Bayhawks send Cottle out on a high note


Bayhawks send Cottle out on a high note

Midfielder Joe Walters led the way for Chesapeake on Saturday, recording seven points in the team's 15-13 win over the Charlotte Hounds in the season finale.

The Bayhawks were already eliminated from playoff contention, but they still had plenty to play for as head coach Dave Cottle told the team on Friday that Saturday would be his last as head coach.

"Coach Cottle is one of the most iconic figures in the game of lacrosse and we definitely wanted to get a win for him in his last game coaching the Bayhawks," said veteran defenseman Michael Evans. They did just that thanks largely to the fantastic effort of Walters.

Walters tallied five assists while also scoring two goals for a game-high seven points.

"I pride myself on sharing the ball and setting up my teammates. I got five assists because people were finishing tonight," Walters said.

Walters played for Cottle at the University of Maryland and making sure his coach went out on top was clearly a motivating factor for him Saturday.

"I have huge respect and love for Coach Cottle," Walters said. "I'm grateful to have played for him in both college and the pros. We'll miss having him on the sideline."

The Bayhawks also got major contributions from attackman Drew Westervelt (three goals, two assists), attackman Ben Rubeor (four goals, one assist), midfielder Matt Abbott (one goal, two assists) and Matt Danowski (two goals).

Despite trailing 13-11 in the fourth quarter, Chesapeake was able to battle back and avoid taking a fifth-straight loss. A late rally saw the Bayhawks score four goals in the last half of the fourth quarter while holding the Hounds scoreless.

"We've lost so many games in the fourth quarter this season," Walters said. "To be down by two in the fourth and come back to win by two just shows the character of this team."

"This was one of my favorite teams to coach. They fight their tails off every time out," Cottle said.

Cottle joined the Bayhawks organization as a consultant in 2010 and has been with the team every since, taking over as president and head coach prior to the 2012 season. He led the team to consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013 and is the first Major League Lacrosse coach to pass 100 career wins.

Cottle intends to remain with the organization as president.

But Saturday night was not about the future, it was about finding a way to get just one more win for the team he loves.

"I'm happy for the players that we finished the season on a positive note," he said. "It was never about me, it was about the team."

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'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

Zach Brown is a fearless player. Turns out, Zach Brown's dad is pretty fearless, too.

That first statement is one you can confirm by watching the Redskins linebacker play each time he takes the field, often times hurt.

The second statement, on the other hand, was confirmed earlier this week in an interview between Brown and JP Finlay about the Washington-Dallas rivalry.

"It got under our skin, knowing we got swept by them [last year]," the defender told Finlay after a weekday practice. "You just hate to go back home and hear them talk so much trash."

The leader of the brave "them" who actually taunt a 250-pound LB following a loss? Oh, just Brown's father, who's a diehard Cowboys supporter.

"My dad was giving it to me," he said while looking back on the 2017 season. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. Next year's gonna be a different movement.'"

"I'm gonna talk trash at the end of this season," Brown added. "It's a house divided."

Adrian Peterson knows what Brown's talking about. The Texas native even went as far as to break down exactly how his own house is divided.

According to him, 75-percent of his family are all about the Cowboys, 10-percent are looking for him to put up good numbers in a 'Boys victory and the final 15-percent have converted to the burgundy and gold.

Rookie corner Greg Stroman can relate as well. The Virginia kid who'll be making his debut in the series he's very familiar with said his grandma and her relatives fall on both sides of the matchup.

Stroman does have one advantage over Brown and Peterson, though. Unlike the two veterans, he was able to get his entire family's rooting interests in order for Sunday, at least.

"They all bought in now," he said.

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Three things to watch for Wizards' first matchup with Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors

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Three things to watch for Wizards' first matchup with Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors

John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

Here are three things to watch...

Will Howard play?

Once again, we await word from head coach Scott Brooks on the status of Dwight Howard. Howard, who missed all of the Wizards' preseason with a piriformis injury, was a gametime decision for the opener on Thursday. He ended up not playing, but appeared very close to finally making his debut.

Saturday night could be a different story, though we won't know until shortly before gametime. The Wizards' training staff will evaluate him pregame and make the call. If he can't go, Ian Mahinmi will get the nod as starter like he did against Miami.

Need more Otto

Though it wasn't the reason why the Wizards lost to the Heat, it certainly stood out in the box score how Otto Porter Jr. went without a three-point attempt in the opener. Porter finished third in three-point percentage last season with a 44.1 clip. He simply has to be more involved in the offense.

It will be interesting to see what adjustment the Wizards make to create more opportunities for Porter, and how Porter responds. All parties involved insist it is a mix of several factors, including a need for Porter to simply be more aggressive. That won't be easy against a tough Raptors defense, but expect Porter to get up plenty of threes in this one.

First look at Leonard

The Wizards know this team well, having just seen them in the playoffs in the spring. But the Raptors have a major difference this season with perennial All-NBA selection Kawhi Leonard swapped in for DeMar DeRozan.

It was the biggest trade of the offseason and now the Wizards get to see the new version of Toronto for the first time. Though Leonard only played eight games last season due to injury, he is off to a strong start so far in this one.

Through two games, Leonard is averaging 27.5 pints and 11.0 rebounds. He just dropped 31 in a win over the Celtics on Friday night. This is his first back-to-back, so that could play a factor.

The Raptors also got guard Danny Green in the deal and he's averaging 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals while shooting 50 percent from three so far. Getting him in the trade was a very underrated move by Toronto.