(Update 6:12 p.m.) Final: Boston 10, Chesapeake 16 Chesapeake's Kip Turner and Ben Rubeor stole the show from the home town Cannons this Championship Weekend. Turner stopped all but two of Boston's 15 shots in the second half, while Rubeor almost couldn't miss, scoring a game-high six goals on eight shots.
There you have it. Chesapeake will take on Denver for the MLL championship at Harvard Stadium tomorrow at 3 p.m. Check back on Sunday for championship game updates.
(Update 5:59 p.m.) 4:35 left in the 4th quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 16 Goals by Kimmel and Rubeor have this game about out of reach for the Cannons.
(Update 5:47 p.m.) 11:04 left in the 4th quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 14 The questionable call hurts, as Drew Westervelt's first of the game puts the Bayhawks on top by five.
Kip Turner looks focused and determined. He's now stopped 10 of the last 11 shots he's faced.
(Update 5:44 p.m.) 13:04 left in the 4th quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 13 Rubeor's just putting on a show for the Bayhawks right now. He's scored the game's last four goals. A questionable illegal body check call on Ortolani has Boston in a tough spot.
(Update 5:40 p.m.) End of the 3rd quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 12 With 50 seconds to play in the third Kip Turner made a nice sliding stop to his right on a two-point shot by Rabil that would have tied the game at 11. The Bayhawks quickly transitioned and found Rubeor, who netted his third straight to put Chesapeake up three with 15 minutes to play.
Ortolani may be finding a rhythm, taking three of five face-offs in the third.
(Update 5:31 p.m.) 3:25 left in 3rd quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 11 Burke proves to be human, allowing back-to-back goals to Chesapeake's Ben Rubeor, who now has three tallies this afternoon. Boston hasn't scored in nearly five minutes, it's longest drought of the game.
(Update 5:21 p.m.) 8:50 left in 3rd quarter: Boston 9, Chesapeake 9 Mike Stone's third goal of the game (he also has two assists) knotted the game at nine. Jordan Burke looks to be locked in. The Cannons' net minder has stopped all four shots he's seen this quarter.
(Update 5:05 p.m.) Halftime: Boston 8, Chesapeake 9 After Kyle Sweeney brought Boston to within one goal, Chesapeake's Brian Spallina flattened Ryan Boyle in retaliation for Rabil's hit. He was charged with an illegal body check as well, but Boston couldn't find the back of the net before time ran out in the half. The Cannons will be a man up for the first 16 seconds of the third quarter.
Jordan Burke has stopped 11 of Chesapeake's 18 shots, while Kip Turner has only stopped four of Boston's 12 shots on goal.
Ortolani had a tough first half for Boston, winning just 4-of-17 face-offs, which led to the Cannons being outshot 18-12.
(Update 4:50 p.m.) 3:10 left in the 2nd quarter: Boston 7, Chesapeake 9 There's no love lost between these two teams and Paul Rabil just reminded everyone of that with an illegal body check that leveled one of the Bayhawks.
However, the move may have backfired, as Chesapeake's Kyle Dixon has responded with back-to-back two-point goals to put the Bayhawks on top.
(Update 4:50 p.m.) 7:07 left in the 2nd quarter: Boston 7, Chesapeake 5 The Bayhawks ran off two straight goals, followed immediately by two straight from Boston. A nice pass from Grant Jr. led to Michael Kimmel's first of the game for Chesapeake, who now trails by just two.
(Update 4:36 p.m.) End of the 1st quarter: Boston 5, Chesapeake 2 Stone added his second goal of the game to put Boston up, 5-1, but Chesapeake's Kyle Dixon scored the most impressive goal of the first quarter on the Bayhawk's next possession. Dixon unleashed a vicious shot that Boston goal keeper, Jordan Burke, deflected straight up. Dixon leaped into the air and in one motion caught and fired a shot over Burke. Impressive stuff.
Ortolani is having a tough time in the X for the Cannons. He's just 1-for-8 in face-offs against Chesapeake's Alex Smith
(Update 4:25 p.m.) 5:09 to play in the 1st quarter: Boston 4, Chesapeake 1 Pat Heim put the Cannons up, 3-1, with a goal. Boston then killed off a Buchanan holding penalty. Matt Poskay rewarded the defense for their effort with his first strike of the game on the ensuing Cannon's possession to give Boston an early three-goal edge.
(Update 4:15 p.m.) 10:05 to play in the 1st quarter: Boston 2, Chesapeake 1 No lack of offense early in this one. Kevin Buchanan (assisted by Mike Stone) got the scoring started for the Cannons, ripping a shot past Kip Turner 1:53 into the game.
John Grant Jr. tied things at one on the Bayhawks ensuing possession with a nice drive to the net. The Cannons countered with a goal from Mike Stone to go up one.
(Update 4:05 p.m.) Boston and Chesapeake, clashing for the third consecutive season in the MLL semifinals, are now underway...
(Update 3:15 p.m.) Boston and Chesapeake are warming up right now. It'll be interesting to see how Kip Turner fairs against his former team. With Chris Eck out for the Cannons today with a knee injury, Billerica's own John Ortolani will be called on to take face-offs for Boston. How he handles the pressure (in just his second game this season) will have a lot to do with whether the Cannons live to play another day.
Game 2 starts at 4:00 p.m.
(Update 3:10 p.m.) Final, Long Island 12, Denver 13: What looked like a blowout for Long Island early on turned into a thrilling 13-12 win for Denver, who had to score the game's final 10 goals to advance to the MLL finals tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
Denver's Chris Bocklet was named the player of the game, after scoring a game-high six goals. Denver net minder, Jesse Schwartzman didn't allow a goal in the final 26 minutes of play. In all, he stopped nine of 19 Long Island shots on goal.
