High-scoring attackman Byrne to make season debut for Bayhawks

Bill Wagner
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High-scoring attackman Josh Byrne will be back in the starting lineup when the Chesapeake Bayhawks face the Denver Outlaws on Sunday afternoon (5 p.m.) at Sports Authority Field.

Byrne burst on the scene last season by setting a Major League Lacrosse rookie record by scoring 39 goals. That surpassed the previous mark by a first-year player of 34 that was set by Kieran McArdle of the Florida Launch in 2014.

Byrne was named MLL Rookie of the Year after leading the league in goals scored and finished tied for 10th with 46 points despite playing in just nine of 14 games. The left-handed attackman was selected by the Bayhawks in the third round (19th overall) of the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft out of Hofstra University.

Byrne was unavailable to play in Chesapeake’s three games to date because he was playing professional indoor lacrosse. Byrne amassed 63 points on 26 goals and 37 assists in his rookie campaign with the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League.

“Josh is athletic and skilled – just a good overall player,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “Josh was very productive as a rookie and we’re hoping he’ll be even better after gaining valuable MLL experience.”

Byrne bolsters a Bayhawks attack that has struggled to develop chemistry this season due to moving parts. Matt Danowski has played in two of three games while Steele Stanwick has appeared in just one contest.

Left-hander Nathan Lewnes (St. Mary’s High) has started all three games on the right side while second-year pro Colin Heacock has been playing attack after working in the midfield as a rookie.

Cottle also announced that Chesapeake has placed starting goalie Brian Phipps (Severn School, Maryland) on injured reserve with a bad shoulder. Niko Amato, who played the second half of the May 3rd loss to Charlotte, replaced Phipps and started the majority of games for the Bayhawks in 2017.

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