Chesapeake made history on Sunday, becoming the first franchise in Major League Lacrosse history to record 100 regular season victories. A significant number of those wins, not to mention three MLL championships, have come since Brendan Kelly took over as owner in 2010.
"That is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks to the commitment to excellence and consistency of success of this organization," Bayhawks head coach Dave Cottle said.
The coach has been quite proud of his players so far as Chesapeake is off to an undefeated start. The Bayhawks will look to improve to 3-0 when they host the Ohio Machine on Sunday (4 p.m.) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"I think our guys have really bought into the philosophy of playing with great energy, effort and enthusiasm," Cottle said. "I think we have an intelligent team that has minimized mistakes and executed the game-plan."
Some stats stand out for the Bayhawks, according to Cottle:
- Averaging just 10 turnovers per game
- 100 percent on clearing the ball (57 for 57)
"We are making good decisions. Coaches always say that you can't defend a broken clear. We're not giving up the second chance opportunities that come from that."
Clock management has also been a plus for Chesapeake in the arly going.
"When it's time to play fast and get a good shot we have done that. When it's time to play slow and make a team defend for the entire 60 seconds we have done that," he said.
Ohio comes to Annapolis with an 0-2 record, having lost to the New York Lizards (14-8) and the Denver Outlaws (14-13). Despite the slow start, Ohio boasts one of the best midfields in MLL, so the Bayhawks will need to be ready for gametime.
Come early, bring the family and enjoy the entire game day experience starting with the Lexus VIP Pregame Tailgate that is open to all ticket holders beginning at 2pm. Rockwall, inflatables, live music and more are sure to make a great family day in Annapolis. Tickets start at $10 and kids under five years old are free! For more information visit www.thebayhawks.com or call 866-99-HAWKS.