CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 5 TIME MLL CHAMPION CHESAPEAKE BAYHAWKS!
"RECAP: Bayhawks Capture Second Straight Title"
Chester, Pa. (August 25, 2013) - The Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the Charlotte Hounds, 10-9, to earn their second consecutive MLL Championship title on Sunday, August 25 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, PA.
Led by Championship Weekend MVP, John Grant Jr., the Bayhawks grabbed 10 goals and played a strong defensive game. They have now earned the Championship title in three of the last four seasons, and their fifth club title.
The game opened with a faceoff win for Chesapeake’s Adam Rand, but it was the Hound’s that struck first with a goal from Ryan Young, a minute and 11 seconds into the quarter. Adam Ghitelman made a couple of stops as the Bayhawks tried to keep the pressure on before the 2012 Championship MVP, Ben Rubeor put Chesapeake on the board, sending one into the net. Veteran attackman, Casey Powell would add to this, putting the Bayhawks up 2-1. After Charlotte went 1-5 in shots on goal, Young grabbed another one to even up the game. This was only temporary as Grant came in with the pick and roll to give the Bayhawks the 3-2 advantage.
The score would remain at 3-2 until the 3:43 mark in the second quarter, when Grant would take the feed from Powell to score again, making it a 4-2 difference. Charlotte failed to take advantage of a man-up situation and just couldn’t get a shot off. Matt Danowski was the only Hound to take a shot on goal in the quarter. To close out the half Grant slashed another goal with 1.1 seconds on the clock to head into halftime up 5-2 and complete a natural hat trick.
The third quarter would see a change in pace, with the ball traveling up and down the field, the type of lacrose tailored for a young, Hounds team, but still they struggled to compete. Grant would again send the ball sailing past Ghitelman, carrying his team to a 6-2 lead. The Hounds then turned it on, scoring two goals 46 seconds apart, one from rookie Jake Tripucka, and Young completing his hat trick. With a 6-4 lead, the Bayhawks kept the Hounds scoreless the rest of the quarter. Drew Westervelt and Matt Mackrides would contribute to the Chesapeake lead, making it 8-4 before heading into the final 15 minutes of the MLL season.
Rookie Mike Sawyer, chipped away at the Chesapeake lead, finding the net behind Kip Turner. With a man-up advantage the Bayhawks’ demonstrated a great passing game to allow Westervelt his second goal of the game. Charlotte wouldn’t let Chesapeake run away just yet, closing in with a pair of goals from Peet Poillon and again from Sawyer, putting them just two points back. Westervelt would come in for his third goal off the day, and make it a 10-7 game with 7:07 to play. In the last two seconds Charlotte captain, Danowski would send in an impressive two-point goal, but still came up short with a final of 10-9.
While the Hounds only held the lead in the first minutes of the game, they never let the Bayhawks feel comfortable with it. In the end though, Chesapeake outplayed the youthful Hounds. The veteran Bayhawks have now won five MLL Championships, hoisting the Steinfield Trophy for the second consecutive season, with the help of veterans like Powell, Rubeor, Westervelt, and Grant, along with an outstanding performance from Turner.
· Chesapeake’s Kip Turner went 14 for 22 in saves, earning a .636 save percentage in the game.
· Three players completed hat tricks in the game, Drew Westervelt and John Grant Jr for the Bayhawks, and Ryan Young for the Hounds.
· Championship MVP, John Grant Jr. scored four consecutive goals in the game, one in the first quarter, two in the second, and one last goal in the third. He would finish the game with four total points.
· Adam Ghitelman, in goal for the Hounds made 9 saves, on 19 shots on goal.
· Charlotte’s Ryan Young led their offense, tallying 7 points in the game, including four goals and three assists.
· Just four players scored goals for the Hounds, while only five players tallied goals for the Bayhawks in the Championship game.
· Both Drew Westervelt and John Grant Jr. would score four points in the game, leading the Bayhawks’ offense.
· The 10-9 score ties the record for lowest score in a Championship Game. In 2009 Toronto defeated Denver and in 2011 Boston beat Hamilton by the same score.
"In Their Own Words: A collection of quotes from Champ Weekend"
Championship Weekend capped a great 2013 MLL season. We saw upsets, we saw records broken and we saw the Chesapeake Bayhawks capture their fifth title in club history sparking several talks of “Dynasty”.
After each of the three games we asked coaches and players to give us some of their immediate thoughts on the game just played. Here is an account of the weekend in the words of the coaches and players.
The weekend started with the Charlotte Hounds upsetting the undefeated Denver Outlaws 17-14 to advance to the Championship Game.
When asked about the keys to the game Charlotte coach Mike Cerino had this to say:
“We’re going to have to shoot the ball well, Schwartzman is one of the best goalies to play the game we’re going to have to control faceoffs and play great team defense.”
