Kimmel Piles Up Five Points to Lift Bayhawks Over Rattlers

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Kimmel Piles Up Five Points to Lift Bayhawks Over Rattlers

Bayhawks Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD Midfielder Michael Kimmel accumulated five points with a goal and four assists to lead the Chesapeake Bayhawks to a convincing 13-7 road victory over the Rochester Rattlers a Sahlens Stadium.

Attackman Danny Glading totaled four points on two goals and two assists for Chesapeake, which improved its record to 8-2 and remained in first place atop the Major League Lacrosse standings. Adam Rand captured 15 of 22 face-offs while goalkeeper Kip Turner stopped 11 shots for the Bayhawks, who are halfway through a four-game road trip.

Any time you can win on the road in this league its a positive. This is a very nice win for us, said Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle, whose squad was coming off an upset at the hands of expansion Charlotte. Our team showed it could recover from a tough loss and move on.

Attackman Drew Westervelt and midfielder Matt Abbott scored two goals apiece for Chesapeake, which gained a measure of revenge on Rochester. The Lizards had beaten the Bayhawks, 12-8, in Annapolis on May 12, 2012.

It was kind of a grind-it-out game because both teams are real solid defensively, Cottle continued. This game was very similar to our first meeting with Rochester. The difference is that this time we didnt give up any transition goals and were able to get some ourselves.

Chesapeakes close defense of Michael Evans, Nicky Polanco and Barney Ehrmann put forth a suffocating effort. Long stick midfielder Dan Hostetler was all over the field disrupting as the Rattlers were limited to just 18 shots on goal.

Our defense really came through as far as everyone winning their individual matchups. I also thought the defense did a great job of getting the ball off the ground in our end of the field and clearing it, Cottle said.

Rochester (5-5), which had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost at home for the first time this season, was shut out in the first quarter and held to just two goals in the third and fourth periods.

We arent able to do what we want to do on offense. They pressed out and made it very difficult for us to move the ball, said Rochester attackman Kevin Leveille, who scored a team-high three goals.

Five different players scored goals as Chesapeake grabbed a 5-1 lead with just over nine minutes elapsed in the second quarter. Abbott had two goals and Kimmel had two assists as the Bayhawks took a 6-3 advantage into halftime.

Glading had a goal and an assist in the third quarter to give the visitors a comfortable 9-5 margin. Leveille and Roy Lang sandwiched unassisted goals around one by Westervelt as the Rattlers cut the deficit to 10-7 with just over eight minutes remaining in the game, but midfielder Kyle Dixon responded with a 2-point goal that pretty much put the game out of reach.

It was the 11th 2-pointer of the season for Dixon, the MLL all-time leader in that category. Midfielder Ben Rubeor then added an insurance goal for Chesapeake, extending his scoring streak 25 straight games with at least one point.

Goalkeeper John Galloway made 12 saves for Rochester, which got beaten 36-26 on ground balls. I thought we did a much better job of getting the ball off the ground than we did last week in Charlotte and that was a big point of emphasis going into the game, Cottle said.

Neither team committed a penalty in the game, a real rarity in Major League Lacrosse. Chesapeake continues its road warrior ways next Saturday at the Ohio Machine. The Bayhawks are now 4-1 on the road this season.

The Bayhawks return home on Saturday, August 4th to battle their long time rivals the Long Island Lizards.

For the Bayhawks full schedule go to www.thebayhawks.com.

What They're Saying: Reactions to Jaguars drafting Terps' Ngakoue

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What They're Saying: Reactions to Jaguars drafting Terps' Ngakoue

With the 69th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Maryland pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue. He was the second Maryland player taken on Friday night, along with defensive back Sean Davis to the Steelers, and for the Jaguars was the third straight defensive player selected.

Pair Ngakoue with first-round DB Jalen Ramsey from Florida State and possible second-round steal Myles Jack, and Jacksonville has already put together a formidable draft class.

What are people saying nationally about the Ngakoue pick? Take a look below.

Mike DiRocco, ESPN.com:

"The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ngakoue is a scheme fit who will start off as a designated pass-rusher. He needs improvement against the run and has to work on keeping his weight up. Still, he’s an upgrade at the position."

BigCatCountry.com, SBNation:

"As for fitting with the Jaguars, they seemed to be set on finding somebody who is more of a situational pass rusher than they are finding a true every-down LEO. Their interest in Ngakoue makes sense in the regard that he can step in and be able to contribute right away."

John Oehser, Jaguars.com:

"The Jaguars addressed the edge late Friday. They did because they needed to, but more than that, they did it because the right player was available at the right time."

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com:

Shane Davis, Cover32.com:

"Ngakoue will contribute as a pass-rusher immediately, playing mostly the LEO position and coming in on third downs. General manager Dave Caldwell raved about Ngakoue’s first step quickness in his press conference with the media on Friday night."

Mike Kaye, First Coast News:

"He decided leave Maryland early and the Jaguars jumped at the chance to add him. [GM Dave] Caldwell said he considered taking Ngakoue as early as the second round, but again, stayed patient and reaped the benefits."

Analyst gives Steelers 'A+' grade for drafting Maryland's Davis

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Analyst gives Steelers 'A+' grade for drafting Maryland's Davis

Maryland defensive back Sean Davis was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 58 overall pick in thte 2016 NFL Draft on Friday night. Among those reacting to the selection was CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco, who grades each pick as the draft progress.

Safe to say Prisco was a fan.

"Love this pick. Love this kid," he would go on to write in a post later. "The Steelers get a safety with range who can cover and tackle. Secondary is fixed."

Davis, in talking to CSN on Friday night, said that he was surprised to a certain extent that Pittsburgh would select him after the Steelers took defensive back Artie Burns from Miami in the first round. 

But Burns can in at corner and Davis can slot in at safety, so the fit is there. 

"I kind of thought it was over. I didn't expect them to pick me up. I guess they're trying to do something special back there," he said with a smile. "It's crazy."

Davis had a relationship with the team prior to the draft, though. He spoke with representatives at both the NFL Combine and the Senior Bowl. 

Had he not been taken where he was taken, it was unlikely that he would have slipped much more. The New England Patriots sat at picks 60 and 61 and had long been intrigued by Davis. 

New England would end up taking Alabama defensive back Cyrus Jones at 60 and trading pick No. 61.

Ravens have not drafted a cornerback in first three rounds since 2011

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Ravens have not drafted a cornerback in first three rounds since 2011

You would expect the Ravens to draft a cornerback at some point Saturday, but even if they do, it might be too late.

The Ravens didn’t draft a cornerback in the first three rounds, the fifth straight year that has happened. Fifteen cornerbacks went off the board in Rounds 1 through 3, but none of them went to the Ravens.

Their last high draft pick at corner was Jimmy Smith, a first-round pick in 2011. Since 2013, the Ravens have only drafted three corners -- the late Tray Walker (2015), Marc Anthony (2013), and Asa Jackson (2012).

At a position that is vitally important, the Ravens have not been very active in the draft. Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta defended that fact Friday night, and still believed the Ravens could find a quality cornerback Saturday.

“I think we will,” DeCosta said Friday night. “You need a little luck sometimes, and it depends on the board, but there’s still a lot of good players at that position and other positions. The challenge for us will be to find those guys.”

Cornerbacks the Ravens could target include Juston Burris of N. C. State, Rashard Robinson of LSU, Zack Sanchez of Oklahoma, D. J. White of Georgia Tech, and Tavon Young of Temple.

But if cornerback play becomes an issue for the Ravens next season, they may look at this draft as another missed opportunity to improve at that position.