June 4, 2009

Walters Scores Five; Nationals Down Bayhawks

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Toronto Nationals have regained their momentum as a thrilling back and forth battle with the Washington Bayhawks ended in a 17-15 victory. Despite a two-goal run by the Bayhawks in the final quarter that tied things up at 15 with just over four minutes to play, the Toronto Nationals came back yet again with a goal by Jordan Levine (2G) before the Bud Light MVP Joe Walters sealed the deal for the Nationals scoring his fifth goal of the night.

With the win, the Toronto Nationals advance to 3-1 while the Bayhawks fall to 1-3 on the season.

The Washington Bayhawks opened things up big tonight in their rematch against the Toronto Nationals. On a man-up opportunity with just over one minute into play, Kevin Huntley found attackman Kyle Dixon(4G, 1-2pt goal) up top for a top corner goal and the first goal of the night. Following Dixon's powerplay mark, the Bayhawks struck again at 3:46 with a goal by Scott Urick (2G) off another impressive play from Dixon for the assist.

But, that wouldn't be enough for the Bayhawks who encounted the powerhouse that is the Toronto attack. After trailing 2-0, the Toronto Nationals fired in three unanswered goals, two of which came from Merrick Thomson (3G), his second ending in a dramatic dive goal. The other notch for Toronto came from Walters less than five minutes after Thomson's first tally. After another notch by Washington, the Nationals answered with two more goals by Walters and Jordan Hall (2G, 3A) respectively, outscoring the Bayhawks 5-3 in the first.

The uneven scoring in the first quarter would prove to be the game's deciding factor as each remaining quarter turned out to be an even matchup with four goals apiece from each team during every period.

In the second quarter, rookie Danny Glading (1G) from UVA got on the board to try and turn the tides for the Bayhawks after a four-goal scoring run by Toronto. Glading came around the net just like we saw him do in college for a wrap around sniper goal that went right by goalie Rob Scherr. Following Glading's first career mark, Jed Prossner (3G) continued to rebound with another unassisted mark just 20 seconds later. And the scoring wouldn't end there as Kevin Buchanan got on the board after an assist by Spencer Ford to close the gap 7-6.

A slow start to the third quarter would change abruptly when a 10-7 Toronto advantage would dwindle with four unanswered goals from the Bawhawk attack. Both Urick and Dixon struck again, Dixon with two, as Kevin Huntley got on the board for his first goal of the night. An 11-10 advantage for the Bayhawks would not be enough to hold off the Nationals who answered back with three.

Despite the loss, newcomers to the Washington Bayhawks, Matt Abbott and PT Ricci made their debut alongside Danny Glading, each offering solid performances on the field. Abbott, from Syracuse, was given the duty of holding off Joe Walters in his opening game, which is no easy task. Abbott picked up three ground balls on the night while Ricci managed to pick up two of his own.

To view the box score, click here.

The Bayhawks will get their final chance at revenge next week against the Toronto Nationals when the two meet again Saturday, June 13 in Toronto at BMO Field for a 7:00 PM ET start.    

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