Chesapeake Dethrones Denver to Claim Sixth MLL Title

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The Chesapeake Bayhawks prevailed through a huge second half comeback from the Denver Outlaws to finish the game on top, securing the win and capturing the Steinfeld Cup. Rookie Andrew Kew scored the game-winner for Chesapeake in the final minute of the game, putting in an absolute rocket of a shot. 

Steele Stanwick and Lyle Thompson led the way with three points (2G/1A) each. Shane Simpson also had two goals in the win. Brian Phipps made 9 saves off of 18 shots on goal and Kenny Massa went 11-for-22 at the faceoff dot. 

Denver was led by Ryan Lee who scored three goals and John Grant Jr. who tallied three points (2G/1A). Dillon Ward made 11 saves off of 21 shots on goal and Max Adler went 11-for-22 at the faceoff dot. 

Lyle Thompson got Chesapeake going early, forcing his way inside and putting it far side past Dillon Ward. Thompson’s goal was the first of a five-goal Chesapeake run that helped them get out ahead 5-1 heading into the second quarter.

Denver got on the board late in the first with Kyle Marr going right down the middle and firing one past Brian Phipps. Zach Currier scored off a feed from John Grant Jr. to get Denver their second of the game early in the second.

The remained of the second quarter saw a lot of physical back-and-forth play as Denver slowly started to creep back into the game, but Chesapeake still outscored Denver 3-2 in the quarter, taking an 8-3 lead heading into the half.

Ryan Lee and Mikie Schlosser each got one tally for Denver in the third, cutting the Chesapeake lead to 8-5. Denver’s defense stood tall with Dillon Ward finding his rhythm, blanking Chesapeake in the third quarter despite some high-quality looks and opportunities in transition. 

Denver continued to roar back early in the fourth, pushing their second half run out to six consecutive goals. A beautiful outside rip from Ryan Lee gave Denver the 9-8 lead with 7:50 in the game. Chesapeake answered with Steele Stanwick and Andrew Kew scoring two straight in the final minutes to secure the 10-9 win. 

The final possession saw Chesapeake play six on four lacrosse as Denver was assed multiple penalties, including Zach Currier getting tossed for unsportsmanlike conduct. 



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