It could have been five in a row and would have tied a franchise record win streak for the Ohio Machine, but a game winning overtime goal from Chesapeake Bayhounds attackman Ben Rubeor dashed their hopes and gave Ohio the loss, 12-11.
Rubeor scored in the first 28 seconds of extra time and gave Chesapeake their second win a row, paying back the Machine from an earlier loss this season and put them in a five-way tie for second in the Major League Lacrosse standings at 5-4, which includes Ohio.
Despite being down 8-5 at the end of the first half, Chesapeake rookie attackman Matt Donovan sparked a third quarter barrage that saw the Bayhounds outscore the Machine, 4-1. They then took their first lead of the game five minutes into a tight fourth quarter when attackman Matt Danowski topped off a hat trick with his ninth goal of the season and put Chesapeake on top, 10-9.
After that, neither team would score for more than six minutes until Ohio midfielder Kevin Cooper ripped one into the back of the net off an assist from Steele Stanwick, tying the game at 10-10.
The tie would be short-lived, though, as Chesapeake defenseman C.J. Costabile scored his only goal of the game 11 seconds later, putting the Bayhounds back on top, 11-10.
Machine All-Star and tri-captain Kyle Harrison would knot it up 30 seconds later at the 12:17 mark, 11-11, and would prove to be the final goal of regulation as both teams’ defenses locked down and didn’t allow a goal in the final minutes.
Then came Rubeor’s game-winning goal to ice the win for Chesapeake.
It was his only goal and point scored in the game.
Danowski also had an assist and finished with four points, second to attackman Drew Westervelt whose one goal and four assists led the Bayhounds and all players with five points.
Donovan finished with one assist on top of his only goal for a total of two points.
The Machine’s Marcus Holman slung in two goals to go along with two assists for four points.
The All-Star attackman tied Stanwick for the team lead in points for the game, who had one goal and three assists.
The game did mark the first time back for Machine All-Star midfielder Peter Baum, who had missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury.
He scored the game’s opening goal and would finish with one more, chipping in an assist for a total of three points and tied teammate and fellow All-Star Tom Schreiber who also had two goals and one assist.
The game also marked the first start for backup goalie Scott Rodgers who had 12 saves against 23 shots.
Third string goalie Austin Geisler, who was taken by the Machine in this year’s draft, was pulled off of the in-active collegiate list and saw his first professional action, getting one save and allowing one goal on two shots.
Ohio’s next game is at Rochester on Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m. which will see the first of a back-to-back matchup when they welcome the Rattlers to Selby Stadium on Saturday, July 4 at 4 p.m.