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Bayhawks trade 3 midfielders to Launch for 2013 MVP Crowley

Four days after losing a late lead against the Ohio Machine and falling into last place in Major League Lacrosse, the Chesapeake Bayhawks made a move geared toward the future.

In the lone deal Tuesday before the trade deadline, the Bayhawks (3-7) acquired midfielder Kevin Crowley and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 MLL college draft from the Florida Launch in exchange for midfielders Steven Brooks, David Earl and Jon Hayes.

Crowley was an All-Star this season, but his numbers are down from a year ago, when the British Columbia native was chosen as Player of the Year after finishing with 38 goals (three 2-pointers) and 14 assists. In the inaugural season for the Florida Launch, Crowley has 12 goals and five assists for 17 points in eight games. Crowley was chosen first overall from Stony Brook by the franchise, which was then the Hamilton Nationals, in the 2011 college draft. In his first three years, he had 112 total points (76 goals and 33 assists). In 2013, he helped the Nationals to their best record (9-5) since coming into the league.

“Kevin Crowley was last year’s league MVP, and he has exceptional chemistry playing with Joe Walters,” Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle said in a news release. “His size and ability off the ball will be an added complement to the players we already have. And the icing on the cake is picking up a fourth-round collegiate pick for next year, which will help us when we look to rebuild in the draft.”

Walters, a former All-American at Maryland, leads the Bayhawks with 24 points after being traded by the Launch in the offseason. Chesapeake has four games left, including contests against the squads with the three best records.

Since joining the Bayhawks in 2011, Brooks had 51 goals (seven 2-pointers) and 26 assists in 41 games, but his production had dropped off this season to 10 points in eight games. He was a key part of the team’s championships in 2012 and 2013 and was twice an All-Star. Hayes and Earl were in their first season with the Bayhawks and had seen limited action.

“This is one of the toughest trades I’ve ever had to make,” said Cottle. “Steven Brooks is a great teammate and an even better person. I hope this gives him the opportunity to dress the rest of the season for Florida."

The Bayhawks will be without Crowley and several other starters in their next game, May 17 in Annapolis against the Rochester Rattlers (7-3), because of the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships. The event begins Thursday in Commerce City, Colo., with the United States facing Canada in pool play at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Crowley will compete for the Canadian national team; attackman Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph), midfielders Matt Abbott and Dan Burns (Maryland, Severna Park), and defensemen Jesse Bernhardt (Maryland) and Michael Evans (Johns Hopkins, South River) will represent the United States.

With those six Bayhawks starters out for next week's game, the team said several players will come off injured reserve and return to the lineup: midfielder Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding), faceoff specialist Adam Rand and defenseman Brian Spallina.

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