Bayhawks soar past the Outlaws
For Kip Turner, the comeback season is complete.
After losing his job as the Cannons’ starting goalie last year, Turner returned to Boston for Major League Lacrosse’s Championship Weekend with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, and showed he’s still an elite player.
Turner was solid in net and teammate Alex Smith won 17 of 25 faceoffs, as the Bayhawks claimed the 2012 MLL championship with a 16-6 decision over the Denver Outlaws Sunday afternoon before a Harvard Stadium crowd of 7,384.
With regular-season MVP Brendan Mundorf forced to sit out the majority of the second half with an ankle injury, the Outlaws tied their own record (from 2008) for the fewest points in a postseason game.
Turner, who led the league with a 10.51 goals against average this season, turned away 12 shots, allowing Denver only a single goal in the final 30 minutes of play.
“Alex Smith won every faceoff,” said Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle. “It was make-it-take-it for us for a while. We have some pretty good shooters, so when we get the ball like we did we’re going to make some good plays.
“To give up six goals to a team that was averaging 15 or 16, you’re doing something right. Kip Turner was outstanding. He had a great weekend and we couldn’t be happier.”
Chesapeake attackman Ben Rubeor was named MVP of Championship Weekend. Rubeor, who had six goals in the Bayhawks’ 16-9 win over the Cannons in Saturday’s semis, had two more Sunday.
“It’s an honor,” said Rubeor. “But this isn’t a tribute to me, it’s a tribute to all the guys I played with. I’ve played some bad games this season and the guys on this team didn’t give up on me and coach Cottle didn’t give up on me. That means a lot. I feel blessed to be here. But this was a team win today.
“I try to play hard. I watch the guys around me and, if my defensemen are willing to dish out a hit for me, than I’m willing to take one for them.”
Denver jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Casey Cittadino and Mark Matthews, but Chesapeake came roaring back to take a 10-5 lead into the half.
The third quarter was all Bayhawks.
Midfielder Ben Hunt, who led all scorers with four goals, (including two 2-point markers) netted his second 2-point goal with 8:30 to play in the third, capping a string of five Chesapeake goals.
By the fourth quarter the game was all but over, as the Bayhawks did their best to drain the clock and Turner continued to look strong in net.
“I’m awfully excited,” said Turner.
“To get a championship after getting let go by Boston last year and then picked up by coach Cottle [and Chesapeake], this win was special.”