John Grant Jr. had two goals and five assists in his Chesapeake Bayhawks debut and Michael Kimmel (Johns Hopkins, Loyola High) added six goals and two assists Friday in a 20-7 rout of the host Hamilton Nationals.

Grant, a two-time Major League Lacrosse Most Valuable Player who played three seasons for the Nationals in his native Canada, revived an offense that was held to eight goals last weekend.


He came in with plenty of motivation as he played three seasons with the Nationals before being traded to Long Island. The Lizards subsequently released Grant after one season.

"I dedicated myself in the winter to proving people wrong and I want to continue to do so this summer," said Grant, who set the National Lacrosse League record with 116 points this past indoor season. "I'm healthy, I feel good and I'm excited to do whatever I can to help this team win games."

The Bayhawks improved to 3-1 and pleased coach Dave Cottle with their play.

"That is about as well as we have ever played," Cottle said. "Our guys started fast and finished strong."

Hamilton fell to 0-3.

Long-stick midfielder Bray Malphrus played his final game with the Bayhawks before beginning training next week with the Army.

Nationals long-stick midfielder Brodie Merrill collected eight groundballs to set the MLL all-time record of 540, surpassing former Bayhawks faceoff specialist Paul Cantabene (538).

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