Thursday night was bittersweet for Chesapeake Bayhawks goalie Tyler Fiorito.
On a personal level, he tallied a career-high 31 saves in a performance that wowed all 7,944 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. But that spectacular effort fell short in overtime as the Boston Cannons beat the Bayhawks 9-8, knocking them out of the playoffs to end their season.
"Tyler Fiorito was absolutely unbelievable. I haven't seen a performance like that in a long time," Chesapeake midfielder Joe Walters said.
As for the Bayhawks' offense, its struggles couldn't have come at a worse time. Ben Rubeor and Matt Abbott led the offense with two goals each, while Matt Donovan added one goal and two assists and Walters chipped in a pair of assists.
"It just wasn't clicking for us tonight. There's nothing else to really say. It just wasn't our day. You can't have an off night when you're trying to win a game by four goals," Walters said of his team's season-low goals scored. "I thought our defensive played outstanding. The defense was great and the offense just didn't get it done."
After Chesapeake's faceoff specialist Eric O'Brien (playing in his debut game for the club) broke his collar bone, Boston took advantage to win 14 of 21 faceoffs.
Fiorito had already established himself as one of Major League Lacrosse's elite goalies. He pushed his game to a whole new level Thursday, topping his personal best by seven full saves. His year ends with an MLL-leading 237 saves. That's 51 more than his closest competition.