It’s just not Ch­es­peake’s night in loss

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Bill Wag­ner

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay­hawks de­buted a new pregame routine for their home opener on Sat­ur­day night at NavyMarine Corps Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

Fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan with for­mer goalie Kip Turner, an An­napo­lis na­tive and Sev­ern School grad­u­ate, be­ing rec­og­nized as a Bay­hawks legend and be­ing pre­sented with a gift by owner Brendan Kelly.

Turner then cranked up an air raid­style siren to get the home crowd fired up. That was fol­lowed by an im­pres­sively pro­duced highlight video that showed mem­bers of the Bay­hawks stand­ing on the steps of the State House.

As the video pro­gressed from scene to scene, the words “Our state. Our city. Our team. Our year” ap­peared on the screen.

Maybe this will be the Bay­hawks’ year, but Sat­ur­day was cer­tainly not their night.

Goalie Chris Madalon an­chored a suf­fo­cat­ing de­fen­sive ef­fort while at­tack­man Shayne Jack­son led a bal­anced of­fen­sive per­for­mance as the At­lanta Blaze spoiled the home opener by beat­ing Ch­e­sa­peake, 19-10.

Rookie face­off spe­cial­ist Alex Woodall played a big role for At­lanta. The St. Mary’s High and Tow­son Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate cap­tured 18 of 31 face­offs while work­ing against long stick mid­fielder C.J. Costa­bile for most of the game.

Woodall took ad­van­tage of the fact Ch­e­sa­peake face­off spe­cial­ist Kenny Massa was knocked out of the game early in the first quar­ter. Massa won a face­off and fed at­tack­man Colin Hea­cock on the right wing for a sidearm crank shot that made it 2-0 at the 12:37 mark.

How­ever, At­lanta de­fense­man David Man­ning (Loy­ola-Mary­land) stepped up and de­liv­ered a bru­tal body blow to the left shoul­der of Massa just as he was mak­ing the pass. Massa crum­pled to the turf and re­mained there for sev­eral min­utes.

Massa did not re­turn and the Bay­hawks played the rest of the game with­out a face­off spe­cial­ist.

At­tack­man Lyle Thomp­son to­taled four goals and two as­sists to lead Ch­e­sa­peake (2-1), which suf­fered its first loss af­ter win­ning con­sec­u­tive road games to start the sea­son.

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