Bayhawks triumph in home opener

Millon scores 6 as team overcomes early 2-point deficit vs. Chicago

Bayhawks 19 Machine 16

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Making his Baltimore return, attackman Mark Millon scored a game-high six goals, including five in the first half, as the defending Major League Lacrosse champion Bayhawks earned a 19-16 victory over the Chicago Machine in their home opener at Johnny Unitas Stadium last night.

The league's all-time scoring leader, Millon scored his 42nd career hat trick in guiding the Bayhawks to victory. He has 36 of those hat tricks with the Bayhawks (1-1).

"It was great to come back to Baltimore and play well in front of our home fans," Millon said. "We wanted to play well and show why we are the defending champs."

The Machine (0-2) took a 2-0 lead in the opening three minutes as attackman Josh Coffman and midfielder Matt Florio scored unassisted goals. Millon led a 4-0 run by the Bayhawks over a four-minute span as he scored a pair of goals. Midfielder Mark Frye, who missed last week's season opener, had his first two-point goal of the year to give the Bayhawks the lead.

After Dan Paccione cut the deficit to 4-3, attackman Tom Marechek scored back-to-back goals to extend the Bayhawks' lead to 6-3 with 23 seconds left in the first quarter.

Coffman scored his second goal of the game to open the second quarter before the Bayhawks went on a 6-2 run, including three Millon goals, for a 12-6 lead at the half.

Down 19-13, the Machine mounted a comeback. With 2:44 left, midfielder Chris Malone scored a two-point goal to cut the deficit to 19-15. Just over a minute later, attackman Josh Bergey followed with a goal off a Doug Shanahan assist to narrow the gap to three, but the Bayhawks held on in the final 63 seconds.

Millon led all players with his six goals, and Marechek added two, including the 150th goal of his MLL career. Bayhawks goalkeeper Scott Schroeder made 12 saves.

The Bayhawks begin a two-game road trip Saturday when they travel to Denver.

Chicago 3 3 7 3 - 16

Bayhawks 6 6 4 3 - 19

One-point goals: Chicago-Leveille 3, Shanahan 2, Malone 2,Coffman 2, Paccione, Florio, Bergey; Bayhawks-B. Millon 6, Goldman 2, Marechek 2, Redd 2, DeFelice, Mollot, Gillette, Frye, Cutler. Two-point goals: Chicago-Shanahan, Malone; Bayhawks-Frye. Saves: Chicago-Murtha 7, Gabel 5; Bayhawks-Schroeder 12. A: 2,754.

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