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Hail To The Champions—Bayhawks Capture MLL Championship with 10-9 Victory over Charlotte—John Grant Jr Named MVP
Bayhawks Win The MLL Championship

Bayhawks Win The MLL Championship

Attackmen John Grant, Jr andDrew Westervelt combined for eight points to lead an opportunistic offense while goalkeeper Kip Turner recorded 14 saves to anchor a suffocating defense as the Chesapeake Bayhawks captured the fifth Major League Lacrosse Championship in franchise history with a 10-9 victory over the Charlotte Hounds in front of 3,792 fans at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

Grant scored all four of his goals in spectacular fashion while Westervelt added a hat trick and an assist as Chesapeake secured it second straight crown. Brendan Kelly has built a dynasty since taking over as owner, leading the Bayhawks to titles in three of his four years at the helm. Dave Cottle has also been part of all three championships, serving as a consultant in 2010 and as president and head coach the last two years.

“It’s not just me, it’s the entire group from Coach Cottle on down. Everybody gives their heart and soul, whether active roster players or practice squad players,” Kelly said. “We’re trying to build the greatest organization in MLL history and I think we’re well on our way to doing that. I’m just really proud of the front office, the coaching staff and the players. To win three championships in four years is really unbelievable.”

MY TAKE: Another Championship for owner Brendan Kelly and Head Coach Dave Cottle!!!! It’s all about organization and the Bayhawks are 1st class all the way. 

Cottle just gets what has to be done to win. Dave never gets ruffled about regular season losses –he just has his guys learn from the mistakes. He fills the team with players who have won titles before and let’s nature take its course. The late season addition of Casey Powell was brilliant and the team reaped the rewards of Casey’s tremendous passing ability today. Cottle slowly worked Jesse Bernhardt into the lineup and by year’s end the Maryland All American was a force on defense. 

The power of the attack held firm today. For the Hounds, they certainly are the team of the future especially with the blossoming of Ryan Young who scored 4 times today. 

It will be interesting to see how Cottle creates a 2014 team since there is some age on the Bayhawks. Who shall return? Remember this— Cottle just gets it.

Well done Bayhawks!!!



10,800 Watch Bayhawks Secure 2nd Seed with 16-14 Victory over Charlotte

The Charlotte Hounds on Saturday night came up short against the Chesapeake Bayhawks, falling 16-14 in front of 10,831 fans at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium The Bayhawks’ Ben Rubeor was named Player of the Game for a six-point performance.

The Bayhawks opened the game with five straight goals, including the first of the night from Rubeor, to set the tone for a high-scoring affair. John Haus ended the run with a tally from long range, but John Grant Jr. responded with a goal of his own to keep the Bayhawks ahead by five, 6-1. Geoff Snider won the ensuing faceoff, and Josh Hawkins scooped up the groundball and took it straight to the cage to make it a four-goal game. Ryan Flanagan then scored in transition to cut the Bayhawks’ lead to 6-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Momentum stayed with the Hounds to start the second, as Jake Tripucka pulled the Hounds within two, 6-4, just two minutes in. But Drew Westervelt tallied his second of the night off a feed from Rubeor, who turned around and scored his second of the night to push the Bayhawks in front 8-4.

Mike Sawyer scored first off a feed from Matt White, then White got one of his own off a feed from Danowski to cut the Bayhawks’ lead to 9-8. Danowski then gave the Hounds their first lead of the game, 10-9, by ripping a 2-pointer with 11 seconds remaining in the half. The run continued in the third, as Sawyer opened the scoring off a great individual effort to put the Hounds up 11-9. That was followed by goals from Ryan Young and Kevin Drew to build a 14-9 lead. However, it would be the final goal of the night for the Hounds. Hawkins got called for pushing, and Westervelt ended the run with a power-play goal to make it a 14-10 game going in to the final stanza.

Rubeor opened the scoring in the fourth to start the comeback for the Bayhawks. After goals from Matt Mackrides and Grant Jr. to pull within 14-13, Michael Kimmel ripped a 2-point goal and the Bayhawks re-took a 15-14 lead. Rubeor tallied his fourth of the night with 3:10 to play to account for the 16-14 final.

With the win over the Hounds and a loss earlier in the day by the Hamilton Nationals, the Bayhawks (9-5) claimed the No. 2 overall seed for Championship Weekend. They still will face the Nationals (9-5) who ended up in the third spot. The Hounds’ semifinal against the Outlaws will take place on Saturday, August 24 at 1:00pm ET. The game will be played at PPL Park in Chester, Penn., and be televised live on ESPN2.

