Attackman Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) fired in four goals, but the Bayhawks lost an early lead and fell to the unbeaten Denver Outlaws, 14-12, at Sports Authority Field on Saturday.
Jeremy Sieverts (Maryland, McDonogh) scored four goals for Denver and Drew Snider (Maryland) added three. The Outlaws (12-0) are two victories away from the first undefeated regular season in Major League Lacrosse history.
Midfielder Michael Kimmel (Johns Hopkins, Loyola High) recorded two goals and an assist for Chesapeake, which seized a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter. Midfielders Ben Hunt (Severna Park) and Casey Powell both had a goal and assist for the Bayhawks (7-5), whose three-game winning streak ended.
"We played a great first quarter, but we had about five empty possessions that forced us to play a lot of defense and resulted in a lot of transition," Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle said. "As a group, we turned the ball over way too much. We gave up way too many unsettled and transition goals. We did a great job of holding their starting attack without a goal, but gave up some goals to short sticks and the faceoff man."
Westervelt recorded his fifth hat trick of the season in the opening 10 minutes, helping the visiting Bayhawks take a 4-1 lead after the first quarter.
"Drew's had a great year, and he had another terrific game today. He shot the ball very well," Cottle said of Westervelt, who leads the team with 33 goals.
Hunt scored off a feed from Powell just 58 seconds into the second period to make it five straight goals for Chesapeake. However, after Denver coach Jim Stagnitta took a timeout, the Outlaws went on a 4-0 run to tie the score at 5.
Bayhawks attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) made a great play by snatching a rebound out of midair and using two stick fakes to beat goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Johns Hopkins, Pikesville) and give the visitors a 6-5 halftime lead. Powell then opened the third period with a great move and shot that put the Bayhawks up by two. It was a back-and-forth frame, with Denver outscoring Chesapeake 6-5 to tie the score at 10 going into the fourth quarter.
Denver then opened the final period with four straight goals to take its largest lead at 14-10. Steven Brooks scored off a nice give-and-go play with fellow midfielder Kimmel, and Matt Abbott netted a spectacular goal by shooting while diving to the crease as Chesapeake cut the deficit to 14-12 with 3:53 remaining. However, a couple of turnovers on the offensive end, along with a penalty on the defensive end that allowed the home team to salt away precious time, prevented the Bayhawks from completing the comeback.
Bayhawks 4 2 4 2 — 12
Denver 1 4 5 4 — 14
Goals: B — Westervelt 4, Abbot 2, Kimmel 2, Brooks, Hunt, Powell, Rubeor; D — Sieverts 4, Snider 3, Mangan 2, Pennington 2, Greer, Kelly, Kimener. Assists: B — Cooper, Grant, Hunt, Powell, Rubeor; D — Kimener, Roy, Snider. Saves: B — Turner 11; D — Schwartzman 14.