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National Lacrosse League: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Graduates Cameron Flint And Eric Law Selected 4th And 28th Overall In 2013 NLL Entry Draft

Denver Men's Lacrosse Flint and Law NLL Draft

Former University of Denver standouts Cameron Flint and Eric Law were selected in the 2013 National Lacrosse League’s Entry Draft, held at the Toronto Rock Athletic Center (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario this week.
Flint was chosen as the fourth overall pick in the first round by the Minnesota Swarm, while Law was drafted by the Toronto Rock as the 28th overall pick in the third round.
Minnesota came into the draft with the fifth overall pick, but packaged it along with defenseman Nik Bilic to the Edmonton Rush in exchange for the fourth overall pick. The Swarm used that selection on Flint, who is an athletic midfielder. As team co-captain of the Pioneers in 2013, Flint notched a team-high 37 goals and was a USILA First Team All-American. Flint, who is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, spent the 2013 summer season playing for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
A co-captain and three-year starter, Law led the Pioneers with 75 points off 40 goals and 35 assists. He led all DU active players with 146 career points off 83 goals and 66 assists. He was named to the 2013 All-ECAC Second Team. This summer, Law played outdoor lacrosse for the Denver Outlaws, enjoying a phenomenal rookie season including a 9-goal game in their MLL semifinal loss.


National Lacrosse League: Colorado Mammoth Select Bellarmine Goalie Dillon Ward With 3rd Pick; No Goalie Selected This High Since 1999 Draft

Colorado Mammoth

The Mammoth picked third and snatched the best goalie available, Dillon Ward (Bellarmine). Brilliant move by GM Steve Govett. Ward, all six-foot-five of him, is a big-game stopper. He was tournament MVP when he helped the Orangeville Northmen win the 2012 Canadian junior title and, playing summer ball in Kitchener, Ontario, he had better stats than teammate Mike Poulin, who is the No. 1 starter for Calgary’s NLL club.
”Dillon Ward is our future in goaltending along with Tye Belanger,” said head coach Bob Hamley. ”We’re pretty excited to get a guy like that with the resume he has _ Minto Cups and all-America at Bellarmine. So we’re excited to have him.”
No goalie since former Mammoth stopper Gee Nash, the No. 2 pick in 1999, had been selected as high as Ward.
The Mammoth weren’t up again until the fourth round.
”We traded out of the second round previously to get Drew Westervelt (from Philadelphia),” said Hamley. ”We’re pretty excited to have Drew.”
He’s a key addition for the Mammoth, an accomplished 30-goal scorer, thus well worth relinquishing two second-round picks.


Major League Lacrosse: 2012 MLL Expansion Draft Preview With Quint Kessenich And Evan Washburn (Video)

In part two of our MLL Expansion Draft Preview show MLL experts Quint Kessenich and Evan Washburn break down each team’s needs and where each player will fit best.

Major League Lacrosse: A “Team By Team” Review Of The 2011 MLL Draft

The 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft will take place on January 13 in Philadelphia, PA where the top NCAA players will be drafted by professional coaches and general managers of the league's eight teams. Each year they are charged with the responsibility of judging which collegiate players will make an impactful transition to the pro level. Sometimes stars emerge. Sometimes they don’t measure up.MLL takes you back to the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft to see how the six teams made their selections and how each rookie performed last season.

Boston Cannons

Shamel Bratton (Virginia) went in the first round and was a risky choice following a tumultuous career at the University of Virginia where he was ultimately removed from Dom Starsia’s team. However, of all the offensive threats emerging from the collegiate level, Bratton was one of the biggest weapons and the Cannons believed he would benefit the team. Despite his absence from the 2011 MLL season, the Cannons went on to win the elusive Steinfeld Trophy. 

Long stick midfielder Brian Farrell (Maryland) was drafted in the third round (the 12thoverall selection). Though some speculated Farrell would be superfluous with Kyle Sweeney’s dominant defensive presence, he proved to be a staple in the Cannons road to victory.  In Farrell’s 2011 season he appeared in nine total games, registering 6 goals, 3 assists, 27 groundballs and was named the Cannons Rookie of the Year.

Josh Amidon (Syracuse) was the Cannons’ second round pick but didn’t see any game time in 2011. John Lade (Syracuse), the 4th round selection, only saw action in 3 games and was recently traded to the Rochester Rattlers for draft picks. Kevin Kaminski (Delaware) and Pat Dowling (Delaware) were also drafted by Boston but each dressed for only one game. Of all the drafted players, only Brian Farrell remains on the 12 man protected list heading into the 2012 season.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

Last season the Chesapeake Bayhawks were the reigning MLL Champions after they took the Steinfeld Trophy in the 2010 Championship Game against the Long Island Lizards. Their first selection wasn’t made until midway through the draft with the 24th pick. Barney Ehrmann (Georgetown) was their first choice, a solid defender standing at 6’6”. He played in ten total games last season and recorded 29 groundballs for the Bayhawks.

