Most of the Chesapeake Bayhawks players Tuesday, according to social media, were preparing to pursue the next great pinnacle of their lacrosse careers – a roster spot on the gold medal-defending Team USA lacrosse squad – at the opening of its training camp next Saturday at Goucher College in Baltimore.
That after achieving back-to-back Major League Lacrosse championships with a 10-9 win over the Charlotte Hounds in the 2013 Championship final Sunday at PPL Park in Philadelphia. That second consecutive Steinfeld Cup is also Chesapeake’s third in four years – both feats having been accomplished only once before in MLL history by the Philadelphia Barrage in 2004, 2006, and 2007.
Legendary Bayhawks attackman John Grant, Jr. earned the Championship MVP honor amassing six goals along with an assist in Chesapeake’s two playoff victories – including four straight tallies over three periods in the final to give the Bayhawks a lead they would not relinquish.
Close defenseman Michael Evans essentially shutdown one of the league’s most potent scorers, Charlotte’s Matt Danowski, and the rest of Chesapeake’s defense managed to contain a Hounds offense that had piled up 17 points in upsetting the previously-unbeaten Denver Outlaws in the other semifinal Saturday.
“We played excellent defense today and I thought our goalie was outstanding,” Bayhawks head coach Dave Cottle said. “Kip Turner really came to play today and made some terrific saves. Michael Evans is a true warrior who fights you to the end.”