Long Island's Drew Adams stopped 14 of 27 shots on net.
(Update 3:06 p.m.) 0:30 to play in the 4th quarter, Long Island 12, Denver 13: Denver has possession with half a minute remaining. Long Island's going to need to snap a 26 minute scoring drought if it wants to send this one into overtime.
(Update 2:52 p.m.) 6:15 to play in the 4th quarter, Long Island 12, Denver 13: Make that 10 unanswered goals for the Outlaws, who now have their first lead of the day thanks to Sievert's second goal of the game with 6:14 to play.
(Update 2:44 p.m.) 11:20 to play in the 4th quarter, Long Island 12, Denver 12: The Outlaws have tied things up at 12 with nine unanswered goals. Long Island looks to be in some serious trouble.
Peet Poillon, who now has three goals in the game, netted the equalized for Denver.
The Outlaws outshot the Lizards 10-5 in the third quarter and have a 4-0 edge thus far in the fourth.
(Update 2:35 p.m.) End of the 3rd quarter, Long Island 12, Denver 9: The Outlaws are making a run and have cut the Long Island lead to just three with 15 minutes still to play.
After posting just one goal in each of the first two quarters, Denver exploded for seven in the third quarter, including the period's final six goals.
Denver's Bocklet now leads all scorers with four goals on five shots, including two strikes in the final 1:29 of the frame.
(Update 2:28 p.m.) 3:12 to play in the 3rd, Long Island 12, Denver 5: Adams is starting to look human in net for the Lizards. Denver, led by Chris Bocklet, has scored three times so far this quarter. However, there's been no slowing down the Long Island attack. Seibald and Peyser each have three points (two goals and an assist), while Kevin Unterstein now has two goals as well.
(Update 1:54 p.m.) Halftime, Long Island 8, Denver 2: Jeremy Sieverts snapped a 15 minute scoreless drought for the Outlaws with a nice shot to beat Drew Adams. But exactly a minute later, Long Island's Max Seibald (two points so far) added an unassisted goal.
Denver's Jesse Schwartzman has had a rough go of it so far. He's allowed seven goals on 14 shots. Charlie Cipriano also allowed a goal after Schwartzman was called for a slashing penalty.
Long Island's Drew Adams, who was named the 2012 MLL Goalie of the Year, has looked worthy of the honor, stopping seven of the nine shots he's faced.
If the Outlaws can't come back they'll become just the second top-seeded team in the past 12 years to not advance past the semifinals, joining the 2010 Boston Cannons.
(Update 1:46 p.m.) 5:30 to play in the 2nd, Long Island 7, Denver 1: The Outlaws look lost and disorganized without their leader. The Lizards have continued to pour it on and now have a six-goal edge.
Peyser (four shots on goal so far) leads all scorers with two goals for the Lizards.
(Update 1:30 p.m.) End of the first, Long Island 3, Denver 1: Long Island took full advantage of 2012 MLL MVP Brendan Mundorf's absence. The Lizards dominated possession and jumped out to a two-goal lead after the first quarter of play.
Long Island scored the first two goals of the game. Ryan Young struck at the 5:07 mark, set up nicely by Max Seibald. 61 seconds later Stephen Peyser put the Lizards up 2-0.
Denver took until the 10:20 mark to find the back of the net. Mark Matthews assisted a Chris Bocklet goal. Long Island responded with a goal from 2012 Rookie of the Year, Matt Gibson, with just over two minutes to play in the quarter.
The Lizards outshot the Outlaws 6-5 in the first frame.
(Update 1:05 p.m.) Denver and Long Island are underway...
(Update 12:35 p.m.) Injury updates: Denver's Brendan Mundorf exited practice early on Saturday afternoon after being struck below the left ankle with a stick during a six-on-six drill.
Lax Magazine's Corey McLaughlin is reporting that after trying to give it a go in warmups, the 2012 MLL MVP will not play in today's game against Long Island.
Mundorf finished the regular season with 59 points (32 goals, 27 assists).
The Cannons' Chris Eck, who finished the 2012 season with a team-record 223 face-off wins, will also be out today with a knee injury. Billerica's John Ortolani will take Eck's place in the X for the second game in a row.
Ortolani, who also happens to be a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, went 22-36 (.611) from the X in the Cannons win over Ohio last week.
(Update 11:55 a.m.) Major League Lacrosse's Championship Weekend has finally arrived. Check here for updates from Harvard Stadium throughout the day, as the Cannons try to become the second team in MLL history to win the league championship on their home field.
Kip Turner's return to Boston should be one of the more compelling story lines this weekend. Click here for the story on Turner that ran in today's Boston Globe.
Denver (11-3) takes on Long Island (8-6) at 1 p.m. and Boston (9-5) plays Chesapeake (10-4) at 4 p.m.
The winners will play for the MLL championship tomorrow at Harvard Stadium at 3 p.m.
Here's a few notes from the media guide...
All four coaches participating in Championship Weekend are in their first years at the helm...The Denver Outlaws have set a MLL record by earning a postseason birth for the seventh consecutive year...The Cannons had the previous record, reaching the playoffs in each of their first six seasons...Boston has a chance to become the second team in MLL history to win back-to-back championships. In 2006 and 2007, the Philadelphia Barrage won the MLL title...
Plenty more to come, so stay tuned and by all means comment away.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer