Veteran midfielder Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding) had seven points and tied a
Dixon, a seventh-year professional, increased his MLL career record for 2-pointers to 50. The perennial All-Star also had an assist as Chesapeake began the defense of its MLL championship.
Midfielder Ben Hunt (Severna Park) scored a pair of 2-pointers of his own in totaling six points for the Bayhawks, who won without seven players who are still involved in the
Matt Mackrides, a second-year pro out of Penn State, started on attack and came up big with three goals and four ground balls. Mackrides scored two extra-man goals in the fourth quarter to give the Bayhawks breathing room.
Nicky Polanco anchored a defense that shut out Rochester in the fourth quarter. Polanco caused several turnovers and had three ground balls.
Attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) contributed a goal and an assist, and midfielder Steven Brooks had two assists for Chesapeake, which outshot Rochester 58-36.
The Bayhawks put 38 of those shots on goal and might have won easily had Rattlers keeper Jason LaShomb not made 27 saves.