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Walters scores four goals for Bayhawks in 18-11 win

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Walters scores four for Bayhawks in 18-11 win

It took Joe Walters (Maryland) a couple of games to get reacclimated to the outdoor game after playing professional indoor lacrosse deep into May. The 10-year Major League Lacrosse veteran has found his comfort level, and that's good news for the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Walters went wild Saturday night, accumulating four goals and four assists to propel Chesapeake to an 18-11 victory over the Florida Launch at Florida Atlantic Stadium in Boca Raton. "Joe is an outstanding offensive lacrosse player who is very unselfish and does a great job passing the ball," Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle said. "I think the ball movement tonight was outstanding. Our players are learning how to play with Joe Walters. They know if they get open, Joe is going to find them." With attackman Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph) sitting out with an injury, Walters took over as the quarterback and did a superb job of initiating as Chesapeake reached a season-high for goals. The crafty left-hander scored on cannon crank shots and used his vision to consistently find open teammates for goals. "I think our offense finally got it going. We just started to bury the ball," Walters said. "We've been getting tons of shot and not finishing them. It was nice to finally see the ball go into the net tonight." Midfielder Matt Mackrides piled up six points on two goals and three assists for the Bayhawks, who won for the second time in three games and improved their record to 3-6. Attackman Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) totaled three goals and an assist for Chesapeake, which outscored the host team 13-6 over the second and third quarters. Attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) contributed two goals and an assist for Chesapeake, which outshot Florida 58-40 and won the ground ball battle 37-29. Midfielder Peet Poillon (UMBC) added a goal and two assists for the Bayhawks, who are in the midst of playing four out of five games on the road. "We feel like we're starting to play better lacrosse. Our effort level has picked up and we are playing extremely hard," Cottle said. "We are playing at our fastest speed of the season and some of our young guys are really starting to assert themselves." Goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito (McDonogh) made his first career start and came through big-time with 14 saves. Fiorito, who was forced into action because of a broken thumb suffered by season-long starter Kip Turner (Severn), stopped nine shots in the second half to thwart any thoughts of a Florida comeback. "I think that game at Denver when Tyler played the second half and only allowed two goals gave him a lot of confidence," Cottle said. "I thought Tyler played very well for three quarters then let up a bit and gave up a couple bad goals. Overall, we are very pleased with his performance in this game." Faceoff specialist Stephen Robarge had his best game since being acquired from Denver earlier this month, winning 18 of 31 draws to repeatedly give the Bayhawks possession. "Stephen had gone against two of the best faceoff guys in the league, so it wasn't fair to judge him just yet," Cottle said. "I thought we would find out tonight whether or not Stephen could be an effective faceoff man in this league. He really stepped up and did a great job." Rookie long-stick midfielder Jason Noble had another terrific game — flying around the field from start to finish, gobbling up eight ground balls and making an impact as a wing on faceoffs as well as in the transition game. "Jason Noble is beginning to establish himself as one of the best long poles in the league. He looks like he's 13 years old, but is a real assassin out there on the field," Cottle said. Chesapeake took a 2-1 lead after one quarter with Walters having a hand in both goals. With the Bayhawks trailing 1-0 early, Poillon found his fellow first-line midfield partner wide-open about 12 yards in front of the net and the lefty sent a sidearm crank shot into the top corner. Walters then made a nice pass to Ben Hunt (Severna Park) for a blistering overhand crank shot to break a 1-1 tie with 1:09 left in the period. Walters added four more points in the second quarter as Chesapeake outscored Florida 6-3. The former Maryland All-American had two goals and an assist to spark a 4-0 run to close the stanza and give the Bayhawks an 8-4 halftime lead. Chesapeake continued to pour it on after intermission, outscoring Florida 7-3 in the third period to take a 15-7 lead going into the final quarter. Westervelt had two goals and an assist while Mackrides contributed a goal and two assists. Legendary midfielder Casey Powell scored two goals and assisted another to fuel a 5-0 run that enabled Florida to cut the deficit to 15-10 with 4:17 remaining in the fourth period. However, Mackrides ended any thoughts of an incredible comeback by lobbing a 2-point goal into an empty net from about 25 yards away. Rubeor then scored unassisted into the empty net to provide the final margin. Chesapeake now travels to Ohio for a 4 p.m. game Friday.

NBA: The Washington Wizards officially told Andre Miller's agent they will retain the veteran backup point guard, who is scheduled to earn $4.6 million next season. Additionally, the Wizards declined to make a qualifying offer to forward Trevor Booker, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, meaning he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The move to bring back Miller had been expected since the season ended, but the Wizards had until today to waive him and buy out his contract for $2 million. Washington now has committed nearly $46 million in salaries to six players under fully guaranteed contracts. — John Wall, Nene, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr., Martell Webster and Miller. Glen Rice Jr. has a partially guaranteed deal but could be waived for a cost of $400,000. The Wizards have prioritized bringing back starters Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza in free agency, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. The salary cap is expected to be set at $63.2 million. The Wizards could bring back Booker for a lower salary than his qualifying offer, but the move gives the team greater financial flexibility to sign other free agents or make trades. Kevin Seraphin, Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, Garrett Temple and Chris Singleton are also free agents this summer.

Michael Lee, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: The Seattle Sounders (11-3-2) used Chad Barrett's goal 39 minutes into the game to get past D.C. United, 1-0, at RFK Stadium in the teams' first game after MLS' World Cup break. The loss dropped United (7-5-4) into a tie for the lead in the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City. D.C. was missing forward Fabian Espindola — out for four to six weeks with a knee injury and an additional another two on suspension. The Sounders (11-3-2) were also missing several key pieces, most notably U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey and outside back DeAndre Yedlin. D.C. will look to regroup before traveling they travel north of the border to take on Toronto FC on Saturday.

NHL: On the second day of the draft, the Washington Capitals selected goaltender Vitek Vanecek (39th overall), left wing Nathan Walker (89th overall), forward Shane Gersich (134th overall), right wing Steven Spinner (159th overall) and right wing Kevin Elgestal (194th overall). The Capitals also acquired goalie Edward Pasquale and the 159th pick (Spinner) from the Winnipeg Jets for the 164th and 192nd pick in the draft and a seventh-round selection in the 2015 draft.

Men's college lacrosse: Division III Wilkes in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., announced plans to revive its program and begin play in the Freedom Conference in spring 2016. The school competed at the varsity level from 1967 to 1981, capturing a Middle Atlantic Conference championship in 1975.

Women's college golf: Former Tennessee standout and Baylor assistant coach Diana Cantu has been named head coach at Maryland.

Junior golf: The Middle Atlantic Junior PGA Championship will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Naval Academy. The boys field will include 2012 champion Bennett Wisner, a Loyola Maryland commit from Hampstead and 2014 MAPGA Spring Fling runner-up Victor Ortega from Manassas, Va. The girls field will include 2013 champion Shannon Brooks from Vienna, Va., and 2014 MAPGA Spring Fling champion Julie Luo of Centreville, Va.


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