Attackman Matt Danowski and midfielder Peet Poillon totaled four points apiece to lead a balanced offense while goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito recorded a career-high 22 saves as the Chesapeake Bayhawks earned their second road win, 14-10 over the host Charlotte Hounds in Major League Lacrosse on Sunday.
Danowski showed his abilities as both a playmaker and finisher in scoring two goals and dishing off two assists. Poillon did most of his damage off decisive dodges in also totaling two goals and two assists as Chesapeake (3-1) remained in sole possession of second place of MLL heading into next Saturday's showdown with unbeaten New York (5-0).
Fiorito, a fourth-year professional out of Princeton University, surpassed his previous career-high of 18 saves, accomplished during the season opener against Florida.
Midfielder Matt Mackrides had a hat trick to run his season scoring total to a team-high 14 points. Attackman Jack Rice, midfielder Ben Hunt and short stick defender Jeff Reynolds all added two goals for the Bayhawks, who won despite being outshot (45-36) and beaten on both ground balls (34-20) and faceoffs (19-8).
The close defense of Michael Evans (South River), Chris Hipps and Jesse Bernhardt held a dangerous Charlotte offense to just six goals. The Hounds got two transition goals from defensemen.
Chesapeake and Charlotte came into the contest having split six previous meetings with neither club winning on the other's home turf. That trend came to a halt as the Bayhawks earned their first victory in the Queen City.
"We definitely knew the history. We've been coming here for three years and haven't been able to get a win," Mackrides said. "We really wanted this one today and it's a huge confidence boost. There's a big difference between 3-1 and 2-2. This is great for team camaraderie and gives us momentum going up to New York."