Outlaws remain Undefeated Taking down the Bayhawks 14-12 in Denver

Certainly it was the Maryland connection in control for Denver–Lee Zink, Drew Snider and most of all Jeremy Sieverts (4 goals on 4 shots). Jesse Bernhardt gets better every week on defense and ground balls.

from the Bayhawks website:

Attackman Drew Westervelt fired in four goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Chesapeake Bayhawks could not hold an early lead and fell to the unbeaten Denver Outlaws, 14-12, at Sports Authority Field in the Mile High City.

 Midfielder Michael Kimmel scored two goals and assisted another for Chesapeake, which came out aggressive and seized a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter. Midfielders Ben Hunt and Casey Powell both had a goal and assist for the Bayhawks (7-5), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

 “We played a great first quarter, but we had about five empty possessions that forced us to play a lot of defense and resulted in a lot of transition,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “As a group, we turned the ball over way too much. We gave up way too many unsettled and transition goals. We did a great job of holding their starting attack without a goal, but gave up some goals to short sticks and the face-off man.”



Kevin Cooper Nails Hat Trick in His Debut in the MLL—Bayhawks Defeat Ohio 13-12

Rookie attackman Kevin Cooper made an impressive professional debut, totaling four points on three goals and an assist to help the Chesapeake Bayhawks pull out a 13-12 victory over the Ohio Machine at Selby Stadium.

Cooper, a recent University of Maryland graduate, provided a tremendous offensive lift – scoring goals in the first, third and fourth quarters. Cooper netted his final goal during a 4-0 run that gave the Bayhawks a 13-10 lead with 7:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“Kevin has been playing very well in practice and (offensive coordinator) John Lamon had been asking me to give him a shot. We felt this was a good game to get Kevin in there and see what he could do,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “Kevin scored a goal on his first shot, and for a young player that’s a real confidence boost. Kevin is very good in the big-little game and has outstanding vision. We were able to run Kevin out of the box then invert him so he was matched up against a short stick from behind the cage.”

Matt Mackridesstarted on attack in place of John Grant Jr. and totaled four points on two goals and two assists for Chesapeake (6-4), which has won two straight and now holds sole possession of third place in Major League Lacrosse. Mackrides, a second-year pro out of Penn State, is now the team’s third-leading scorer with 17 goals and eight assists.

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Bayhawks Rebound With 17-10 Win over Hamilton

 Midfielders Ben Hunt and Matt Mackrides scored four points apiece as the Chesapeake Bayhawks blew out the Hamilton Nationals, 17-10, at Ron Joyce Stadium. Hunt’s three goals included a 2-pointer while Mackrides contributed three goals and an assist. Midfielder Steven Brooks and attackman Drew Westervelt also notched hat tricks in the win.

Goalkeeper Kip Turner recorded 13 saves to anchor an impressive defensive effort for Chesapeake, which snapped a two-game losing streak and improved its record to 5-4. Faceoff specialist Adam Rand had a huge night, capturing 18 of 29 draws to help the Bayhawks control possession.

“When you are unselfish and share the ball, everyone gets involved and you have the type of balanced scoring we did tonight,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “Matt Mackrides continues to be a sparkplug on offense while Ben Hunt has been practicing better and is beginning to play really well.”

MidfielderMatt Abbott scored two goals and gobbled up five ground balls for Chesapeake, which broke open a close game with a strong second quarter onslaught. Midfielder Michael Kimmel and attackman John Grant Jr. both contributed two assists for the Bayhawks, who outshot the Nationals 57-37 and won the ground ball battle 37-27.

The score was tied at three early in the second period when Chesapeake took total control. Westervelt scored a power play goal off a feed from Grant and that began a 7-0 run that gave the visitors a commanding 10-3 lead at halftime. Hunt scored two goals, one of which was a 2-pointer, during the decisive assault. Highlight of the night came when close defenseman Nicky Polanco scored a transition goal off an assist from short stick defensive midfielder Dan Burns.

Mackrides totaled two goals and an assist as the Bayhawks outscored the Nationals 6-3 in the third quarter to take their largest lead at 16-6. Defenseman Barney Ehrmann provided great man-to-man coverage and scooped six ground balls while long stick defensive midfielder Michael Simon was extremely active and garnered four grounders.

Cottle and defensive coordinator Tony Resch decided to play rookie Jesse Bernhardt on close defense and the former University of Maryland All-American limited Kevin Cunningham to a goal and an assist.

“Cunningham gave us trouble last time with his quickness. We thought that would be a good matchup for Jesse because he is so quick and so athletic,” Cottle said. “Jesse rose to the challenge and did a great job.”


