Westervelt Scores Eight; Hawks Rout Lizards
from press release
RANDALLS ISLAND, N.Y. – Attackman Drew Westervelt unleashed a career-high eight goals to lead an impressive offensive showing as the Chesapeake Bayhawks blew out the New York Lizards, 21-8, in the first Major League Lacrosse game held at ICAHN Stadium on Randalls Island.
Westervelt, a seventh-year professional out of UMBC, was absolutely on fire in scoring his eight goals on 12 shots. Westervelt did it all, sticking corners on off-ball shots and also dodging for unassisted goals.
Attackman John Grant Jr. scored four goals for Chesapeake (4-2), which snapped a two-game losing streak. Grant scored twice in spectacular style with a quick-flip, over-the-shoulder goal and an underhanded worm burner after faking a behind-the-back pass.
Midfielder Kyle Dixon totaled six points on a 2-point goal and four assists for the Bayhawks, who have now won four straight meetings with the Lizards. Attackman Ben Rubeor contributed five points on two goals and three assists – extending his consecutive scoring streak to 35 games.
Goalkeeper Kip Turner registered 15 saves to anchor a suffocating defensive effort for Chesapeake, which limited
New York to two goals over the second and third quarters. Barney Ehrmann gobbled up six ground balls while fellow long stick defensive midfielder Jesse Bernhardt scooped five grounders as the Bayhawks finished with a 36-26 advantage in that category. Bernhardt, the team's first-round draft choice out of the University of Maryland, was making his Bayhawks' debut.
Veteran attackman Tim Goettelmann played his first game for Chesapeake and looked sharp with two goals. Goettelmann, who spent 11 seasons with the Lizards and had not played since 2011, increased his MLL records for career goals to 270. The MLL legend came out of retirement to join the Bayhawks this week after being selected from the Player Pool by head coach Dave Cottle.
Midfielders Michael Kimmel and Matt Mackrides both had a goal and an assist in the overpowering performance. Midfielder Ben Hunt dished off two assists for the Bayhawks, who posted their highest goal total since whipping the Ohio Machine, 23-11, on May 5th, 2012.
Dixon and Kimmel both blasted 2-point shots past goalie Drew Adams (15 saves) as Chesapeake outscored New York, 7-1, in the second quarter to take a commanding 11-4 halftime lead. Westervelt scored three of his goals in the third quarter as the Bayhawks outscored the host team 6-1 to turn the game into a total rout at 17-5.