Steve DeNapoli (Hofstra), a short stick defensive specialist saw action in 5 games and scooped 16 groundballs and added 1 assist on the year.

Dan Hostetler (Georgetown) saw action in 4 regular season games and in the semi final game totaling 6 groundballs.

Ehrmann is the only one from this draft class that made the 12 man protected list for the 2012 season.

Denver Outlaws

The Denver Outlaws (who tied for 1st place in the regular season for the past two years) entered the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft with the 1st overall selection, bring Billy Bitter (North Carolina) on board as the first overall pick. Last season Bitter proved that he can run with the big guns, contributing to a powerful attack in Denver including Brendan Mundorf and Drew Westervelt (who was recently traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks). In 10 total games Bitter notched 20 points (15 goals, 5 assists). The Outlaws recently announced a drastic move in trading Bitter and shut down defensemen Brett Schmidt (Maryland) to the Charlotte Hounds for the 3rd and 6th  round selections in the 2012 MLL Expansion Draft and the 5th  round selection in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft.

Grant Catalino (Maryland) had an amazing NCAA run with his combined size and talent but the Outlaws decided to trade him to the Rochester Rattlers, where he scored 17 (four 2-point goals) goals and added two assists for 23 points in only eight games as a rookie. He also had nine goals in one game, tying for the league record for most goals scored in a single game.

The Outlaws initially placed Bitter and Schmidt on their 12-Man Protected Lists but now that they’ll both sport Charlotte Hounds jerseys, the Outlaws only have 10 protected players entering the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft.

Hamilton Nationals

Following the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft, MLL Analyst Quint Kessenich graded The Nationals’ draft choices as the best in the league. The Nationals had ten total picks including two in the 1st round, and two in 3rd round. Kevin Crowley (Stony Brook) was perhaps the most highly anticipated NCAA player to join MLL. Despite a slow start, Crowley put up 22 points in 12 games for MLL.

The Nationals found a star in their final selection, Jeremy Boltus (Army), who had the most production out of their draftees with 30 points in the regular season, good for second on the team. He also tallied 3 points in two playoff games. After the 2011 season Boltus walked away with league-wide honors as Cascade Rookie of the Year. Boltus was not protected by the Hamilton Nationals and may not play in 2012 due to his service in the Army.

David Earl (Notre Dame), had 22 points (17 goals, 1 2-pt goal, and 4 assists) in just 10 games. Ryan Flanagan (North Carolina) was an All-American that missed the season due to multiple surgeries throughout the summer to repair shattered bones in both feet and a sports hernia. He has since been traded to the Charlotte Hounds and will play with former teammate Billy Bitter. Stephen Keogh only dressed for three games and totaled 7 points. Jeremy Thompson (Syracuse), who was the Nationals’ second pick, played in 7 games and notched 10 points. The Nationals named three 2011 rookies to their 12-man protected list: Crowley, Earl and Thompson.

Long Island Lizards

The Lizards contended for the championship game in 2010 before falling to Chesapeake after being on a 6 game winning streak. The Lizards took Zach Brenneman (Notre Dame) as their first selection. Brenneman played in nine games and recorded a mere 5 points.

Jay Card (Hofstra) and Ryan Young (Maryland) served as the point leader from the 2011 Lizards’ Collegiate Draft Class. Young played in 6 games while Card played in 9 games with the Lizards. Card has recently been traded to the Rochester Rattlers for an 18th overall pick in the 2012 MLL Draft.

Brian Karalunas (Villanova) played in 11 games and picked up 24 groundballs, good for second on the team. Karalunas had a great year playing defense, winning Defensive Player of the Week on June 19, 2011 after he posted a season-high seven ground balls.

Rhamel Bratton was drafted as the third round selection but never committed to playing for the team. Bratton may have been a spark that the Lizards lacked the past season.

Brenneman, Young, and Karalunas made the 12-Man Protected List.

Rochester Rattlers

A whopping seven of 12 protected players were part of the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft Class, whether they were originally drafted or came through trades. Joel White (Syracuse) is an outstanding long stick midfielder who raked in 71 groundballs, good for first on the team and second in the league, and netted three goals.

