Ben Rubeor plays attack for the
Rubeor finished with a career-high seven goals as Chesapeake defeated the New York Lizards, 9-3, in front of an announced 11,125 in a
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound attackman from Virginia carried the Bayhawks (2-0) in their first home game after winning the 2012 league title.
"This is a team that's kind of built to be balanced and every once in a while you find yourself at the end of the play on a bunch of different plays," Rubeor said. "I was lucky to get some that fell. I might have gotten a little bit lucky where it bounced off the goalie, but I'll take it."
The seven-point night stretched Rubeor's point streak to 31 games. He ranked second on Chesapeake in both goals and assists last year and also earned Most Valuable Player honors the weekend the Bayhawks won the MLL title.
Rubeor scored six goals in the team's victory in the MLL semifinal last summer, so he's had big games before. But the Bayhawks needed his help because this was a physical game that forced Chesapeake to kill nine penalties.
The Bayhawks took care of all nine of them, played solid defense and got a big night from goalie Kip Turner (17 saves). Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle said that combination proved crucial.
"It was great man-down, it was great goaltending … and thank God Ben Rubeor showed up offensively," Cottle said. "Benny's a smart player, and he's become quite an elite player. He was obviously the player of the game for us."
Rubeor had one goal and one assist in last week's season opening 17-14 victory against Rochester. On this night, though, New York (1-1) couldn't stop him.
He scored three of the team's four goals in the first half, with the last one being the biggest. Rubeor's goal with 1:58 left in the second quarter gave Chesapeake the lead for good at 3-2.
Ben Hunt scored 12 seconds later for a 4-2 halftime lead.
New York cut the lead to 4-3 on Tommy Palasek's goal with 10:55 left in the third quarter, but Rubeor then helped Chesapeake pull away for the game's final five goals.
The Lizards were without several players, which is common in early-season MLL games, but coach Joe Spallina liked his defense's work.