Chesapeake Bayhawks

The Chesapeake Bayhawks are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) professional men's field lacrosse team based in Annapolis, Maryland since 2010. They have played in the greater Baltimore metro area since the MLL's inaugural 2001 season, as the Baltimore Bayhawks from 2001–2006, the Washington Bayhawks from 2007–2009.

Chesapeake Bayhawks
LeagueMajor League Lacrosse
Based inAnnapolis, Maryland
StadiumNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
ColorsNavy, light green, silver, white
OwnerBrendan Kelly
PresidentMark Burdett
Head coachDave Cottle
General managerDave Cottle
Championships6 (2002, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2019)
Division titles2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
FormerlyBaltimore Bayhawks
Washington Bayhawks
WebsiteOfficial website

They have won six Steinfeld Cup titles, the most of any MLL franchise.

Franchise history

Early success

The Bayhawks played two seasons at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University, in 2001 and 2003, while they played at M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore in 2002. Their home moved to Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University from 2004 to 2006. They won National Division titles in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005 and made the 2004 playoffs as a wild card.

In 2001, the Bayhawks won the National Division crown, but fell short in the championship game to the Long Island Lizards. The following year, the Bayhawks repeated as National Division champions and this time avenged their title game loss by beating the Lizards to win their first MLL crown. In the MLL's third season, the Bayhawks continued their National Division dominance with their third straight title, but again came up just short in the MLL Championship against the Lizards. The Bayhawks made the playoffs in 2004, but were eliminated in the semifinals.

The 2005 Bayhawks squad is regarded as one of the greatest lacrosse teams ever assembled. Led by hall-of-famers Gary Gait and Tom Marechek, the Bayhawks went 102, dominating the competition and setting several scoring records throughout the year. They scored 47 more goals than any other team and lead the league with fewest goals allowed, resulting in an average score of 2013. The team capped the regular season with their fourth National Division title and their second MLL crown.

The Bayhawks were the only Major League Lacrosse team to have a winning season in each of the first five years of the league, posting a 4419 record.

Move to Washington, D.C.

The 2006 season was a transition year for the Bayhawks. BT Lax Operating purchased the franchise from the prior ownership group led by the Pivec family. The Bayhawks went 4–8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in its history. Following the season, the new owners announced the team would be renamed the Washington Bayhawks and play around Washington, DC.

The Washington Bayhawks played their first home game of the 2007 season at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Virginia with the subsequent five home games at Georgetown University's Multi-Sport Field. George Mason Stadium served as the primary field for five home games during 2008 with one home game at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Both years the Bayhawks produced losing records, 5–7 and 4–8.

In 2009, the Bayhawks returned to Maryland for good and signed a three-year agreement with the US Naval Academy for their home games.[1] A permanent home did not help the Bayhawks on the field, they finished with another 5–7 season.

Dynasty in Annapolis

In March 2010, the Bayhawks announced a new ownership group, Hometown Lacrosse, LLC led by majority owner Brendan Kelly. The Bayhawks also announced that the team name would be changed to the Chesapeake Bayhawks to include all areas of the region from Northern Maryland to Virginia and Washington, DC to the Eastern Shore. The Bayhawks continued to play at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The team started out 4–6, leading Kelly to fire John Tucker and take over as head coach himself.[2] With Kelly's leadership, the team finished the 2010 season at 6–6 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The Bayhawks defeated the Boston Cannons 13–9 in the semifinals, and won the Steinfeld Trophy for the third time with another 13–9 victory over their archrivals, the Long Island Lizards.[3]

After a rollercoaster season and another 6–6 record in 2011, the Bayhawks were defeated by the Boston Cannons in a close match-up in the playoffs at home. In the off-season, the team made some major changes when Kelly stepped down as head coach and promoted Dave Cottle from assistant coach to head coach. Cottle immediately brought in Tony Resch to serve as his defensive coordinator. In 2012 they recaptured the Steinfeld Cup, defeating the Denver Outlaws 16–6 in the final.[4]

The Bayhawks repeated as MLL champions in 2013, defeating the Charlotte Hounds 10–9 in the final.[5]

Playoff drought

After their third title in four years in 2013, the Bayhawks missed the playoffs in the following four seasons, the second time in franchise history. In 2016, seven teams finished tied atop the standings at 8-6, including the Bayhawks. Due to tiebreaker procedures, the Bayhawks were left out of the playoffs.

