August 6, 2009

Bayhawks Rally to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

from staff reports

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Pete Poillon scored the final two goals of the game, including one with three seconds remaining, to lift Washington to a dramatic 14-13 victory over Boston on Thursday night, keeping the Bayhawks Major League Lacrosse playoff hopes alive.

The Bayhawks will clinch the final spot for the four-team MLL playoffs if Chicago beats Long Island on Saturday night. The MLL championship weekend takes place from Aug. 22-23 in Annapolis, Md.

Boston held a commanding 11-6 lead entering the fourth quarter and maintained its five-point cushion at 13-8 after a two-pointer by Paul Rabil with 11:26 remaining before Washington staged its comeback. Billy Glading scored 46 seconds after Rabil's goal and then Kyle Dixon unloaded a two-pointer to cut the gap to 13-11 with 8:33 remaining. Dixon added another goal two minutes later to set up Poillon's late game heroics.

Poillon tied the game with 4:39 left to play and then scored the game-winner with just three seconds left.

Chris Garrity made 19 saves for Washington, including six in the fourth quarter to help the Bayhawks late rally. Dixon led the offense with five points as two of his three goals were two-pointers to give him 10 for the season. Poillon added three goals and Andrew Combs added two.

Matt Poskay had a game-high four goals for Boston, while Rabil led the Cannons with five points (3g-1 2pt, 1a). Chris Eck won 16 of 28 face-offs over Washington's Alex Smith in the game while Kip Turner made 11 saves.

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