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In The News

August 29, 2013
The 2013 season has officially come to a close, but not without its fair share of excitement, including one of the biggest playoff upsets in MLL history, and a new dynasty.  There’s been plenty of talk about MLL Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink and this year’s champions, the Chesapeake Bayhawks.  Below are the stories and what lacrosse media has to say after a busy and thrilling weekend.

Championship Weekend

Lacrosse Championship Weekend at PPL Park(, 8/21/2013)

“PPL Park is set to host the Major League Lacrosse championship weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Chesapeake Bayhawks, and Charlotte Hounds will compete in Chester for the league title and Steinfeld Trophy…” (read more)

Lacrosse to Invade PPL Park(, 8/22/2013)

“PPL Park is set to host the Major League Lacrosse championship weekend on Saturday and Sunday, and four teams will compete in Chester for the league title and Steinfeld Trophy. Tickets for the two-day event can be purchased online at…” (read more)

MLL out to prove it’s not just another league(, 8/24/2013)

“When Dave Gross examined Major League Lacrosse's business plan in 2000, he figured ‘MLL’ would soon join the scrap heap of dimly remembered initials from failed American sports leagues. No chance," Gross, a Massachusetts clothing manufacturer who is now that league's commissioner, said at the time. ‘The world isn't ready for pro lacrosse.’”

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Tweets from MLL Championship Weekend(, 8/24/2013)

“The Major League Lacrosse semifinals will be coming at fans live from PPL Park. If you can't make it to the games — or if you've got your iPad in the crowd and want another look — the most up-to-date place for info will be on Twitter…” (See more)


Observations from Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend (, 8/25/13)

“The 13th summer of Major League Lacrosse wrapped up with Chesapeake winning its second straight Championship on Sunday. An outstanding weekend of lacrosse at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. saw a monumental upset and a close finish on Semifinal Saturday before the veteran Bayhawks prevailed on Sunday. I was there and had these observations from the weekend…” ( Read More)

MLL Championship: Five Stories to Watch Unfold(, 8/25/2013)

“The 2013 Major League Lacrosse championship is set to take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., as the defending Steinfeld Cup winner Chesapeake Bayhawksare set to take on the Charlotte Hounds in what should be a great matchup…” (read more)

MLL Rookies During Championship Weekend(, 8/26/2013)

“The 2013 MLL season has ended with the crowning of the Chesapeake Bayhawks as the league’s champion for the second straight year. That makes it the Bayhawks fifth championship which leads all MLL franchises. How do teams make up a championship squad? Easy, they do it through the draft and the rookies were in full force this weekend at PPL Park in Philadelphia. Rookies such as Tucker Durkin, Eric Law, Jake Tripucka, Mike Sawyer and Jesse Burnhardt all had big weekends for their respective teams. The future is bright for the MLL with this year’s rookie class and here is how all of them fared this weekend…” (read more)

Charlotte Hounds 17, Denver Outlaws 14

Charlotte Hounds stare down unbeaten Outlaws(, 8/23/2013)

“It only took two years for the Charlotte Hounds to make it to the Major League Lacrosse playoffs for the first time.

But Matt Danowski doesn’t think the Hounds will fall into the “happy to be here” trap that often befalls first-year playoff teams when Charlotte faces the undefeated Denver Outlaws in the opening round of the MLL playoffs Saturday in Chester, Pa…” (read more)

Charlotte Hounds topple undefeated Denver to reach first-ever title game(, 8/24/2013)

“The Charlotte Hounds ended the Denver Outlaws’ bid for a perfect season on Saturday with a 17-14 upset of the No. 1 seed at PPL Park to advance to the Major League Lacrosse championship game. It will be the first championship appearance for the second-year team. Hounds rookie and former Charlotte Catholic standout Mike Sawyer was named player of the game after leading the team with four goals, including a 2-pointer…” (read more)

Wings star Brendan Mundorf leads Outlaws into MLL semi-final(, 8/25/2013)

“Denver Outlaws attack Brendan Mundorf raised his black right glove and circled his index finger before walking toward the middle of PPL Park without saying much…” (read more)

Charlotte upsets Denver in MLL semis(, 8/25/2013)

“Charlotte Hounds rookie attack Mike Sawyer just wanted to show the sport his team could do it. When he scored his fourth goal with 5 minutes, 44 seconds left to give the Hounds a 15-12 lead, he sprinted behind the net with his arms raised before he clenched his fists in an emotional release, ending a furious Denver Outlaws push and eventually sending underdog Charlotte to the Major League Lacrosse final with a 17-14 win…” (read more)

Mundorf Healthy as Outlaws Eye Elusive MLL Title(, 8/23/2014)

“Brendan Mundorf was in much better spirits than this time one year ago.

