The 2013 MLL season was an exciting summer as the Bayhawks won their fifth MLL title. Following a solid regular season, the Bayhawks came together and won the Steinfeld Trophy for the second year in a row in Philadelphia.
The franchise has won five MLL championships and five division titles throughout their history in the league.
In 2002, the Bayhawks won their first MLL championship against the Long Island Lizards after losing the previous year in the title game to the Lizards. In 2005, the Bayhawks’ squad was regarded as one of the greatest lacrosse teams ever assembled. After a season of setting scoring records, they won their second MLL crown.
After moving around stadiums from Washington DC to Fairfax, Virginia, and changing names from the Baltimore Bayhawks to the Washington Bayhawks, they finally settled in an agreement with the US Naval Academy for their home games.
In March of 2010, the Bayhawks announced the new ownership group: Hometown Lacrosse, LLC led by Bayhawks 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. They also returned to championship weekend that year and toppled the Lizards for their third Steinfeld Trophy.
The following year the Bayhawks lost to the Cannons in the playoffs and Kelly stepped down as head coach and promoted Dave Cottle from assistant coach to head coach. Cottle brought in a new defensive coordinator in Tony Resch and rebuilt the roster. In his first year as head coach, the Bayhawks earned the number one seed and ultimately hoisted the Steinfeld trophy for the fourth time as the Bayhawks beat the Outlaws 16-6 in the finals. 2013 brought great success again as the Bayhawks took on the Charlotte Hounds in the finals and beat them 10-9 to win back to back championships and create a dynasty.