The Chesapeake Bayhawks edged out the Hamilton Nationals, 13-12, for a shot to win their second straight Major League Lacrosse championship.
After the league’s top, undefeated team in the Denver Outlaws went down in shocking fashion to the Charlotte Hounds, the Bayhawks find themselves as a surprise favorite in the championship game on Sunday.
Being down 11-8 entering into the fourth quarter, Chesapeake weathered a four-goal storm by Hamilton at the end of the third quarter. All the goals came within the final four minutes of the period.
The Bayhawks bounced back up from the mat, scoring two goals in the first 3:12 of the fourth quarter and ended the game on a 3-0 goal run. Two of those final goals were scored by Michael Kimmel, who opened up scoring in the game with an unassisted 2-point shot back in the first quarter.
The second semifinal game of Championship Weekend was played much more tightly than the first, but the differences were Hamilton’s inability to take advantage of all six power plays, scoring on just three of them. The Nationals also head nine more shots off goal than the Bayhawks.
Sunday’s championship game will be at 3:00 PM Eastern time at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game will be televised on ESPN2.