It wasn't pretty, but the Bayhawks pulled off an important road win over the Machine. Chesapeake beat Ohio 12-11 in overtime.
As fans have come to expect, keeper Tyler Fiorito was phenomenal in goal. His 23 saves were a big reason the Bayhawks kept things so close in regulation time at Selby Stadium.
"We really battled and grinded this one out. It wasn't easy and we had some things go against us, but we just kept on fighting," coach Dave Cottle said. "I thought Tyler Fiorito was absolutely outstanding. Tyler has been very consistent and very good for us all year. It was another amazing performance by Tyler, but it's what we have come to expect from him this season."
In the first half, Ohio's attack dominated faceoffs 11-4 and ground balls 17-11. Chesapeake rallied in the second, tying the score at 11-11 to force extra time.
The Bayhawks didn't waste any time as attackman Ben Rubeor scored the game-winner just 23 seconds into overtime.
Smart playmaking set up the goal. After midfielder Matt Abbott drew a pushing penalty on the opening faceoff to give Chesapeake possession, Cottle called timeout. He drew up a play that gave the ball to attackman Matt Danowski. Defenders swarmed Danowski as he charged toward the goal, forcing him to dump the ball off for attackman Drew Westervelt.
Westervelt could have taken a 15-yard shot on goal, but made the smart decision to pass to Rubeor near the crease. Rubeor then stick-faked Machine goalie Scott Rodgers, creating an easy window to flick the ball in for a score.
"Matty made the smart play by dropping it off to Drew, who then made a very unselfish play by finding Ben for the high-percentage shot," Cottle said.
The Bayhawks improved to 5-3 with the win. They're now tied with three other clubs for third place in Major League Lacrosse.