Bayhawks to activate faceoff specialist Smith for regular-season finale

Major League LacrosseChesapeake Bayhawks

Looking to secure the top seed in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs, the Chesapeake Bayhawks will activate faceoff specialist Alex Smith (Boys’ Latin) for Saturday’s regular-season finale against the visiting Denver Outlaws.

Smith, who ranks fifth in MLL history with 861 career faceoff wins, has not played in a game this season while recuperating from offseason shoulder surgery. He has been practicing with the team the past few weeks and last Friday performed very well against season-long starter Adam Rand.

“We have to get Alex into a game and find out whether or not he can be a factor in the playoffs,” Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle said.

The winner of Saturday’s game, which begins at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, will earn the top seed in the playoffs. The reward for earning the No. 1 seed is playing in the first semifinal at noon as opposed to the second semifinal at 4 p.m.

The Bayhawks and Outlaws are tied atop the MLL standings with 10-3 records and are the only teams to have clinched berths in Championship Weekend, which will be held Aug. 25-26 at Harvard Stadium in Boston. Chesapeake defeated the Outlaws, 18-16, on June 2 at Sports Authority Field in Denver.

The Outlaws have won five straight and seven of the past eight, while the Bayhawks have captured three of their past four games.

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