In 2017, the Bayhawks started the season 3-1, but a four-game losing streak put them in a bad position at 3-5. The Bayhawks were finally able to regain some momentum but were ultimately eliminated with a loss during the second-to-last week of the regular season. They finished the season on a high note though, a 23-19 victory over the defending champion Denver Outlaws. In the game, rookie Josh Byrne scored seven goals and finished 2017 with the Major League Lacrosse record for goals in a season for a rookie with 39.[6] The win put them at an even 7-7, but did not prevent them from extending their playoff drought to four seasons. On September 14, the Bayhawks announced that head coach Brian Reese would not be returning because the team wanted a full-time coach, the league's first.[7] On December 13, the Bayhawks announced they were bringing back Dave Cottle as head coach.[8]

The Bayhawks are developing plans for a $40 million 10,000-seat stadium in Crownsville that would include a three-story team headquarters.[2] The project's first phase would be a 6,000 seat amphitheater that the Bayhawks hope to be playing in by 2020, while phase two would include 20 youth fields but the local community has raised significant objections to the plans.[9]

Cottle returns as head coach

The Bayhawks new and old head coach Dave Cottle began the 2018 campaign at home against the Dallas Rattlers, who were playing in their first game since relocating from Rochester. The Rattlers defeated the Bayhawks 15-9.[10] On April 28, the Bayhawks collected their first win of the season and Cottle's second tenure with a 14-11 victory over the Florida Launch.[11]

After a 1-2 start, the Bayhawks would rattle off seven straight victories, including back-to-back wins over the defending champion Ohio Machine, a team who swept them the season before. The Bayhawks would drop three of their last four contests of the regular season, but at 9-5, the team still earned second place and a home playoff game in the 2018 postseason.

In their first playoff appearance since 2013, the Bayhawks lost a close game to the Denver Outlaws, 13-12, despite defeating the Outlaws twice in the regular season.[12] It was only the Bayhawks' second playoff loss in five trips to the postseason since becoming the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010.


The Bayhawks' biggest rival is the New York Lizards. They have faced each other in five Steinfeld Cup championships: the first three, in 2005, and in 2010. The Lizards won in 2001 and 2003, the Bayhawks in 2002, 2005, and 2010. Both Long Island and the Baltimore area try to claim bragging rights to be the top "hotbed" of producing lacrosse talent.[13]


2019 Chesapeake Bayhawks
# Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
2Colin HeacockM6 ft 3 in210 lbMaryland
3Matt AbbottM6 ft 0 in185 lbSyracuse
4Lyle ThompsonA6 ft 0 in180 lbAlbany
5Zac DavliakosLSM6 ft 2 in180 lbLoyola
6Steele StanwickA6 ft 0 in180 lbVirginia
7 Kyle Tucker D 6 ft 0 in 195 lb Salisbury
9C.J. CostabileD6 ft 1 in205 lbDuke
10 Chris Fennell D 6 ft 2 in 211 lb Navy
11 Sean Mayle D 6 ft 0 in 195 lb Denver
12Ryan TuckerM6 ft 2 in200 lbVirginia
13Niko AmatoG5 ft 8 in185 lbMaryland
16Ryan KeenanM5 ft 9 in165 lbPenn State
20Nick ManisSSDM6 ft 0 in190 lbMaryland
21 Eric O'Brien FO 6 ft 3 in 230 lb Ohio State
23 Nick Mariano M 6 ft 0 in 181 lb Syracuse
24Greg DanseglioD6 ft 0 in185 lbMaryland
25 Ryan Hursey SSDM 6 ft 4 in 205 lb Georgetown
26Isaiah Davis-AllenSSDM6 ft 3 in180 lbMaryland
27 Warren Jeffrey D 6 ft 3 in 210 lb Vermont
29 Noah Rak FO 6 ft 1 in 203 lb UMass
30Brian PhippsG5 ft 9 in190 lbMaryland
31Kenny MassaFO5 ft 11 in180 lbBryant
33 Zac Prattson D 6 ft 0 in 180 lb Le Moyne
36Jesse BernhardtD6 ft 0 in200 lbMaryland
40DJ PlumerSSDM6 ft 3 in197 lbNavy
42 Andrew Kew A 6 ft 3 in 210 lb Tampa
44Shane SimpsonM6 ft 1 in190 lbNorth Carolina
45Brendan BomberryM6 ft 1 in198 lbSyracuse
77Colton WatkinsonM6 ft 4 in205 lbLimestone
91Thomas HoggarthM6 ft 3 in205 lbN/A
Jack Doyle M 6 ft 2 in 185 lb Notre Dame
Eric Fannell M 6 ft 1 in 220 lb Ohio State
Anthony Joaquim SSDM 6 ft 2 in 205 lb St. Joseph's
John Kelly M 6 ft 0 in 179 lb Ohio State
Shane Koppens A 5 ft 11 in 185 lb Loyola
Cody O'Donnell LSM 6 ft 0 in 190 lb Bryant
Ricky Pages D 6 ft 5 in 214 lb Ohio State
  • Roster updated 2019-07-12

MLL award winners

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