Drew Westervelt Tallies 8 Goals as Bayhawks Crush the Lizards 21-8

Attackman Drew Westervelt scored a career-high eight goals to lead an impressive offensive showing as the Chesapeake Bayhawks blew out the New York Lizards, 21-8, in the first Major League Lacrosse game at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island, N.Y. 

Attackman John Grant Jr. scored four times for Chesapeake (4-2), which ended a two-game losing streak. Grant scored twice in spectacular style with a quick-flip, over-the-shoulder goal and a low, underhand shot after faking a behind-the-back pass. 

Goalkeeper Kip Turner (Severn) made 15 saves to anchor a suffocating defensive effort for Chesapeake, which limited New York to two goals over the second and third quarters. Barney Ehrmann gobbled up six ground balls while fellow long-stick defensive midfielder Jesse Bernhardt scooped five grounders as the Bayhawks finished with a 36-26 advantage in that category. Bernhardt, the team’s 2013 first-round draft choice out of Maryland, was making his Bayhawks debut. 

from the Sun

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10-20 at the X Position Does the Bayhawks in as They Drop Their 1st Game of the Year to Boston 15-14

Perennial All-Star attackmanRyan Boyle scored 1:26 into sudden death overtime to give the Boston Cannons a thrilling 15-14 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Harvard Stadium.

Boyle used an inside spin move to beat defenseman Michael Evans from behind and fired a short shot past goalkeeperKip Turner to bring an end to a wild, back-and-forth affair. Boyle, the all-time leading scorer in Major League lacrosse with 410 career points, was named Player of the Game after scoring three goals and dishing off two assists.

Midfielder Paul Rabil, a two-time MLL Most Valuable Player, totaled seven points on four goals (one of which was a 2-pointer) and two assists for Boston (1-3), which earned its first win of the season. Goalkeeper Mike Gabel made 17 saves while Chris Eck captured 20 of 30 face-offs for the Cannons.

 “We lost a lot of face-offs early so we didn’t have the ball much. When we did get possession, we were kind of in hurry mode. We didn’t do a good job of giving our defense a rest by possessing the ball on offense,” Chesapeake head coachDave Cottle said.

 Attackman John Grant Jr. scored five goals, almost all of the spectacular variety, to lead Chesapeake (3-1). Grant also had an assist to finish with six points in his second game since rejoining the Bayhawks following the indoor professional season.

“Sports Maven Kharma” Works For Rubeor as He Scores 5 Points Leading Chesapeake to a 14-5 Rain Shortened Victory over Ohio

Veteran attackman Ben Rubeor had another big game with points to lead a balanced offense as the Chesapeake Bayhawks manhandled the Ohio Machine, 14-5, in a game shortened to three quarters by lighting activity around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Rubeor, a sixth-year professional, scored four goals and assisted another as the Chesapeake offense clicked on all cylinders. Rubeor, who scored seven goals in last Saturday’s win over New York, has now scored at least one point in 32 consecutive games and was named Player of the Game for the second straight Saturday.

“The last two weeks, things have been going my way. I’m not doing anything differently than I normally do, I’ve just been fortunate to end up on the back end of plays and the shots are falling for me,” Rubeor said.

Second-year midfielderMatt Mackrides notched his second hat trick of the season while attackman Drew Westerveltalso netted three goals for Chesapeake, which improved its record to 3-0 and remained tied atop the Major League Lacrosse standings with the Denver Outlaws.

One of the offensive players Cottle wanted to get going was midfielder Steven Brooks, who was scoreless on 1-for-9 shooting through two games. Brooks made an impact early by scoring consecutive goals less than four minutes apart in the first quarter. Brooks beat a defender and waltzed in one-on-one with the keeper for an unassisted goal then took a feed and scored from six yards in front of the cage to give Chesapeake a 3-0 lead.

“We just wanted Steven to be aggressive. Steven is a really good player and we know we’re going to get goals from him. I think scoring a couple tonight gave Steven a lift, and in turn gave the team a lift,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. 

My Take: I was at the game last night and its an absolute credit to the Bayhawks followers as they stuck out the game through horrendous weather.

Veteran midfielder Kyle Dixon was in a giving mood last night, dishing off three assists. It marked the 80th game in a Bayhawks’ uniform for Dixon, setting a franchise record previously held by Tom Marachek.

“I thought defensively and offensively, it was probably the best we’ve played on both sides this season. Overall, I thought we played pretty well,” Cottle said. “I thought we handled the ball better and shot the ball better on offense. Defensively, our guys are tough and make teams earn their goals. I thought Kip played well and bailed us out a few times with great saves.”

Attackman Steele Stanwick dished off three assists while midfielders Joe Cummings and Jim Connolly scored two goals apiece for Ohio (0-2).