By rallying from a five-goal deficit in the third quarter to overcome the Charlotte Hounds, 16-14, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Saturday night, the Chesapeake Bayhawks (9-5) earned the No. 2 seed in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs and will face No. 3 seed Hamilton Nationals (9-5) Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Perhaps more importantly, Chesapeake avoided a semifinal meeting with the top-seeded Denver Outlaws, who became the first team in league history to complete an undefeated regular season at 14-0. Denver will meet Charlotte (7-7) at 1 p.m.
But Bayhawks attackman Ben Rubeor dismissed the notion that the team did itself a favor by bypassing a semifinal date with the Outlaws.
“I don’t think there’s any significance to that,” the Baltimore native and Loyola Blakefield graduate said. “I think Denver is playing some great lacrosse, but it’s two days, 48 hours. It’s who can play the best lacrosse. I think you’re going to have to go through Denver to get that championship, but we’ll see how it all plays out.”
Rubeor's thought were affirmed by his coach.
“If we’re any good, we’re going to have to beat Denver anyway,” Dave Cottle said. “What’s more important is getting a win. I think we’ve won five of six, and this was a good game for us because this team is built every similar to the teams we’re going to have to play in the playoffs. So to be able to come back in the fourth quarter and get this win is good for our team.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun