After a hotly contested opening half, the
took advantage of a 2-point goal by Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) just three minutes into the third quarter to propel them to an 11-7
victory over the host
on Saturday night.
With the win, Chesapeake became the first team to clinch a playoff spot.
The teams went into halftime tied at 4, but Rubeor set the tone for a big second half for the Bayhawks (9-2), who extended their first-place lead to a full game over the
Rubeor's goal came off a turnover by former Bayhawk Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury).
A few minutes later, Chesapeake's Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) extended the Bayhawks' lead to 7-4 with a goal from in tight.
The advantage grew by way of a goal by midfielder Michael Kimmel (Loyola High, Johns Hopkins) and the Bayhawks were in control 8-4 entering the final quarter.
Chesapeake goalie Kip Turner (Severn) held the Machine scoreless in the third quarter en route to finishing with 15 saves.