May 3, 2014

Peyser OT Winner for Bayhawks Foils Lizards Comeback

from staff reports


Kip Turner made 20 saves as Chesapeake beat New York 12-11 in overtime for its first win of the 2014 season.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Stephen Peyser scored 1:31 into overtime to give defending MLL champion Chesapeake a 12-11 victory over New York before 6,423 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Peyser's goal ruined a heroic comeback for New York who outscored the Bayhawks 6-1 in the fourth quarter.

“I’m glad Coach Cottle had the confidence to give me the ball there at the end,” said Peyser, a six-year veteran in his first season with the Bayhawks. “I dodged from up top and we had a bunch of cutters to set picks. I got through to the middle of the field and it was just wide open. I had time and space to really focus on where I wanted to shoot.”

Chesapeake had a seemingly comfortable 10-5 lead heading into the fourth, but New York then ripped off six straight goals. Max Seibald and Matt Striebel each had two goals during the run and Ned Crotty's goal with 1:24 left in regulation gave the Lizards their first lead since the opening quarter. Matt Mackrides had the answer for Chesapeake, scoring with 31 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 11-11 and force overtime.

“We were better today, but we’re still not great. We’ve got a long way to go,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “We lost three overtime games last year so to be able to win our first one this season is a positive. It might be putting lipstick on a pig right now, but a win is a win and we’re happy to be 1-1.”

Mackrides led the Bayhawks with three goals while Peyser and Brendan Mundorf each added two goals. Kip Turner made 20 saves in the victory.

“For the first three quarters, we played Bayhawks’ lacrosse. We slipped up a little in the fourth quarter, but fortunately we got it going again when the game was on the line,” Turner said.

Seibald, Striebel and Rob Pannell all had two goals for the Lizards and Drew Adams made 17 saves. Greg Gurenlian won 19-of-26 faceoffs for New York against a trio of players from the Bayhawks.


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