Save Money in this Sunday's paper

Charlotte 12, Chesapeake 7

comments

Hounds knock off Bayhawks for 1st MLL win of season

By Bill Kiser
Correspondent
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/05/10/23/26/IJPNh.Em.138.jpeg|284
    Streeter Lecka - Getty Images
    The Charlotte Hounds’ John Haus (26) tries to protect the ball from Nicky Polanco of the Chesapeake Bayhawks during Charlotte’s victory Saturday at rain-soaked American Legion Memorial Stadium.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/05/10/23/26/1rBpSC.Em.138.jpeg|206
    Streeter Lecka - Getty Images
    Dean Gibbons, center, of the Hounds celebrates with teammates Saturday after scoring against the defending champion Bayhawks.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/05/10/23/26/Nf2qZ.Em.138.jpeg|205
    Streeter Lecka - Getty Images
    Saturday’s weather – here forcing the Charlotte Hounds off the field just before the game – delayed the start time by two hours.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/05/10/23/26/1bPb2h.Em.138.jpeg|197
    Streeter Lecka - Getty Images
    Head coach Mike Cerino of the Charlotte Hounds watches on before their game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks at American Legion Memorial Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/05/10/23/26/1tHiUt.Em.138.jpeg|211
    Streeter Lecka - Getty Images
    Tim Fallon #11 of the Charlotte Hounds goes over top of Adam Rand #10 of the Chesapeake Bayhawks during their game at American Legion Memorial Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It took three weeks, but the Charlotte Hounds finally put together the kind of performance that got them to last year’s Major League Lacrosse championship game.

That it came against the defending MLL champions was a plus, as the Hounds routed the Chesapeake Bayhawks 12-7 on Saturday for their first win of the season.

Charlotte native Mike Sawyer tied his career high with three goals, and Drew Gibbons added two goals and an assist as Charlotte (1-2) improved to 3-0 all-time against the Bayhawks at Memorial Stadium.

“We're getting more comfortable with each other,” Hounds coach Mike Cerino said. “We had a good effort last week (in a loss to the Florida Launch), but this week we had more sharing of the ball on offense … and some great play by (Pierce) Bassett in the net.”

That came despite a lengthy thunderstorm, which soaked the field at Memorial Stadium and pushed back the start time of Saturday’s game by just over two hours, twice forcing the teams off the field during pre-game warmups.

Yet the start-and-stop didn’t seem to bother Charlotte, which jumped out to a four-goal lead in the first quarter against listless Chesapeake (1-2), and never let them pull closer than three goals the rest of the game.

“We started the game with high energy,” Sawyer said. “In past games, we started off a little flat, but we got the momentum behind us.

“It can mess with your focus waiting that long to start a game, warming up then stopping. We were able to come out and beat the elements, and beat the obstacles in our way.”

The numbers certainly bear that out – the Hounds enjoyed a 28-17 shot on goal advantage against the Bayhawks, as well as led in ground balls recovered (26 to 19) and faceoffs (14 of 21). Bassett, making his second start in place of Adam Ghitelman (out for coaching commitments), also made a season-best 17 saves.

“We didn’t play a team game, and this is what happens,” said former Charlotte midfielder Peet Poillon, who had two goals for Chesapeake along with Ben Rubeor. “We made some dumb penalties, we had some dumb shooting, and we never really ran our offense.”

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
Your 2 Cents
Share your opinion with our Partners
Learn More
CharlotteObserver.com