The 2018 Major League Lacrosse season has begun, and not the way that the Chesapeake Bayhawks had hoped for.
Thirty seconds into the game, the Bayhawks got on the board with a left-side goal from Matt Danowski. Being first on the board is not always good news, as the Rattlers immediately retaliated. By the end of the first quarter, the Rattlers were up, 4-3. The Bayhawks would never regain the lead.
To start the second quarter, the Rattlers were on a 4-0 run to make the score 6-3, but then mid-fielder Myles Jones broke it up with a cross-field goal.
At the half, Rattlers led 8-5.
The second half started just as abruptly as the first, with an unassisted goal by former University of Maryland Terrapin Colin Heacock. Next, the Rattlers were playing man-down, and the Bayhawks could not capitalize on the opportunity. Bayhawks goalie Brian Phipps (another former Terrapin) allowed the Rattlers to score three goals by the time the third quarter ended; 11-6 Rattlers.
Deja vu? Fourth quarter opened up with an unassisted goal from Danowski! With 5:57 to play, Steel Stanwick scores on a power play; 13-9 Rattlers. The Rattlers scored twice more by the end of the game, to make the final score 15-9, Rattlers.
The Bayhawks are out of town until June 2nd, when they will host the Ohio Machine, at 7pm, at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.