|League||Major League Lacrosse|
|Based in||Annapolis, Maryland|
|Stadium||Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium|
|Colors||Navy, light green, silver, white|
|Owner||Major League Lacrosse|
|Head coach||Tom Mariano|
|General manager||Tom Mariano|
|Championships||6 (2002, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2019)|
|Division titles||2001, 2002, 2003, 2005|
The Chesapeake Bayhawks were a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) professional men's field lacrosse team based in Annapolis, Maryland since 2010. They played in the greater Baltimore metro area beginning with the MLL's inaugural 2001 season, as the Baltimore Bayhawks from 2001–2006 and as the Washington Bayhawks from 2007–2009.
They won six Steinfeld Cup titles, the most of any MLL franchise.
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 10–2, 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 20–13. 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 44–19 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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. On December 13, the Bayhawks announced they were bringing back Dave Cottle as head coach.
The Bayhawks were developing plans for a $40 million 10,000-seat stadium in Crownsville that would have included a three-story team headquarters. 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.
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. 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.
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. It was only the Bayhawks' second playoff loss in five trips to the postseason since becoming the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010.
After the 2018 season, the professional lacrosse landscape changed drastically with the launch of the Premier Lacrosse League and the migration of nearly 150 Major League Lacrosse players to the upstart league. In addition, the number of MLL teams was shaved from nine to six, as two teams folded and one (Charlotte) went on a hiatus. In the new-look MLL, the Bayhawks took advantage. Led by Lyle Thompson, who would win league MVP and offensive player of the year honors, Chesapeake would finish a league-best 10-6 in the regular season. Despite this, the Bayhawks would essentially have to play as the road team as they eventually made it to the championship game, played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver, where they would face: the Denver Outlaws. In front of an Outlaw-friendly crowd, the Bayhawks stormed out to a 5-0 lead before letting Denver slowly creep back into it. The Outlaws would take their first lead of the game, 9-8, with eight minutes to go. The Bayhawks, though, would persevere with goals from Steele Stanwick and Andrew Kew in the final three minutes. Chesapeake would ultimately win their sixth Steinfeld Cup, and first in six years.
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.
|1||Sam Lucchesi||G||5 ft 11 in||165 lb||Hobart|
|2||Colin Heacock||M||6 ft 3 in||210 lb||Maryland|
|4||Lyle Thompson||A||6 ft 0 in||180 lb||Albany|
|9||C.J. Costabile||D||6 ft 1 in||205 lb||Duke|
|11||Nate Solomon||A||5 ft 10 in||189 lb||Syracuse|
|12||Ryan Tucker||M||6 ft 2 in||200 lb||Virginia|
|16||Ryan Keenan||M||5 ft 9 in||165 lb||Penn State|
|17||Nick Chaykowsky||M||6 ft 4 in||207 lb||Trent|
|20||Nick Manis||M||6 ft 0 in||190 lb||Maryland|
|21||Grant Maloof||M||6 ft 0 in||185 lb||Towson|
|22||Greg Danseglio||D||6 ft 0 in||185 lb||Maryland|
|23||Nick Mariano||M||6 ft 0 in||181 lb||Syracuse|
|24||Jon Paige||FO||6 ft 0 in||210 lb||Queens|
|25||Luke Anderson||SSDM||6 ft 3 in||210 lb||Marquette|
|26||Isaiah Davis-Allen||M||6 ft 3 in||180 lb||Maryland|
|27||Warren Jeffrey||D||6 ft 3 in||210 lb||Vermont|
|30||Brian Phipps||G||5 ft 9 in||190 lb||Maryland|
|34||Chase Levesque||LSM||6 ft 3 in||195 lb||Boston University|
|42||Andrew Kew||A||6 ft 3 in||210 lb||Tampa|
|44||Shane Simpson||M||6 ft 1 in||190 lb||North Carolina|
|45||Brendan Bomberry||M||6 ft 1 in||198 lb||Syracuse|
|50||Zach Melillo||FO||5 ft 10 in||175 lb||Marquette|
|70||Holden Garlent||D||6 ft 2 in||189 lb||Canisius|
|81||Will Weitzel||LSM||6 ft 1 in||205 lb||Yale|
|88||Mike Panepinto||M||5 ft 11 in||200 lb||Brown|
|Callum Crawford||M||6 ft 3 in||196 lb||Dowling|
- Roster as of 18 July 2020[update]
MLL award winners
- Rob Doerr: 2001
|Year||W||L||Pct||Regular season finish||Playoffs|
|2001||10||4||.714||1st in National Division||Won semifinal 12-11 over Cannons |
Lost championship 15-11 to Lizards
|2002||10||4||.714||1st in National Division||Won semifinal 15-10 over Cannons |
Won championship 21-13 over Lizards
|2003[a]||7||4||.636||1st in National Division||Won semifinal 15-13 over Pride |
Lost championship 15-14 (OT) to Lizards
|2004||7||5||.583||2nd in National Division||Lost semifinal 24-16 to Cannons|
|2005||10||2||.883||1st in National Division||Won semifinal 20-13 over Rattlers |
Won championship 15-9 over Lizards
|2006||4||8||.333||6th in Eastern Conference||–|
|Totals (BAL)||48||27||.640||2 Championships|
6 - 3 (.667)
|2007||5||7||.417||5th in Eastern Conference||–|
|2008||4||8||.333||6th in Eastern Conference||–|
|2009||5||7||.417||5th in League||–|
|2010||6||6||.500||4th in League||Won semifinal 13-9 over Cannons |
Won championship 13-9 over Lizards
|2011||6||6||.500||4th in League||Lost semifinal 14-13 to Cannons|
|2012||10||4||.714||2nd in League||Won semifinal 16-10 over Cannons |
Won championship 16-6 over Outlaws
|2013||9||5||.643||2nd in League||Won semifinal 13-12 over Nationals |
Won championship 10-9 over Hounds
|2014||5||9||.357||6th in League||–|
|2015||6||8||.429||6th in League||–|
|2016||8||6||.571||6th in League||–|
|2017||7||7||.500||6th in League||–|
|2018||9||5||.643||2nd in League||Lost semifinal 13-12 to Outlaws|
|2019||10||6||.625||1st in League||Won semifinal 14-13 over Blaze |
Won championship 10-9 over Outlaws
|2020||3||2||.600||3rd in League||Semifinal vs. Hammerheads canceled|
|Totals (CHE)||79||64||.552||4 Championships|
8 - 2 (.750)
|Franchise Totals||141||113||.555||6 Championships|
14 - 5 (.706)
[a] August 17 game at Long Island canceled due to rain
|#||Name||Seasons Coached||Regular Season||Playoffs|
|8||Dave Cottle||2012–2015, 2018-2019||86||49||37||.570||7||6||1||.857|
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