With 15 out of their 28 shots on frame making it into the net and with Geoff Snider winning 22 of 32 faceoffs, we think that they accomplished what they were trying to do.
Denver’s Coach Jim Stagnitta after the loss was asked what his thoughts were.
“We didn’t play well,” Stagnitta said. “Bad day not to play well. We started out tentative, we made every mistake you could possibly make, in the first half, everywhere from shot selection, to substitutions, to just basic fundamental mistakes and we dug ourselves a hole against a pretty powerful team.”
The general consensus among the Hounds players was that good teamwork is what helped them win.
Hounds captain Matt Danowski said, “We played great fundamentally in the first half. Faceoff men did a great job and defensively we played great. Guys stepped up, we’re a team that everyone gets involved in. It’s not a one man show. Everyone just gets one or two [goals].”
“Team effort. It’s all team effort,” said defender Ryan Flanagan. “You look at all our guys, every one of them does a little bit. We don’t lean on any one player; we don’t ask any one guy to shut one guy down.”
Denver did have some positives to take away though. Rookie Eric Law played his best game yet scoring nine goals on 11 shots and breaking the record for goals in a single playoff game.
“[Law is] very important for the future, and was very important this year,” Stagnitta said. “He kind of had that first year, start on a high and then take a dip, but came back and really played strong down the stretch. His effort today was phenomenal, if we had that from top to bottom, youknow, it might have been a different outcome. We’re lucky to have him.”
Law took a moment to reflect on his season as well
“I had a great season because of the great teammates around me and the style we play, everyone gets the accolades,” he said. “I’m excited to come back next year; we will be hungry and use this as fuel for the whole offseason and come back and hopefully get it done Championship Weekend.”
Lead changes good offense and great defense were the themes of the second semifinal that saw the Bayhawks prevail of the Hamilton Nationals 13-12.
The key to the game for Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle was to “play Bayhawks Lacrosse” and they did.
“I just felt like we grinded,” he said. “It was a microcosm of our entire season. How we’ve been in six one-goal games, two two-goal games and we kept battling. Everything was difficult. We found a way to come from behind to win like we came from behind in the Charlotte game [Aug. 10]. We’ll find out tomorrow if we’re any good.”
Mike Kimmel scored the first and last goals of the game to help the Bayhawks reach the Championship Game.
“It was a battle,” Kimmel reflected. “We were definitely stagnant on offense there for a while, and our experience just came through at the end. I was kicking myself because two possessions before [the game-winning goal] Mackrides found me on the doorstep, and I was even more open, and I missed it. So Casey Powell was drawing a lot of attention. I think he had the attention of two slides and the goalie was looking at him, so I couldn’t have missed that one. It was an empty-netter, and I just batted it in.”
Even with the loss, Nationals coach Dave Huntley saw some positives to take away.
“I thought our guys competed well, and that’s all you can ask for,” Huntley said. “You play hard, but the ball didn’t bounce our way. So proud of the way Joe Walters played today. He was terrific for us today. All our young guys played well. It was a great game. We’re playing a sport and people come to watch it, and I’m particularly pleased with the level of respect their team has for us, and us for them, so I wish them luck tomorrow.”
Even with being disappointed in the loss Joe Walters promised the Nationals will be back
“Great game,” he said. “Both teams are Championship-caliber teams. Both teams fought back. When you look at the history of Championship Weekend, usually the first semifinal is a one-goal game. Then the first game is surprisingly a blowout, but this is what you can expect. They played like a Championship team. They came back. They fought back. Whenever you lose in the playoffs it’s disappointing. I guess some positives are that we made the playoffs, guys really stepped up. This is just very disappointing, but we’ll be back for sure.”
Sunday’s Championship Game was set to be an exciting one. The teams split the regular season series but both were very close games. It was up to the Bayhawks to set the tempo for the game and make sure they didn’t allow the Hounds to speed up the game.
In the end, the five-time champions were able to limit the Hounds production and came away with a 10-9 win.
Coach Cerino said, “There is no doubt we got caught in their tempo. But with the extra possessions we picked up with [faceoff man] Geoff Snider, we probably should have done a little more to them. Kip Turner had a tremendous game in the goal, certainly in the first half. We didn’t really finish some of the good looks we had.”
“We had a tough one today,” Hounds attackman Ryan Young echoed. “That’s what happens in this league, everyone is so good. There is really nothing we can say right now. We’d take the way we played any day; it’s a tough one.”
But the day belonged to the Bayhawks, a combination of veterans and young guns started strong and never looked back on their way to winning the Steinfeld Trophy.
“I thought we played great team defense,” said coach Cottle. “Our guys fought and scrapped, and I thought our goalie was excellent. Our veterans on attack were great, John Grant had four goals, Casey Powell was really a factor, and Drew Westervelt was great. We were opportunistic and kind of grinded one out. We played seven one goal games this season already, which helped. Grant was willing to do anything to win a Championship, and Brian Spallina and Nicky Polanco and those guys were willing to do anything to win a Championship, and when that happens, usually good things happen.”
