ANNAPOLIS, MD– Attackman Matt Danowski totaled six points, including four in the final three minutes, while goalie Adam Ghitelman recorded 20 saves as the expansion Charlotte Hounds stunned the Major League Lacrosse-leading Chesapeake Bayhawks, 13-12, much to the delight of a raucous crowd at American Legion Memorial Stadium.
Kip Turner registered 17 saves in a losing effort for Chesapeake, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Attackman
John Grant Jr. joined midfielders
Steven Brooks and
Michael Kimmel in totaling three points apiece for the Bayhawks, who remain in first place with a 7-2 record.
It was U.S. Army Night at Memorial Stadium and Charlotte attackman
Jeremy Boltus, a West Point graduate and second Lieutenant, highlighted pregame festivities by swearing in a large contingent of new recruits. Boltus then led the Hounds onto the field carrying an American flag.
All that emotion carried over into the game as Charlotte jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but attackman-midfielder
Ben Rubeor led a 4-1 run that gave Chesapeake a one-goal lead after the first quarter. However, a power play goal by former Bayhawk
Brian Carroll capped a 3-1 second quarter that gave the Hounds a 6-5 lead at halftime.
Chesapeake seemed to take control by outscoring Charlotte 4-0 in the third period with Grant capping the run with a 2-point goal with just four seconds remaining to give the visitors a 9-6 advantage. Grant scored again unassisted on a strong inside move to open the fourth stanza and increase the lead to 10-6, but Boltus contributed a goal and assist as the home team answered with three straight goals to get within one.
It appeared Chesapeake would survive the inspired effort by Charlotte when Kimmel fired in a 2-pointer with 5:43 remaining. However, it was all Danowski from there on out as the former Duke All-American willed his team to victory with three goals in the final 2:49.
Back-to-back unassisted goals by Danowski got Charlotte within one at 12-11 with 1:25 to go. Chesapeake won the ensuing face-off, but lost possession without getting off a shot. That gave the host Hounds one last shot and a pushing penalty on
Jeff Reynolds in transition proved costly.
Charlotte gained a man advantage with 32.3 seconds left and Danowski came through in the clutch, rocketing a 2-point shot from the top of the arc through the legs of Turner and into the back of the net to put the Hounds ahead 13-12. The Bayhawks won the ensuing face-off, but midfielder
Kyle Dixon was stripped while attempting to maneuver for a game-tying goal and the Hounds (3-6) had their second straight win.
Adam Rand had an outstanding game in defeat for the Bayhawks, capturing 19 of 26 draws. Rubeor along with attackmen
Danny Glading and
Drew Westervelt notched three points apiece for Chesapeake, which was playing the first of four straight games on the road. Rubeor has now scored at least one point in 24 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the Bayhawks and among the best in the MLL.
The Bayhawks return home on Saturday, August 4
th to battle their long time rivals the Long Island Lizards. Papa John’s will be giving away thunder sticks at the gates. Tickets can be purchased online at
www.thebayhawks.comor over the phone by calling the box office 866-99-HAWKS (42957). Reserve your seat today and see the Bayhawks battle at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this summer.
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