By Hannah McCaffrey | 7/6/13 11:40 PM
A very young Ohio Machine team gave the heavily favored Chesapeake Bayhawks an intense back-and-forth match ultimately resulting in a 13-12 Bayhawks victory. Chesapeake earned their sixth win of the season with much of the credit going to Player of the Game Kevin Cooper, who made his MLL debut tonight with a hat trick and one assist.
In the first quarter, Ohio came out of the gate with two goals from midfielder Kiel Matisz and attackman Joe Cummings. Ohio couldn’t keep their lead for long as Chesapeake attackman Ben Rubeor got the ball rolling for the offense, leading the Bayhawks on a four goal scoring streak. However, the Machine refused to let the Bayhawks run away with the game, rookie midfielders Logan Schuss and Chase Carraro scored quick back-to-back goals to end the first quarter in a 4-4 tie.
The second quarter was marked by very physical play as well as several crucial turnovers. Cummings came alive for Ohio during the second quarter, scoring two more goals including a surprise left handed shot. Machine goalie Brian Phipps played especially well between the pipes notching five saves to prevent Chesapeake from scoring on a power play. Phipps played exceptionally well with 17 saves in the entire game. A usually strong Bayhawks defense appeared shaky before the half, but Chesapeake’s offense went on to score four more goals from Drew Westervelt, Matt Mackrides, and Steven Brooks ending the half at 8-8.
Ohio quickly took control to start the second half with former Bayhawk Kyle Hartzell adding another point to the board. It took Chesapeake over eleven minutes before scoring their first goal by Cooper in the second half. With several more quick transition goals while both sides battled for offensive control, the third quarter ended in another tie, this time 10-10.
After three sleepy quarters, the Bayhawks started to come alive in the fourth. With three quick goals from Cooper and midfielder Ben Hunt, the Bayhawks led the Machine 13-10, the three goal margin being the largest either team had seen all evening. The Machine did not go down without a fight, Cummings notched his fourth goal of the night on a power play followed by a shot from Schuss that brought the score to 13-12 with just 45 seconds left to play. However, the formidable and seasoned Bayhawks defense held out strong to ensure a Chesapeake win.
Major League Lacrosse takes a break for the All-Star Game next weekend on July 13 at 7:00PM in Charlotte, N.C. The Bayhawks host the Boston Cannons the following weekend on Thursday, July 18 at 7:30PM. Ohio travels to Hamilton on Saturday, July 20 to face off against the Nationals at 7:30PM.