CHESTER, Pa. -- An article I wrote for Saturday’s editions detailed how Kip Turner was just one of three goalkeepers since 2005 to record a save percentage of at least 60 percent in the Major League Lacrosse postseason and how he parlayed that performance into propelling the Chesapeake Bayhawks to the championship last season – their fourth Steinfeld Trophy in franchise history.
With a 53.8 save percentage (14 saves on 26 shots) in No. 2 seed Chesapeake’s 13-12 decision against the No. 3 seed Hamilton Nationals in Saturday’s semifinal at PPL Park, Turner is off last year’s pace, but the most significant result is that he and his teammates are one victory away from capturing back-to-back titles.
“Kip’s phenomenal,” said defenseman Michael Evans, a South River and Johns Hopkins graduate. “He’s the wall of our defense. He’s the backbone of our defense, and you saw today that he’s a great leader.”
Added long-stick midfielder Michael Simon, a Fallston and Stevenson product: “Kip played amazing. He had some great saves in the third and fourth quarter and when we did get beat, he was there to bail us out.”
Turner helped the Bayhawks seal the win against Hamilton when he turned aside a blistering shot by midfielder and league Most Valuable Player Kevin Crowley with less than 30 seconds left in regulation. But Turner was critical of his play after the contest.
“I actually didn’t think I was seeing the ball particularly well, especially in the fourth quarter,” the Severn School graduate said. “I was just thinking, ‘I’ve got to fight back.’”
Evans laughed when informed of Turner’s self-diagnosis.
“I don’t believe that,” he said. “If he says so, I guess. But it looked like he was seeing the ball pretty well to me.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun