Attackman Drew Westervelt scored a career-high eight goals to lead an impressive offensive showing as the Chesapeake Bayhawks blew out the New York Lizards, 21-8, in the first Major League Lacrosse game at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island, N.Y.
Westervelt, a seventh-year veteran out of UMBC and John Carroll, stuck corners on off-ball shots and also dodged for unassisted tallies, collecting his eight goals on 12 shots.
Attackman John Grant Jr. scored four times for Chesapeake (4-2), which ended a two-game losing streak. Grant scored twice in spectacular style with a quick-flip, over-the-shoulder goal and a low, underhand shot after faking a behind-the-back pass.
Midfielder Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding) had a 2-point goal and four assists for the Bayhawks, who have now won four straight meetings with the Lizards. Attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) contributed five points on two goals and three assists, extending his point scoring streak to 35 games.
Goalkeeper Kip Turner (Severn) made 15 saves to anchor a suffocating defensive effort for Chesapeake, which limited New York to two goals over the second and third quarters. Barney Ehrmann gobbled up six ground balls while fellow long-stick defensive midfielder Jesse Bernhardt scooped five grounders as the Bayhawks finished with a 36-26 advantage in that category. Bernhardt, the team’s 2013 first-round draft choice out of Maryland, was making his Bayhawks debut.
Veteran attackman Tim Goettelmann (Loyola College) played his first game for Chesapeake after coming out of retirement and looked sharp with two goals. Goettelmann, who spent 11 seasons with the Lizards and had not played since 2011, increased his MLL record for career goals to 270. He joined the Bayhawks this week after being selected from the player pool by coach Dave Cottle.
Midfielders Michael Kimmel (Johns Hopkins) and Matt Mackrides had a goal and an assist each, and midfielder Ben Hunt (Severna Park) dished off two assists for the Bayhawks, who posted their highest goal total since beating the Ohio Machine, 23-11, on May 5, 2012.
Dixon and Kimmel both blasted 2-point shots past goalie Drew Adams (15 saves) as Chesapeake outscored New York 7-1 in the second quarter to take a commanding 11-4 halftime lead. Westervelt got three of his goals in the third quarter as the Bayhawks outscored the host team 6-1 to turn the game into a 17-5 rout.
Midfielder Stephen Peyser (Johns Hopkins) had a goal for the Lizards.