The Chesapeake Bayhawks had a disastrous third quarter against Boston on Saturday night, watching the visiting Cannons turn a one-goal deficit into a three-goal advantage with smarter play and more desire at both ends.
Things didn't get any better for the Bayhawks in the fourth quarter.
Boston made the third quarter the decisive one, and two quick goals at the start of the fourth left no doubt as the Cannons rolled to a 17-10 win in front of an announced crowd of 8,370 at Navy-Marine CorpsMemorial Stadium.
Returning to their home field for the first time since their season-opening win against Rochester on May 14, Chesapeake couldn't make any ground in the Major League Lacrosse standings, evening its mark at 3-3. The Cannons, who defeated the Bayhawks 17-13 in Boston on June 4, hold onto at least a share of first place with a 5-1 record. Denver took a 4-1 mark into its later home game against Long Island.
"I think we just have to find consistency. We came out and played great in the first half, and the second half, we got to score," said Chesapeake coach Brendan Kelly, whose team was outscored 11-3 in the second half. "If you don't score in this league, you're in trouble. Right now, we're having trouble finding scoring [and] we're having trouble finding our chemistry in the midfield, so we have to have guys that want to step up and play."
Chesapeake, which got 16 saves from goalie Brian Phipps and three goals from Justin Smith, will try to bounce back next Saturday when hosting the Rochester Rattlers.
Kyle Buchanan scored four goals and Paul Rabil added three goals and two assists to lead the Cannons, who scored the last three goals in the finak six minutes of the third quarter and tacked on two in the first two minutes of the fourth.
The Bayhawks never challenged after that, and they left searching for answers.
"I don't know what it is. We can't put together a full 60 minutes this year," defenseman Joe Cinosky said. "The second half has just been really tough for us this year,"
After the goalies dominated a first quarter the ended tied at 1 — Phipps and Boston starter Jordan Burke (14 saves) each notched six saves in the quarter — offense took over in the second quarter, with the Bayhawks taking a 7-6 lead at the half.
With the game tied at 3 midway through the quarter, Ben Hunt scored consecutive goals — including a two-point tally — giving the Bayhawks a 6-3 lead with six minutes left. After the teams exchanged goals, Boston answered with goals from Matt Poskay and Kyle Sweeney in the closing 2:29 to pull within 7-6.
Major League Lacrosse
Boston 1 5 6 5 -- 17
Bayhawks 1 6 2 1 -- 10
1.Bayhawks, Rubeor, (DeNapoli), 11:54; 2. Boston, Buchanan, (Ricci), 1:21.
3. Boston, Ricci, 14:40; 4. Bayhawks, Dixon, 12:18; 5. Bayhawks, J. Smith, (Rubeor), 11:20; 6. Boston, Boyle, (Farrell), 9:13; 7. Bayhawks, Hunt, 2 pt., (Brooks), 7:24; 8. Bayhawks, Hunt, (Rubeor), 6:00; 9. Boston, Rabil, 4:50; 10. Bayhawks, J. Smith, (Glading), 2:43; 11. Boston, Poskay, (Rabil), 2:29; 12. Boston, Sweeney, :33.
13. Bayhawks, Carroll, (Dixon), pp., 12:54; 14. Boston, Ross, 12:07; 15. Boston, Farrell, sh., 10:54; 16. Boston, Poskay, (Sweeney), 8:41; 17. Bayhawks, Rubeor, 6:45; 18. Boston, Ross, (Rabil), 5:57; 19. Boston, Buchanan, 4:28; 20. Boston, Buchanan, (Casey), :38.
21. Boston, Rabil, 13:54; 22. Boston, Ricci, 13:02; 23. Bayhawks, J. Smith, (Carroll), 9:12; 24. Boston, Poskay, (Downig), 7:08; 25. Boston, Buchanan, 3:43; 26. Boston, Rabil, :39
Saves: Boston – Burke 14;
Bayhawks – Phipps 16.
A – 8,370.