Midfielder Jordan Hall scored 1:55 into overtime to lead the Hamilton Nationals over the Chesapeake Bayhawks 12-11 on Saturday night. It was Chesapeake’s second-straight overtime.
Hall’s goal finished off an exceptionally close matchup at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium that featured 11 ties.
“(Hall) shot it with a sidearm release off one of our defenders so I didn’t track it real well,” said goalkeeper Kip Turner.
Hamilton relied greatly on attackman Stephen Keogh who recorded a career-high five goals. Joe Wlaters and Cody Jamieson each added a goal and three assists as the Nationals improved to 5-0 on the season, already surpassing last season’s win total. Hamilton remains tied for first place in Major League Lacrosse with Denver.
“This is a good win for us. Any time you can beat the defending champs at home that is a good win,” Hamilton head coach Dave Huntley said.
Attackmen Ben Rubeor, Drew Westervelt, and John Grant Jr. each scored two goals for the Bayhawks and midfielder Matt Mackrides added another three. Chesapeake arguably outplayed the undefeated Nationals as the Bayhawks outshot Hamilton 55-37 and led in ground balls 42-32. Adam Rand also took 16 of 27 face-offs, but the Bayhawks struggled to beat goalie Brett Queener who finished with 14 saves.
“We haven’t made the plays that we needed to make to win these close games,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said.
Mackrides looked ready to turn the Bayhawks’ fortune around in the fourth quarter when he scored consecutive unassisted goals 23 seconds apart to tie it up. Each team was only able to add another goal that quarter leading to overtime.
Hamilton took the opening face-off and the teams traded possessions until Hall netted the game-winner.