Jordan McBride (Stony Brook), put up 19 points in 7 games as an attackman, but has been left off of the 12-Man Protected List. Jovan Miller (Syracuse) played in 7 games and recorded 8 points and is known as a solid two-way midfielder. John Galloway (Syracuse) was drafted as the Rattlers 4th  pick stepped up big taking responsibility for first string goalie after playing in 10 games. Galloway looks to be the go-to for goalie next season as the only protected goalie. The young Rattlers look to improve from their last place standing by keeping their young talented players.

For more:  http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/news/3921/2011-mll-draft-lookback/

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Coach John Desko Comments On The MLL Draft Where 7 Of His Seniors Were Chosen (Video)

After seven Orange seniors were selected and drafted into Major League Lacrosse teams, Syracuse head coach John Desko told the team that its time to focus on the task at hand, to bring a national championship back to Syracuse. Days after the draft was held, CitrusTV’s David DeGuzman spoke to the drafted seniors and coach Desko to see if the draft had any effect on Syracuse’s mentality as the season approaches.

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Draft Features Stony Brook Middie Kevin Crowley Selected #1 As Syracuse Has Seven Players Selected Followed By Notre Dame And Maryland With Five Each

Senior midfielder Kevin Crowley (New Westminster H.S./New Westminster, B.C.) of Stony Brook University was selected by the Hamilton Nationals with the first overall pick in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft held at the Power Plant on Friday evening.

Honored as the Division I Preseason Player of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine, Crowley became the first player in Stony Brook men’s lacrosse history to earn first team All-America honors after scoring 51 goals with 26 assists. The 2010 America East Conference Player of the Year, he led NCAA Division I by averaging 4.53 points per game and scored a goal in 16 of 17 games.

The recipient of the Enners Award by the USILA, Crowley enters his senior season needing just 26 points to break the Seawolves’ career scoring record. He has 101 career goals with 75 assists in three seasons.

  • With the second overall selection, the Rochester Rattlers selected senior defenseman Joel White (Cortland H.S./Cortland, N.Y.) from Syracuse University. White, a first team USILA All-America selection, was the recipient of the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin, Jr. Award as the nation’s best midfielder. He led the Orange with 78 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. He ranked seventh in the nation in caused turnovers with a 2.07 average and ranked 15th with a 5.2 ground ball per game average.
  • A two-time first team All-America selection for the University of North Carolina, senior attackman Billy Bitter (Deerfield Academy/Manhasset, N.Y.) was picked by the Denver Outlaws with the third overall selection. Bitter, who scored 22 goals with 22 assists, was the first Tar Heel selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year after leading North Carolina to the NCAA Tournament quarter-finals.
  • University of Virginia senior midfielder Shamel Bratton (Huntington H.S./Huntington Station, N.Y.) was taken by the Long Island Lizards with the fourth overall selection in the draft. One of 13 Virginia players to earn first team All-America honors twice, Bratton played in 18 games for the Cavaliers last year and scored 24 goals with 17 assists. With 69 career goals, he ranks ninth among midfielders on Virginia’s all-time scoring list.
  • A first team All-America selection, University of Notre Dame senior midfielder Zach Brenneman (East Hampton H.S./East Hampton, N.Y.) was selected by the Long Island Lizards with the fifth pick in the opening round. The leading scorer for the Fighting Irish, Brenneman helped Notre Dame reach the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship Game and led the team in scoring with 29 goals and 13 assists. Brenneman will begin his senior year with 56 career goals and 22 assists.
  • Syracuse senior midfielder Jeremy Thompson (Lafayette H.S./Nedrow, N.Y.) was picked with the sixth overall selection by the Nationals. A second team USILA All-America selection, Thompson scored 15 goals with eight assists while starting all 15 games. He won 58.2 per cent of his face-off attempts, which led the Big East Conference, and ranked third on the team with 46 ground balls. He tallied eight multi-point games, including a career-high five points against Villanova after scoring three goals with two assists.

The Orange led all schools with seven players selected while Maryland and Notre Dame each had five players drafted.

For more:  http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/press-release/1956/mll-draft-results/

Major League Lacrosse: MLL’s Decision To Hold Lacrosse Draft In January Is Controversial As It Could Be “A Big Distraction For Seniors As It Detracts From The College Experience” (Video)

After last month’s announcement that Major League Lacrosse will hold its draft in January instead of June, Syracuse University senior lacrosse players are looking forward to finding out their future in the sport before beginning their final season. CitrusTV’s David DeGuzman talks to players and head coach John Desko about the pros and cons of the early draft date.