Unfortunately, Rochester’s defense and goalie was just as good.”
Attackman Ben Rubeor scored two goals while midfielder Joe Walters dished off two assists in his debut for Chesapeake (1-5), which suffered its fourth straight loss. Midfielder Ben Hunt returned after missing three games with an injury to contribute a goal and assist for the Bayhawks, who scored seven goals on 51 shots.
“That was the most shots we’ve taken all season so that shows we possessed the ball and ran good offense,” Cottle said. “We just have to do a better job of finishing our opportunities.”
Goalie John Galloway recorded 21 saves while Leveille notched a hat trick to lead Rochester (4-2), which holds sole possession of second place in Major League Lacrosse. Leveille, a 10th-year professional out of Massachusetts, became the all-time leading goal scorer in MLL with 271 to surpass former New York Lizards attackman Tim Goettelmann.
It was a sloppy, low-scoring first half that featured 19 combined turnovers by the two teams. Rubeor scored two goals for Chesapeake while attackman Mark Matthews netted two for Rochester as the score was tied 2-2 after one quarter and 4-4 at halftime.
There was more of the same in third quarter as each team again scored twice to make it 6-6 going into the final frame. Hunt scored unassisted off a great bull dodge while attackman Drew Westervelt fired in a power play goal off a nice feed from Walters.
Matt Abbott gave Chesapeake the lead for the sixth time in the game by scoring a transition goal just one minute into the fourth quarter. Abbott raced downfield, took one step inside the 2-point arc and unleashed a lefty laser that stuck the top corner.
Leveille tied the score for the seventh time with just under nine minutes elapsed off a slick behind-the-back shot, equaling the all-time record for career goals in the process. Neither squad was able to score over the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, resulting in bonus lacrosse.
Turner made superb stops of shots by Leveille and midfielder John Ranagan 48 seconds apart on Rochester’s final possession of regulation. Chesapeake called timeout and held for the last shot with Galloway coming up big by snuffing a hard shot by Rubeor with six seconds to go.
Both goalies made some huge saves in the first overtime as well with Turner turning away crank shots by Ranagan and fellow middie Justin Turri in a two-minute span. Galloway stuffed a point blank attempt by Rubeor with 3:32 left then snuffed out another shot from the doorstep by Mundorf with 1:23 remaining.
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