With the season soon drawing to a close, I'm going to look at every team in the MLL. I will look at the present, past, and future of each team and judge their playoff hopes (If they are in!).
First up is the Chesapeake Bayhawks. They will enter the tournament as the #4 and last seed, playing the Boston Cannons. That will be a challenge, no doubt, but they may have the home crowd on their side playing in Annapolis, Maryland.
In general, I don't see the Bayhawks getting very far in the playoffs. I thought Chicago was a much better team wit scorers like the Leveille's, Ned Crotty, and Chris Roetelli. The Bayhawks top scorer, Peet Poillon, can put the ball in the net and ranks third in the MLL in points behind only Matt Poskay and Matt Danowski. But their next leading scorer is Kyle Dixon with 33, and then Danny Glading with 26. They are third in the league in goals for, behind only Toronto (non-playoff team) and surprisingly Denver, though they made the playoffs solely on defense and goal tending. They do, however, lead the league in 2pt field goals with 16.
Chesapeake can make the playoffs at best a .500 team and at worst 5-7. The Bayhawks are also a mere 3-3 at home and 2-3 on the road, and travel to Boston t end their season next week, so that home field advantage ma be non-existent.
If one player can help the Bayhawks do teh unlikely and beat Boston in the playoffs, it would be either Dixon or Garrity. Chris Garrity, at 5-4 on the season, is fourth in the league with a 12.84 GAA, but has been lights out several occasions, including last week vs the Machine, who they beat by four goals to advance. Garrity is also third in the league in goal tending minutes with 579, behind only Kip Turner and Drew Adams, so the Bayhawks will be relying on him over Boston native and 0-2 goaltender Mike Levin.
For Dixon, he is going to need a performance smiler to Saturday, scoring four points in the Bayhawks win. Th Bayhawks will need more than just their stars in Dixon and Poillon, however, if they want to beat the goal scoring powerhouse that is Boston. They will need Danny Glading and Brian Vetter on their A game as well.
The Bayhawks are an interesting team as a whole, with not much scoring potential but they find a way to put the ball in the net enough. With young players like #1 draft pick Micheal Kimmell and hometown player Brian Carrol, the Bayhawks may make a bit of noise this Championship Weekend for the first time since 2005. But my opinion? Good ride, bu the 'Hawks will not get by Boston.