Much had been made coming into this game about New York’s new-look roster, but in the end it was Chesapeake’s veterans who made the difference leading the Bayhawks to a 9-3 win over the Lizards.
Attackman Ben Rubeor scored a career-high seven goals on only nine shots and goaltender Kip Turner made sure that was all the Bayhawks would need. Turner turned away 17 shots to cap off his team’s stifling defensive effort. It was a balanced effort that the Lizards just could not compete with.
Rubeor definitely stole the show with his performance, scoring in just about every way possible, including a diving sidearm shot to net his seventh.
“This is a team that is built to be balanced. Every now and then you find yourself at the end of the play. Tonight, I was at the end of a bunch of different plays and was lucky enough to finish some shots,” Rubeor said.
Head coach Dave Cottle was impressed by Rubeor’s performance.
“Thank God Ben Rubeor showed up offensively. Ben is a smart player and he’s become quite an elite player,” said Cottle. “Ben scored in transition, he scored off dodges. He showed amazing handle on that one goal. It was a tremendous performance.”
Turner looked strong in his season debut, saving 10 shots in the first half to set the tone for the Bayhawks. Defensive midfielder Matt Abbot took five ground balls, Adam Rand won seven of 16 fraceoffs against New York specialist Greg Gurenlian, and the Bayhawks held the Lizards to zero power play goals on nine attempt, all contributing to the Bayhawks incredible defensive performance. New York was held to only three goals, tied for the lowest total in Major League Lacrosse history.
“Our defense was awesome. We were communicating well and sliding at the right times,” Turner said. “(New York) had a lot of shot clock violations so that helped. It was just a really good effort by the entire defense.”
MidfielderJustin Smith had a goal and an assist to lead New York (1-1). Chesapeake, meanwhile, improves to 2-0 on the season.
“It’s good to get out of here with a win at home. You’ve got to get these games early in the year when you don’t have your complete roster,” Cottle said.
The Bayhawks return home on Saturday, May 11th against the Ohio Machine at 7:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.