Corey McLaughlin's MLL Season Preview

Major League Lacrosse turned the rookie draft on its head this year, holding it not only for the first time before the start of the MLL season, but also before the start of the spring college season.

In January, MLL's six teams drafted college seniors whose eligibility would run out at end of this college season. Those players still had a year to play, so general managers and coaches hoped players stayed healthy and watched this spring with intrigue. With the MLL season beginning Saturday for all six teams, draftees will soon join the pro league if their college seasons are already over, or will get set to join teams once they end.

Here's a look at the 2011 MLL season — with a rookie emphasis.

Hamilton Nationals

The Nationals hope the addition of top overall pick Kevin Crowley plus the return of Joe Walters will jumpstart their midfield... [MORE]

Rochester Rattlers

The revamped Rattlers will look to rebuild around Central New York product Joel White... [MORE]

Denver Outlaws

Jack McBride's gone. Steve Serling's questionable. Billy Bitter has to stay healthy. Denver was snake-bitten most by a preseason draft... [MORE]


Boston Cannons

Will Shamel Bratton play for the Boston Cannons this summer? That remains to be seen. An affirmative answer would mean a loaded midfield... [MORE]

Long Island Lizards

At 6-foot-3, 215-pounds and being lefthanded, Zach Brenneman fits the prototype of a successful MLL midfielder... [MORE]

Chesapeake Bayhawks

With a veteran defense in place, the Bayhawks need not rush Barney Ehrmann into action. His speed and handle might demand it... [MORE]

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