Jake Bernhardt netted his third game-winning goal in an Ohio uniform and Marcus Holman capped a three-goal afternoon with some insurance in the final seconds as the Machine edged the visiting Bayhawks 16-14 Friday at Selby Stadium.
The win gave Ohio a season sweep of the back-to-back defending Major League Lacrosse champions. Ohio beat Chesapeake 15-11 on the last day of May.
After starting the game with a four-goal tear, it took a late surge to lift the Machine past a determined bunch of Bayhawks. Down two late in the second half, Ohio (4-6) took a 14-13 lead courtesy of Peter Baum, who poured in back-to-back tallies to bump his team in front.
Chesapeake’s (3-7) Matt Mackrides tied the game at 14 a little less than three minutes later, but Bernhardt promptly buried the game-winner with less than two minutes to go before Holman smoothed out the scoring summary with a goal in the game’s final minute.
Ohio started the showdown as well as it finished it, maybe even better, as three different Machine players picked up two quick points as part of a 4-0 run within the first five minutes of action. Midfielder Tom Schreiber scored two of the goals, attackman Logan Schuss had two assists and midfielder Bill McGlone tallied a goal and an assist to stake the hosts to the early edge.
Chesapeake scored three straight to get back into things, and the two teams traded a goal toward the end of the quarter as Ohio took a 5-4 lead into the second.
The Bayhawks started the second stanza with two goals, giving them their first lead of the contest, but Machine midfielder Kyle Harrison added his second goal less than a minute later to tie it at six.
The half ended with the Bayhawks leading, 9-8, but the momentum quickly swayed back into the Machine’s favor as Holman scored a two-point goal just 31 seconds into the second half. Chesapeake followed up with three in a row, but Bernhardt added a goal with 1.5 seconds left in the quarter to keep things tight.
Holman opened the fourth with a goal as well, tying the game at 12. Chesapeake added one of its own shortly after, but Baum countered with his two straight goals to give Ohio its 14-13 lead and set up the thrilling finish.
Holman led the team with three goals and four points, while Baum had two goals and an assist. Harrison and Schreiber each added two goals for the victors and Schuss finished with two assists.
Goalie Brian Phipps made 12 saves on 26 shots faced. Face-off men Eric O’Brien and Bobby Dattilo combined to go 16-for-32 at the midfield X, with O’Brien finishing 10-of-17.
After being acquired by the Machine in a trade with the New York Lizards on Wednesday, defenseman Steven Waldeck helped lead a defensive stand that held Chesapeake scoreless for the final 2:19 of the game.
Chesapeake’s Joe Walters tallied four goals and four assists while Drew Westervelt and Ben Hunt each had four points in the loss.
The Machine is slated to return to Selby Stadium on July 19 for the second of a three-game home stand. Ohio will take on the Charlotte Hounds at 7 p.m. EST. After that, the Machine will play the Denver Outlaws at 4:30 p.m. EST July 26. Both games will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.
Tim Moody contributed to this report.