He stood on the grass turf at PPL Park after the Denver Outlaws practiced Friday afternoon, and as he was asked questions about his health, he was able to respond positively…” (read more)

MLL Semifinals: Charlotte Downs Denver 17-14, Advances to Championship Sunday(, 8/24/2013)

“The Charlotte Hounds ended the Denver Outlaws undefeated season with a 17-14 convincing victory at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., in the first of the two Major League Lacrosse semifinals…”  (read more)

MLL Semifinals In-Game Blog: Charlotte Downs Denver(, 8/24/2013)

Recap and relive the Denver Outlaws vs. Charlotte Hounds matchup. (read more)

Snider’s Faceoff Prowess Turns Tables on Denver(LaxMagazine, 8/24/2013)

“Time and time again this season Charlotte Hounds head coach Mike Cerino talked about how a hot faceoff guy would help the team build momentum.

In the Saturday's Major League Lacrosse semifinal matchup against Denver he got just that. Geoff Snider's stellar performance helped propel Charlotte's 17-14 upset win over the previously-undefeated Denver Outlaws at PPL Park…” (read more)

Outlaws Find MLL Playoff Disappointment Again(, 8/24/2013)

“Following an eighth straight year of playoff disappointment, the Denver Outlaws could describe what went wrong, but they had no answer for why their season came to an early end once again…” (read more)

Chesapeake Bayhawks 13, Hamilton Nationals 12

Nationals ready for lacrosse playoff test(, 8/22/2013)

“Fresh off the best season in franchise history, the Hamilton Nationals face a new challenge — Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend.

Held this year at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Championship Weekend sees the Nationals face off against the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the semi-finals on Saturday, with the winner playing in the finals on Sunday…” (read more)

Bayhawks Edge Hamilton, 13-12, to reach Sunday’s MLL championship(, 8/24/2013)

“Major League Lacrosse's version of David vs. Goliath is set. 
The four-time champion Bayhawks will meet the Charlotte Hounds, who are just in their second year of existence, for the title after the No. 2-seeded and reigning champs edged the No. 3 Hamilton Nationals, 13-12, in a semifinal Saturday before an announced 4,228 at PPL Park…” (read more)

Devitte: Bayhawks-Nationals Playoff Primer(, 8/23/2013)

“Semifinal games are, by their nature, hotly contested tilts. But the second semifinal during MLL Championship Weekend is shaping up to be extra spicy. It’s a bit of an understatement to say that the Bayhawks and the Nationals don’t like one another. I mean, the Bayhawks pretty much hate everybody, but they have a special place in their black and cold hearts for Hamilton...” (read more)

MLL Semifinals In-Game Blog: Chesapeake Outlasts Hamilton(, 8/24/2013)

Recap and Relive the Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Hamilton Nationals matchup. (read more)

MLL Semifinals: Chesapeake Edges Hamilton 13-12, Advances to Championship Sunday(, 8/24/2013)

“The Chesapeake Bayhawks edged the Hamilton Nationals 13-12 Saturday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., in a back-and-forth slugfest that saw five lead changes. The second of two semifinals, the contest was capped by Mike Kimmel's goal on a feed from Casey Powell with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter to lift the Bayhawks to victory and send the franchise to its second consecutive Steinfeld Cup appearance…”  (read more)

Championship: Chesapeake Bayhawks 10, Charlotte Hounds 9

Bayhawks to meet familiar foe in Major League Lacrosse title game(, 8/24/2013)

“After a physically and emotionally draining 13-12 victory over the Hamilton Nationals in Saturday’s semifinal of the Major LeagueLacrosse playoffs at PPL Park, the Chesapeake Bayhawks probably won’t have to do much studying on their last opponent of the 2013 season…” (read more)

On the Wings of the Bayhawks(, 8/25/2013)

“When entering a playoff game you never contemplate the possibility of losing,” Philadelphia Wings captain Brodie Merrill once wrote at the close of the Wings' 2012 season, “so when you lose, everything seems to end very abruptly…” (read more)

Experience bests youth as Charlotte Hounds fall in MLL final, 10-9(, 8/25/2013)

“The Charlotte Hounds’ youth carried them to the Major League Lacrosse playoffs and a surprise appearance in the title game.

But it was the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ championship experience that made the difference Sunday, as the mistake-prone Hounds lost 10-9 in the MLL final in Chester, Pa…” (read more)

Bayhawks Claim Second Straight MLL Championship with Win over Charlotte(, 8/25/2013)

“Casey Powell powered the Chesapeake Bayhawks to a 10-9 victory over the Charlotte ... second year of existence. TheBayhawks’ triumph would not have been ... three goals and one assist, and the Bayhawks also got a pair of one-goal, one ...” (read more)

Bayhawks capture lacrosse title at PPL Park(, 8/26/2013)

“As the shot clock was winding down and play became hectic, Matt Mackrides reminded himself to do what he always has done: Just play lacrosse…”
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Chesapeake Repeats as MLL Champions (, 8/25/2013)

“On Sunday August 25 from PPL Park in Chester PA, Major League Lacrosse hosted the Championship game for the 2013 season between the 4th seed Charlotte Hounds against the 2nd seed & defending champion Chesapeake Bay Hawks. Charlotte made the Title game by beating the number 1 seed Denver Outlaws, Chesapeake defeated Hamilton to get back to the title game. The game was broadcasted on ESPN2 with Joe Beninati & Quint Kessenich calling the action…” (read more)

