In his professional debut, Kevin Cooper put on a show totaling four points on three goals and an assist to help the Chesapeake Bayhawks pull out a 13-12 victory over the Ohio Machine at Selby Stadium.
The rookie attackman is a recent University of Maryland graduate scored goals in three for the four quarters. Cooper netted his final goal during a 4-0 run that gave the Bayhawks a 13-10 lead with 7:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“Kevin has been playing very well in practice and (offensive coordinator) John Lamon had been asking me to give him a shot. We felt this was a good game to get Kevin in there and see what he could do,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “Kevin scored a goal on his first shot, and for a young player that’s a real confidence boost. Kevin is very good in the big-little game and has outstanding vision. We were able to run Kevin out of the box then invert him so he was matched up against a short stick from behind the cage.”
Chesapeake has now won two straights and holds sole possession of third place in Major League Lacrossee.
“We just got done three in a row on the road and went 2-1, which isn’t bad. Now we are home for three of our final four games so hopefully we can finish strong,” Cottle said.