May 5, 2012

Boston, Chesapeake, Denver Stay Perfect in MLL


Kyle Dixon tied a MLL record with three two-point goals in Chesapeake's 23-11 win over Ohio, and became the league's all-time leader with 36 career two-pointers.

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Boston 20, Charlotte 12

BOSTON - After missing the Boston Cannons' season-opening win over Rochester last week, attackman Matt Poskay wanted to make up for lost time.

He made sure to do that by scoring five goals, including three in the first half, as the defending MLL champion Cannons (2-0) used a strong effort to post a 20-12 victory over the Charlotte Hounds (0-2) in front of 9,273 fans at Harvard Stadium on Saturday night.

The win allowed the Cannons to win their fifth straight regular season game, dating back to last season. Meanwhile, the Hounds dropped their second straight game.

After the teams traded a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the game, the Cannons scored four of the next five goals to take a 6-3 lead with 7:14 left in the second quarter. Poskay, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, scored twice during the spurt.

The teams exchanged goals before midfielder Josh Amidon scored with nine seconds left to trim the Hounds' deficit to 7-5 at the intermission.

Attackman Jovan Miller opened the second half scoring with an unassisted goal just 41 seconds into the third quarter, but the Cannons answered by scoring six of the next seven goals to take a commanding 13-7 lead with 6:06 left in the period on a goal by midfielder Paul Rabil.

Following a pair of Charlotte goals, the Cannons added three more goals in the final 2:16 of the third quarter to extend their advantage to 16-9.

Midfielder Stephen Berger scored off a feed from attackman Matt Danowski to trim the deficit to 16-10 with 11:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Cannons responded with three straight goals over a 71-second span for a 19-10 cushion.

Attackmen Jeremy Boltus and Billy Bitter scored back-to-back golas just a minute apart for the Hounds, but midfielder Mike Stone ended any hopes of a Charlotte comeback with an unassisted goal with 1:27 remaining.

While Poskay led Boston with his five-goal performance, attackman Ryan Boyle added a goal with five assists. Meanwhile, Stone posted a three-goal effort for the Cannons, who outshot Charlotte by a 56-49 margin.

Miller and midfielder Justin Smith each scored two goals with an assist for the Hounds while Biller added a pair of goals.

Chesapeake 23, Ohio 11

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - For Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Kyle Dixon, one MLL record just wasn't enough.

After becoming Major League Lacrosse's all-time leader with his 34th career two-point goal, the former University of Virginia standout added two more two-point goals to match another MLL record as the Chesapeake Bayhawks (2-0) overcame a 5-4 first quarter deficit to earn their second straight win, a 23-11 victory over the Ohio Machine (0-1) in front of 10,162 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Dixon, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, became the eighth player in MLL history to score three two-point goals in a game. He is the first player to accomplish the feat since Stephen Berger scored three two-point goals last year with the Long Island Lizards.

The Bayhawks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first four minutes on goals from midfielders Ben Hunt and Steven Brooks. After the teams traded goals to give Chesapeake a 3-1 advantage, the Machine answered with three straight goals to take a 4-3 edge with 5:53 left in the first quarter. Midfielder Jim Connolly led the charge ith a goal and an assist.

After the teams traded goals again in the closing minutes of the first quarter, the Bayhawks used a four-point spurt, including two goals from Hunt, to take an 8-5 lead with 12:48 left in the first half.

Brooks and midfielder Matt Casey traded goals before Dixon scored a two-point goal with 9:31 left in the second quarter for an 11-6 cushion. The two-point marker allowed Dixon to break the MLL career two-point goals record, which had been held by former Barrage midfielder Roy Colsey.

A pair of goals, including a two-point marker from Brett Garber, narrowed the Machine's deficit to 11-9 at the intermission.

Led by a goal and an assist from Dixon, the Bayhawks opened the second half with four straight goals to extend their advantage to 15-9 with 5:15 left in the third quarter.

After attackman Chazz Woodson scored an unassisted goal with 3:35 left in the third quarter, the Bayhawks answered with six straight points, including a pair of two-point goals by Dixon, for a commanding 21-10 lead with 5:28 left in regulation.

Connolly tallied his third goal of the game with 4:09 remaining, but the Bayhawks added two more goals in the final two minutes to secure the victory.

While Dixon led the Bayhawks with his career-high 10-point performance, Hunt recorded his second consecutive "hat trick" with four goals, including a two-point marker. Brooks also scored four goals as the Bayhawks outshot Ohio by a 46-36 margin.

Connolly scored three goals to lead the Machine in a losing effort while Garber, Woodson and attackman Jordan Levine each contributed two goals.

The Bayhawks will host Rochester next Saturday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium while the Machine will visit Charlotte next Saturday in a match-up of the MLL's two newest teams.

Notes: Dixon became the 16th player in MLL history to record 10 points in a single game ... In addition, he was just two points shy of the Bayhawks' franchise record that was set by attackman Mark Millon in 2003 when he scored eight goals with four assists in a win over Rochester ... Of the Bayhawks' 19 goals scored on Saturday, 14 of them came from the midfield ... The Bayhawks were one two-point goal shy of matching the MLL single-game record.

Denver 15, Hamilton 6

DENVER - Led by five goals and an assist from midfielder Josh Sims, the Denver Outlaws (2-0) used a strong team effort to win their second straight game, a 15-6 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Hamilton Nationals (0-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night.

Sims, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, scored all five of his goals during an 11-0 Denver run that spanned over 32 minutes.

Led by a goal and an assist from attackman Terry Kimener, the Outlaws sprinted out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first 8:18 of the game. But, the Nationals closed the margin to 3-2 on back-to-back goals from attackman Jeff Zywicki and midfielder Tom Compitello.

With 2:01 remaining in the first quarter, Sims scored a shorthanded goal to ignite an 11-point run for the Outlaws. The run, which lasted through the end of the third quarter, extended the Denver advantage to 14-2.

Just 31 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Nationals ended Denver's run when midfielder Brett Bucktooth scored off an assist from Rhys Duch to start a three-goal spurt that narrowed the margin to 13-5. Compitello and midfielder Dan Deckelbaum also scored during the run.

However, the Outlaws sealed the victory when Joe Yevoli scored an unassisted goal with 2:32 left in regulation.

While Sims led the Outlaws with his five-goal performance, attackman Jeremy Sieverts added his second straight "hat trick" with three goals, including a two-point marker. Goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman made 12 saves and allowed just five goals in 58 minutes.

Compitello and Deckelbaum each scored twice to lead Hamilton in a losing effort while Zywicki contributed a goal with two assists.

The Outlaws outshot Hamilton by a 47-36 margin.

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