In sore need of a win, the Chesapeake Bayhawks could see several key players return for Saturday’s game against the Boston Cannons at 7:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Coach Dave Cottle said midfielder Peet Poillon, long-stick midfielder C.J. Costabile and short-stick defensive midfielder Dan Burns may be available for Chesapeake (1-5), which has lost four straight and sits in last place of the eight-team Major League Lacrosse. Poillon has played in just three games, but the UMBC graduate is still tied for fourth on the team in goals (five) and tied for sixth in points (six).
Burns, a Maryland and Severna Park graduate who ranks fifth in ground balls with 11, sat out Thursday’s 8-7 double-overtime loss to the Rochester Rattlers. And Costabile has scooped up seven ground balls in three contests.
All three have a chance of playing against Boston (3-3), which is tied with the New York Lizards for fourth place.
“We’ll probably have Peet Poillon back this week, which will help us a little bit,” Cottle said. “Costabile is capable of playing this week. … Burns will probably be a guy who will be back. Burns sat out last week with an injury, and he will be at practice this week. I think if everything goes according to plan, Danny Burns will wind up dressing.”
The Bayhawks, however, will continue on without several key contributors. Cottle said midfielder Kyle Dixon (one goal and two assists) and faceoff specialist Adam Rand (45.0 percent on 27-of-60 and seven ground balls) will remain on injured reserve, and defensemen Brian Spallina and Andrew Sellers are still on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Cottle also said midfielder Stephen Peyser was diagnosed with a fractured tibia suffered in a 15-11 loss to the Ohio Machine on May 31.
“I think there was a small fracture of the tibia in his knee when he went down in that game,” Cottle said. “So we’re going to see what happens. We’ll extend him to one more game.”