Washburn: Who to Watch for Championship Weekend(, 8/23/2013)

“Success at Championship Weekend often comes down to which team can manage the physical demands of the two-day tournament, and the key to doing that is having a deep roster. Yes, the star power of the weekend is obvious, with the league's top four teams in attendance. While the headliners do have a major impact on who hoists the Steinfeld Cup, role players have been known to steal the show. Just look at the last three-championship weekend Most Valuable Players…” (read more)

Bayhawks Grind it Out, Set Up Old vs. New Title Matchup(, 8/24/2013)

“The 2013 Major League Lacrosse championship game is set, with the second-seeded and defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks facing the fourth-seeded Charlotte Hounds at 3 p.m. ET Sunday (ESPN2) at PPL Park just outside Philadelphia…” (read more)

Grant, Powell Get Band Back Together, lead Bayhawks o MLL Championship(, 8/25/2013)

“John Grant Jr. had been hoping to team back up with Casey Powell for the past few seasons. He recently got what he'd hoped for, and now Grant has his fourth Steinfeld Cup, and Powell his third…” (read more)

Photos: Chesapeake’s Championship Celebration(InsideLacrosse, 8/25/2013)

“It was "Bayhawk time" again at the end of August, as Chesapeake won it's second-consecutive MLL Championship, it's third in four years at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. With a 10-9 victory against the Charlotte Hounds, the Bayhawks once again got their shot to hoist the Steinfeld Trophy...”  (view photos)

In Game Photos: Charlotte vs. Chesapeake(, 8/25/2013)

A day after their tough semifinal battles, the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Charlotte Hounds clashed in MLL Championship. A low scoring but compelling game stayed close until the final whistle, with the Bayhawks pulling out the 10-9 win. The victory gave Chesapeake its second-straight title and third in four years…” (read more)

Devitte: Why the Bayhawks Won the MLL Title(InsideLacrosse, 8/25/2013)

“The Bayhawks won their third championship in four years, defeating the Charlotte Hounds 10-9 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The road to Championship Weekend was more tumultuous than last year’s cruise-controlled joyride — the games were tighter and more nerve-wracking all season. The championship game was an exercise in control for both teams…” (read more)

Bayhawks Win Second Straight Title(, 8/25/2013)

“The Chesapeake Bayhawks are back-to-back Major League Lacrosse champions. The Bayhawks beat the Charlotte Hounds, 10-9, on Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., earning the franchise's fifth Steinfeld Trophy and third in four years…” (read more)

Hounds Proved Tough in First Playoff, and Future Shines Bright(, 8/25/2013)

“The Charlotte Hounds came into Major League Lacrosse's Championship Weekend as the outlier — but they certainly proved they belong…” (read more)

Defense Anchored Bayhawks in Win(, 8/26/2013)

“To be fair, the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ defensive effort in Sunday’s 10-9 victory over the Charlotte Hounds in the Major League Lacrosse championship final at PPL Park was a team-wide one. Defenseman Jesse Bernhardt and long-stick midfielder Barney Ehrmann each scooped up a team-high four ground balls, Ehrmann and Nicky Polanco limited Charlotte midfielders Peet Poillon and Jake Tripucka to a combined one goal and one assist, and defenseman Brian Spallina shut out attackman Matt White…” (read more)

Bayhawks Claim Third Title in Four Years(, 8/25/2013)

“For the first time since 2007, Major League Lacrosse has a repeat champion.

The Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the Charlotte Hounds 10-9 in the MLL championship game Sunday, claiming their second consecutive title and third in four years…” (read more)

Major League Lacrosse’s 2013 season ends with the Chesapeake Bayhawks as Champions again(, 8/25/2013)

“For the third time in four years the Chesapeake Bayhawks raised the Steinfeld Trophy high over their heads when Championship Weekend came to a close. The matchup between the Charlotte Hounds and Chesapeake Bayhawks was a hard fought, physical battle that got both sloppy and chippy a times but in the end had the same result as last season. Dave Cottle and the mixture of veterans and young players he has put together are once again victorious…” (read more)

Winners & Losers: Bayhawks, Old Guys, and IL’s Cover Jinx(, 8/26/2013)

“The Chesapeake Bayhawks are again Major League Lacrosse champions. We enter the gap between the MLL season and fallball, but we've got Team USA tryouts over Labor Day weekend to tide us over…” (read more)

Bayhawks Championship Makes Them a Dynasty(, 8/26/2013)

“What defines a dynasty in professional sports? The credentials can be debated, but we know for sure that the Chesapeake Bayhawks are the MLL’s first dynasty.Major League Lacrosse has existed for 12 years. Since then just one team has won five championships; the Chesapeake Bayhawks. But that’s not even what officially makes the ‘Hawks a dynasty. They have won three of the last four league championships…” (read more)