Annapolis, MD - Veteran attackmanBen Rubeor scored a career-high seven goals while goaltender Kip Turneranchored a suffocating defensive effort with 17 saves as the Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the New York Lizards, 9-3, before a big crowd of 11,125 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Rubeor further enhanced his reputation as a dangerous inside finisher, showing tremendous accuracy in scoring his seven goals on nine shots. The former University of Virginia All-American was simply spectacular in scoring every way imaginable. The left-hander fired laser beams into the top corners, scooped a ground ball to net an unsettled goal and beat a defender one-on-one with a great dodging move.
“This is a team that is built to be balanced. Every now and then you find yourself at the end of the play. Tonight, I was at the end of a bunch of different plays and was lucky enough to finish some shots,” Rubeor said.
Rubeor’s last two goals were his most impressive as he somehow got off a shot in traffic on the crease with multiple defenders draped all over him and then scored on a diving sidearm shot. The sixth-year veteran was also pleased to score a goal right-handed, which he doesn’t do too often.
“Thank God Ben Rubeor showed up offensively. Ben is a smart player and he’s become quite an elite player,” Chesapeake head coachDave Cottle said. “Ben scored in transition, he scored off dodges. He showed amazing handle on that one goal. It was a tremendous performance.”
Turner, who was making his season debut, looked sharp in stopping 10 shots in the first half and limiting the Lizards to two goals. Turner, an assistant coach at Brown University, got strong support from his close defense ofMike Evans, Nicky Polanco and Brian Spallina in holding New York to the lowest goal total in Major League Lacrosse history.
“That was a street fight. There were two teams battling out there, a bunch of guys brawling. That wasn’t a lacrosse game, it was a street fight,” Cottle said. “We had a lot of fouls so it was great man-down defense and great goaltending.”
Short stick defensive midfielder Matt Abbott gobbled up five ground balls and dished off two assists for Chesapeake, which improved its record to 2-0. Adam Rand held his own against the league’s best face-off specialist, winning seven of 16 to neutralize Greg Gurenlian.
“It’s good to get out of here with a win at home. You’ve got to get these games early in the year when you don’t have your complete roster,” Cottle said.
MidfielderJustin Smith had a goal and an assist to lead New York (1-1), which was 0-for-9 on the power play. The Lizards tied the MLL record for fewest goals, set last season when Rochester managed just three against Boston.
“Our defense was awesome. We were communicating well and sliding at the right times,” Turner said. “(New York) had a lot of shot clock violations so that helped. It was just a really good effort by the entire defense.”
Long Island was without most of its top offensive players, including attackmen Mark Matthews and Mark Gibsonalong with midfielders Stephen Peyser andMax Seibald.
“We knew it would be tough sliding on offense with the lineup we were rolling out there tonight,” Long Island head coach Joe Spallina said. “On the positive side, we played world class defense against one of the most potent offenses in the league.”
The Bayhawks return home on Saturday, May 11th against the Ohio Machine at 7:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.thebayhawks.comor over the phone by calling the box office 866-99-HAWKS (42957).