Rubeor Totals Four Points in Narrow 12-10 Loss to Denver on July 4
Goalkeeper Chris Garrity stopped 21 shots while attackman Ben Rubeor totaled four points, but their efforts were not enough as the Chesapeake Bayhawks suffered a difficult 12-10 loss to the Denver Outlaws on Sunday night at INVESCO Field. A postgame fireworks display attracted a tremendous crowd of 23,433 to Mile High Stadium.
Garrity was phenomenal throughout the night in making all sorts of spectacular saves, many on point-blank or one-on-one shots. Rubeor scored three goals and assisted another for the Bayhawks (4-3), who suffered their third straight loss.
It was a hard-fought game the whole way. It was a case of two teams that were desperate to win laying it all on the line,” Chesapeake general manager Spencer Ford said. “This loss wasn’t about offense or defense, heart or hustle. It came down to the intangible things. We got beat on ground balls the entire game and we made some crucial mistakes on offense.”
Midfielder Max Seibald scored three goals and dished off two assists for Denver, which outscored Chesapeake 5-2 in the third quarter to take control of a close game. Defensive midfielder Matt Bocklet also scored three goals for the Outlaws (4-3), who moved into a tie for second place with the Bayhawks behind the Boston Cannons (5-2).
I thought we played much better tonight than we did in our previous two losses. We came out with a little more pride and played better overall lacrosse,” Ford said. “Our defense and goalie really played like champs. To hold a team with as much firepower as Denver to 12 goals is a tremendous effort. That being said, you need to score more than 10 goals to win in this league. We took some poor shots at crucial times that cost us.”
Attackmen Danny Glading and Chazz Woodson scored two goals apiece for Chesapeake, which was out-shot 33-26 and lost the ground ball battle 36-25. Midfielder Peet Poillon dished off four assists. Denver did a good job defensively on Poillon and first line running mate Kyle Dixon, two of the team’s top scoring threats who were both held without a goal.
Andrew Hennessey, a rookie out of Bryant, was only the second opponent this season to beat Chesapeake ace Alex Smith on faceoffs, winning 14 of 26 draws. Brian Langtry scored two goals while fellow midfielder Sean Delaney had a goal and an assist.
Chesapeake’s close defense of Joe Cinosky, Michael Evans and Ray Megill did a terrific job of containing Denver’s high-scoring attack trio. Brendan Mundorf managed a goal and an assist, but fellow Team USA member Drew Westervelt was shut out. Matt Brown, who leads the team with 18 goals, was also shutout.
Chesapeake returns to the friendly confines of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium next Saturday, July 10 to host the league-leading Boston Cannons in a crucial contest. Ford feels the Bayhawks need to win two of their final four games to secure a playoff berth.
“I still love this team and still believe we can do great things this season. We’ve hit a little bit of a rough patch, but we’ll play our way through it and find a way to be there on championship weekend,” Ford said.