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Cannons Beat Bayhawks 12-11 in Overtime, take 1st Place in MLL

August 20, 2019 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Boston Cannons News Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD - In one of the most physical games of the season, the Cannons grinded out a 12-11 overtime win over the Bayhawks in Annapolis on Saturday. It was arguably the biggest game of the season, and the Cannons battled for over sixty minutes to earn the win. The Bayhawks opened the scoring at 11:25 of the first off a goal from John Wagner, and the Cannons responded 2:25 later as Kyle Denhoff tallied his fifth goal of the season to tie the game at one. Chesapeake then went up 2-1 thanks to a Colin Heacock goal with 5:51 left in the first quarter. The Cannons tied the game at two when Connor O'Hara scored his 21st goal of the season at 2:03.

Chesapeake opened the second quarter with goals from Lyle Thompson, Brendan Bomberry, and Shane Simpson to take a 5-2 lead. The Cannons pulled within one after a two-pointer from Challen Rogers made it a 5-4 game with 9:17 left in the quarter. Rogers scooped up the ball in the defensive zone, charged into Bayhawks territory, and ripped a hard shot from behind the 2-point arc through Niko Amato.

The Bayhawks regained a two-goal lead less than a minute later after Heacock buried his second of the night with 8:37 to play. Mark Cockerton scored the next two goals for the Cannons to tie the game at six with 2:20 left in the second. Heacock scored his third of thegame at 1:46 of the second to put the Bayhawks up again, but Zed Williams tied the game with 33 seconds left in the quarter. The teams entered the half in a 7-7 tie.

Thompson and Heacock scored the first two goals of the third frame to put Chesapeake up 9-7. The Cannons responded with goals from Williams and O'Hara to make it a 9-9 game after three quarters.

O'Hara scored his third of the game to give the Cannons their first lead of the night with 11:42 left in the fourth. Thompson tied it at 10 with his third of the game at 5:45 to set up an intense final few minutes. Denhoff scored his second of the game on a nifty spin-and-shoot from just inside the arc to put Boston up 11-10 with 2:59 remaining.

After a fight for the ball in the Bayhawks zone, Jesse Bernhardt gained possession with 1:28 left and Chesapeake called a timeout. Following the timeout, the Bayhawks settled in for an offensive zone possession and tied the game. Thompson drew a double team that left Bomberry wide open near the goal, and Bomberry found the back of the net with 56 seconds left to tie the game at 11.

The teams stayed tied in the final 56 seconds to set up overtime, and the Cannons came away victorious. Williams took the ball to the center of the arc, shrugged off a defender, and ripped his third goal of the game through Amato to give Boston the win.

With the win, the Cannons move to 7-4 and tie Chesapeake for first in the MLL. The Cannons return to action next Saturday in a home game against the Dallas Rattlers.

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