Bayhawks fall to Ohio, despite Rice hat trick


Bayhawks fall to Ohio, despite Rice hat trick

Chesapeake (2-1) looked to start the season 3-0, but visiting Ohio (1-2) had other plans as they were in search for their first victory of the season. The visitors played with an intensity that Chesapeake failed to match early on, which played a large role into Ohio pulling out the 12-9 victory in front of a crowd of 4,739 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Ohio jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never looked back. Chesapeake was a beat or two off on the defensive end and paid for it, Ohio's midfielders ran caused most of the trouble. Their midfield is full of former first round picks and they played up to the billing. Tom Schreiber was the one of the main culprits as he paced Ohio with a hat trick heading into the half, giving the visitors an 8-5 lead. 

Despite falling behind early, the Bayhawks didn't hang their heads as they fought to get back into the game. The closest they would get was the first half when they cut the lead to 4-3, Chesapeake would cut it to 11-9 late in the game. They just couldn't get over the hump, it wasn't for a lack of effort as second year player Jack Rice recorded his first career hat trick. All three of his goals were needed in the Bayhawks attempt to rally, but Ohio wouldn't budge as they held the home side scoreless in the fourth and final period. Ohio midfielder Peter Baum delivered the dagger, as his third goal of the evening put Ohio up 12-9.

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Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

As if they needed a reminder, the Wizards saw firsthand on Wednesday night just how much can change in a short period of time in the Eastern Conference playoff race where just two games separate the No. 3 and No. 6 teams.

That No. 6 team is now your Washington Wizards, who began the day in fourth place but lost their first game in four days on the same night both the Cavs and Sixers won theirs. 

The Wizards lost to the Spurs on Wednesday and managed only 90 points, their fewest since Jan. 22. It was a lackluster performance in a game the Wizards needed to treat with urgency. 


The Spurs sure did.

"We've gotta have a better mentality coming into games," guard Bradley Beal said. "The Spurs were fighting for playoff seeding just like we were."

The Wizards have now lost six of their last 10, yet all those games have come against teams currently holding playoff spots. Considering John Wall reamins out with a left knee injury, it's hard to fault them too much when they are staying afloat just fine in the big picture.

The problem is that the closer they get to the end of the season, the more these losses are magnified. They amount to missed opportunities, some bigger than others.

That was not lost on Beal, who considered the alternative. If the Wizards had beaten the Spurs, they would be sitting in fourth, two spots higher, and just a game-and-a-half out of third.

"Every time we have a chance to move up, we take two steps back," Beal lamented.


The Wizards are in a high stakes part of the standings where plenty is in the balance. They are fighting for home court advantage, something they would get in the third or fourth spots. And who they match up with will be paramount.

By falling to sixth, the Wizards are currently in line to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though the Pacers and Sixers are also good teams, they don't have LeBron James. Avoiding him and the Cavs would be ideal for the Wizards.

Beal has even bigger worries than that. He noted after the loss in San Antonio that they could fall even further if they aren't careful. They are now just a game-and-a-half up on the seventh-place Heat. 

"We've gotta realize what's at stake, man. The way we're going, we could keep dropping and mess around and be eighth. We've gotta do whatever it takes to win," he said.

The Wizards should be fine, if the previous two months are any indication. But Wednesday night was another example of how precarious things are for them this season in the tightly-packed Eastern Conference.


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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: How does Brooks Orpik really impact the Caps?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: How does Brooks Orpik really impact the Caps?

No player on the Caps gets more scrutiny than defenseman Brooks Orpik. While the analytics aren't kind when he's on the ice, we got to see what the Caps looked like without him when he was scratched against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday and...well, his loss was noticeable.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir discuss what Orpik's true impact on the Capitals really is both on and off the ice on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast. Plus, they also talk about John Carlson's monster season and Barry Trotz's new strategy for the goalies.

Listen to the latest episode in the player below or here on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.