Veteran attackman John Grant Jr. was eventually named Championship Weekend MVP and cited experience as one of the key components to their success.
“Experience. We knew what it took to win,” Grant said. “We have been here before. Our composure and leadership definitely stepped through today against a younger team. Hats off to Charlotte, they played an excellent weekend and they’re going to be a team to reckon with in the next couple of years. You know, whether we played our best game or not, that doesn’t matter now—we played well enough to win.”
Ultimately it was defenseman Brian Spallina, a six-time MLL Champion, who revealed the secret to this championship team
“100 % Team Chemistry,” Spallina said. “Everyone bought in. This is just a team through and through. Nobody wanted any individual awards—I don’t think we even got one. Ultimately the end goal came true for us. This is just a pure team win.”
"News and Notes Champ Weekend"
By Kelsey Doherty, August 2013
As the 2013 Season closes so does our weekly review of notes, numbers, recaps and previews. Here for one final time the recaps and numbers from a successful Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink.
Charlotte Hounds 17, Denver Outlaws 14
The Charlotte Hounds upset the previously undefeated Denver Outlaws in the first semi-final game of the weekend, with a final of 17-14. Even with Eric Law’s nine-goal game, Denver could not recover from the first quarter. The Hounds entered the game and made a statement with eight points on six goals during the first 15 minutes of play, keeping the Outlaws to only two goals. Mike Sawyer would complete a hat trick before entering the second quarter, eventually earning Player of the Game honors. Law answered with four goals before halftime, as both teams put up five points to make it 13-7. Denver had the advantage in the second half, holding Charlotte to a single point off a Matt White goal. Denver still trailed, 17-12 in the last minutes of the game, when veteran Brendan Mundorf and Law each contributed a point, but it just was not enough, and the Hounds ended the Outlaws undefeated season, advancing to the Championship Game.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 13, Hamilton Nationals 12
The Chesapeake Bayhawks advanced to the Championship Game after a 13-12 victory over the number three seed, Hamilton Nationals. Michael Kimmel set the tone for the Bayhawks, grabbing a two-point goal four minutes into the game. Hamilton quickly made up for the deficit though, with three back-to-back goals to close out the first quarter. The Nationals were consistent with another three in the second quarter, but goalie, Brett Queener allowed four into the net, including two from Ben Hunt. Hamilton’s five goals in the third quarter only got them so far, handing over five to the Bayhawks in the final 15 minutes. It was a game of back-and-forth that was ultimately won by the Bayhawks, thanks to Kimmel, who slashed three goals and grabbed four points on the night. He was named Player of the Game, Chesapeake’s leading scorer, sending them to the Championship for the third time in four seasons.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 10, Charlotte Hounds 9
The Chesapeake Bayhawks are the 2013 MLL Champions after defeating the Charlotte Hounds, 10-9, on Sunday, August 25. In a low scoring game, John Grant Jr posted four back-to-back goals, earning him Championship Weekend MVP honors. Charlotte was the first to score, but at 1-0 this was the only time they would lead in the game, as the Bayhawks went up 3-2 in the first quarter. A low scoring second quarter included only two goals from John Grant Jr. Through three quarters Ryan Young was the sole scorer for the Hounds with four goals, it wasn’t until the fourth that Peet Poillon and Mike Sawyer would contribute. With two goals from Drew Westervelt, the Bayhaws were up 10-7 in the final seconds of the game. Charlotte captain Matt Danowski sent a two-pointer sailing past Kip Turner in the last second of the game to bring the final to 10-9. This is the Bayhawks second consecutive championship and fifth in club history, the most in MLL.
Eric Law’s nine goals in the semi-finals are the most single game goals in playoff history. While it was not enough to send the Outlaws to the finals, it was a career high for the rookie, and an MLL record.
In total, 71 goals were scored over the course of Championship Weekend, the Hounds scored the most single game goals with 15 in the first semifinal.
The Bayhawks scored 25 goals between both their games, leading all four playoff teams in goals.
Ryan Young led all players in the playoffs with 10 points, scoring seven points in the first game of the weekend and three in the Championship game.
Kip Turner came out of Championship Weekend boasting a .583 save percentage in his two games, with 28 saves, the highest save percentage of the four goaltenders.
Hamilton’s Brodie Merrill is the only defensive player to score a goal during the 2013 playoffs. Both he and Denver’s defenseman, Brian Megill, grabbed a point during the weekend.
Ryan Young not only led in points, but specifically in assists with four throughout the weekend. Chris Bocklet, Joe Walters, and Casey Powell all contributed three to their respective teams.
With their win this weekend, the Bayhawks now have five club championships, including three in the last four years. They hold the most championship titles in MLL.