January 22, 2011

Seven Syracuse Players Chosen in MLL Draft

from press release

BALTIMORE – The recognition for Syracuse's Class of 2011 continued on Friday, Jan. 21 as seven Orange seniors were picked in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Syracuse's seven selections were the most of any school and the Orange had four players go in the first 10 picks. Team co-captain and long-stick midfielder Joel White (Cortland, N.Y.) was the Orange's highest selection, going second overall to the Rochester Rattlers.

In addition to White, midfielder Jeremy Thompson (Nedrow, N.Y.) was also selected in the first round. He was taken sixth overall by the Hamilton (formerly Toronto) Nationals. Midfielder Jovan Miller (Syracuse, N.Y.) was the third Syracuse player taken. He was selected by Rochester with the second pick in the second round (eighth overall). The Orange's other second-round pick was midfielder Josh Amidon (Lafayette, N.Y.), who was selected 10th overall by the Boston Cannons.

In the third round, close defenseman John Lade (Randolph, N.J.) was selected with the fourth pick (16th overall) by Boston.

Like White and Miller, goalie John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) was taken by Rochester. He went in the fourth round (20th overall) and was the first goalkeeper picked in the draft.

Attackman Stephen Keogh (Toronto, Ontario) was the final Syracuse player taken. He was selected with the first pick in the fifth round by Hamilton (25th overall).

The Orange's current seniors represent one of the most decorated classes in Syracuse's illustrious lacrosse history. All seven players picked Friday night earned All-America honors following their junior seasons. White, Galloway and Lade were 2010 first-team All-America selections. Thompson was a second-team choice. Miller received third-team honors and Amidon and Keogh earned honorable mention nods. On top of the individual honors, the group has led the Orange to two NCAA titles in three years and 45 total victories.

White became the first defensive specialist to win the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as nation's best midfielder in 2010. He enters his senior season as SU's career leader in points by a defensive player (22). He has recorded 204 ground balls in three seasons, including a team-best 78 last year.

Thompson scored 15 goals and passed out eight assists in 2010, his first season with the Orange. He won 58.2 percent (78-134) of his faceoffs and earned first-team All-BIG EAST recognition as a specialty player and second-team honors as an at-large selection.

A member of the 2010 All-BIG EAST First Team, Miller contributed 21 points, including 15 goals, last season. He was also second on the team with 48 ground balls. Miller has 21 goals and 39 points heading into his senior campaign.

Amidon was SU's top scoring midfielder in 2010. He finished with 27 points on 14 goals and 13 assists. For his career, Amidon has 56 points, including 33 goals.

Lade appeared in 12 games in 2010 and ranked second on the team to White with 22 caused turnovers. Lade also collected 32 ground balls, while usually marking the opposing team's top attackman.

Last season, Galloway became the first Orange goalie to win the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the country's top goalkeeper, and he was the first SU netminder since 1925 to earn first-team All-America honors. Galloway led the nation with a 7.16 goals-against average a year ago and he is the program's career leader in that category (7.55). He ranks 10th on the school's all-time saves list with 454.

Keogh earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors last season after leading the Orange with 31 goals. Keogh has 100 career goals and 113 career points. He is the team's active leader in both categories.

Friday night's draft featured eight rounds and 48 total selections by the league's six teams. It was held at the Power Plant, located a block from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and broadcast live on ESPN3.com.

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