(Photo Courtesy of Major League Lacrosse)
The Connecticut Hammerheads pulled off the upset win, taking down the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 14-9, to secure their third consecutive win and punch their ticket to the MLL Playoffs. The Hammerheads win knocks Philadelphia out of playoff contention and sets the field. Connecticut and Chesapeake will meet again on Saturday in the semifinals.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, Chesapeake held a 4-3 lead and seemed to have a majority of the energy on their side, ending the quarter with two consecutive goals from Lyle Thompson and CJ Costabile. Colin Heacock and Mike Panepinto stretched the Bayhawks’ run to four goals early in the second, putting them up 6-3. But just when it looked like Chesapeake was going to run away with things, Connecticut struck back.
The Hammerheads outscored the Bayhawks 11-3 from the 6:38 mark in the second through the final buzzer. Ben Martin went off in the win for Connecticut, netting five goals on five shots to lead the way in the victory. Bubba Voigt also tallied five points (4G/1A) and Justin Schewnk, who was making his MLL debut, went 16-for-25 (64%) at the faceoff dot.
Lyle Thompson, Ryan Keenan, and Andrew Kew each tallied 2 points (1G/1A) for the Bayhawks.
Boston Cannons 10, Denver Outlaws 8
Denver was handed their first loss of the week on Friday night, getting beat by Boston, 10-8, in the regular season finale. These two squads will face each other on Saturday in the MLL semifinals.
In a slower first quarter of play, Boston was able to get up 3-1 and never looked back, leading the rest of the way. Coming out of half with a 6-3 lead, following transition goal in the final seconds of the first half, Boston was able to get hot in the third quarter. Three consecutive goals from Kyle Jackson, Frank Brown, and John Uppgren stretched out the Boston lead to 9-4 heading into the fourth quarter.
Denver’s offense really woke up in the final quarter of play, outscoring Boston 4-1. However, they could not complete the comeback as the Boston defense stood tall through the final few minutes of the contest, limiting Denver’s quality looks.
Bryce Wasserman led Boston with four points (3G/1A), while Frank Brown also recorded a hat trick in the win. Dom Madonna made 16 saves in cage to anchor the Boston defense.
Jack Jasinski led Denver with three points (2G/1A).
Saturday, July 25th
4pm: #1 Denver vs #4 Boston (semifinal 1)
7pm: #2 Chesapeake vs #3 Connecticut (Semifinal 2)
Sunday, July 26th
2pm: Championship Game