ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Chesapeake Bayhawks have added one of the finest playmakers in Major League Lacrosse, landing Steele Stanwick in an offseason trade with the Ohio Machine.
Stanwick was acquired from Ohio in exchange for Chesapeake's second round selection in the 2019 Collegiate Draft. The Baltimore native gives the Bayhawks a talented creator and feeder as Stanwick has always been known as the consummate set-up man throughout his highly-decorated career.
"Steele is the type of player that makes everyone on the team better. He is an outstanding passer and dynamic playmaker," Chesapeake General Manager
Dave Cottle said. "Steele has always been a very unselfish player and does a tremendous job of setting up shooters. Steele is a great person and a great teammate, which is something you hear from anyone who has ever played with him over the years."
Stanwick grew up in the Roland Park area of Baltimore and played his high school ball at Loyola-Blakefield. The 6-foot, 180-pounder was a four-year starter and three-time All-American at the University of Virginia, earning the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's best player in 2011 and the Jack Turnbull Award as the top attackman in Division I in 2012.
Stanwick, a first team All-American as both a junior and senior, graduated as Virginia's all-time leading scorer with 269 total points on 126 goals and 143 assists. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2009 and the ACC Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.
Ohio made Stanwick the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 Collegiate Draft and he made an immediate impact in Major League Lacrosse, leading all rookies with 17 assists. He consistently ranked among the MLL assist leaders throughout his tenure with the Machine, finishing third in 2013 and fourth in 2014.
Stanwick has amassed 168 points in just 55 MLL games spanning five seasons. He did not play last season while focusing on duties as an assistant with the Johns Hopkins University women's lacrosse program and Stanwick Lacrosse LLC.
"I am certainly excited to join the Bayhawks, the pro team I grew up watching and rooting for as a kid," Stanwick said. "I was a Bayhawks fan and went to a lot of games when I was young so to be able to put on that uniform and represent my hometown is pretty cool. It's a great organization with great history."
Stanwick is entering his fifth season as an assistant to
Janine Tucker at Hopkins, serving in the role of offensive coordinator. He joins a Bayhawks squad that is loaded with shooters such as attackman
Josh Byrne and midfielder
Myles Jones and figures to share playmaking duties with dynamic attackman
"I've always been that offensive quarterback type of player. I try to get the team organized on offense and get everyone involved," Stanwick said. "My job has typically been to put others in a position to be successful. I enjoy setting up someone else to score more than scoring myself."
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