The franchise has won five MLL championships and five division titles throughout its 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 were 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 stadiums from Washington, DC to Fairfax, VA, and changing names from the Baltimore Bayhawks to the Washington Bayhawks, the team finally settled in Annapolis, Maryland. The Bayhawks made an agreement with the US Naval Academy to make the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium their home field.
In March of 2010, the Bayhawks announced their new ownership group: Hometown Lacrosse, LLC led by Brendan Kelly. It was also announced that the team name would be changed to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Adding “Chesapeake” to the team name included all areas of the region. For example: Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and the Eastern Shore. The Bayhawks 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. Kelly then stepped down as head coach and promoted Dave Cottle from assistant coach to head coach. Cottle brought in a new defensive coordinator, Tony Resch, and rebuilt the roster. In Cottle’s first year as head coach, the Bayhawks earned the number one seed and hoisted the Steinfeld trophy for the fourth time. The Bayhawks conquered the Denver Outlaws 16-6 in the finals. 2013 was a successful year for the Bayhawks. They took on the Charlotte Hounds in the finals and came out on top with a 10-9 win, arning back-to-back championships and building a dynasty.