January 13, 2012

Pannell, Stanwick, Manley Top Picks in MLL Draft

Seibald dealt to Long Island in draft night deal

by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com

As expected, Rob Pannell went first overall to the Long Island Lizards in the MLL collegiate draft Friday night at the US Lacrosse National Convention.
© Dave Burbank

PHILADELPHIA – Pannell or Stanwick? That was the question in college lacrosse last year, so it's no surprise that Cornell's Rob Pannell and Virginia's Steele Stanwick found themselves at the top of the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft on Friday night. The draft was held at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott as part of the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion.

Pannell, the USILA Player of the Year last season and Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year for 2012, went No. 1 overall to the Long Island Lizards.

Stanwick, the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner who led Virginia to the national championship, went No. 2 to the expansion Ohio Machine.

Those moves were expected, but the biggest news of the night was Denver trading Team USA star Max Seibald to Long Island for the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, midfielder Christian Pastirik and Long Island's fourth round pick in the 2013 collegiate draft.

Denver used the pick to grab University of Denver attackman Mark Matthews and then followed that up by nabbing Virginia's Colin Briggs with its regular selection two picks later. Matthews had a 70-point season (46g, 24a) to lead Denver to its first final four last year, and Briggs was the star of the NCAA championship game after pouring in five goals in Virginia's 9-7 victory over Maryland.

"You have to take a lot of things into consideration in the MLL, where a guy's working, all of that comes into play," said Denver general manager Tony Seaman. "We had to do that with Max. We're disappointed to lose him, but we're excited to get (midfielders) Colin Briggs and Kevin Vaughan and also Mark Matthews. I think we had a strong midfield draft."

The addition of Pannell and Seibald will be a significant boost for the Long Island offense, which traded attackman Matt Danowski and midfielder Stephen Berger to Charlotte this offseason.

Duke defenseman Mike Manley went No. 3 overall to Rochester and he was one of four Blue Devils to go in the first nine picks of the draft. Longstick midfielder C.J. Costabile (No. 5, Chesapeake), midfielder Robert Rotanz (No. 8, Ohio) and midfielder Justin Turri (No. 9, Charlotte) rounded out the quartet of Duke selections.

Also going in the first round was Princeton defenseman Chad Wiedmaier. Wiedmaier went No. 7 overall to Hamilton.

The MLL season begins on April 28.

The complete list of draft picks:

Round 1

1. Long Island – Rob Pannell, A, Cornell
2. Ohio – Steele Stanwick, A, Virginia
3. Rochester – Mike Manley, D, Duke
4. Denver – Mark Matthews, A, Denver
5. Chesapeake – C.J. Costabile, LSM, Duke
6. Denver – Colin Briggs, M, Virginia
7. Hamilton – Chad Wiedmaier, D, Princeton
8. Ohio – Robert Rotanz, M, Duke

Round 2

9. Charlotte – Justin Turri, M, Duke
10. Chesapeake – Tyler Fiorito, G, Princeton
11. Rochester – Roy Lang, M, Cornell
12. Hamilton – Jake Bernhardt, M, Maryland
13. Rochester – Kevin Drew, M, Syracuse
14. Denver – Kevin Vaughan, M, Harvard
15. Boston – Chris Boland, A, Johns Hopkins
16. Ohio – Anthony Biscardi, M, Massachusetts

Round 3

17. Rochester – Joe Cummings, M, Maryland
18. Long Island – Sam Bradman, M, Salisbury
19. Boston – Kevin Cunningham, A, Villanova
20. Charlotte – Mark Manos, G, Drexel
21. Ohio – Bill Eisenreich, M, Bucknell
22. Chesapeake – Jimmy Dunster, M, North Carolina
23. Hamilton – Jack McBride, A, North Carolina
24. Ohio - Alex Demopoulos, A, Denver

Round 4

25. Rochester - Bobby Datillo, M, Hobart
26. Chesapeake – Matt Mackrides, A, Penn State
27. Chesapeake - Grant Kaleikau, A, Delaware
28. Long Island – Tommy Palasek, A, Syracuse
29. Charlotte – Chris Bocklet, A, Virginia
30. Denver – Tom Celentani, D, Massachusetts
31. Hamilton – Matt Lovejoy, D, Virginia
32. Boston – Mark Staines, LSM, North Carolina

Round 5

33. Denver – Steve Serling, M, Hofstra
34. Ohio – Bobby Eillers, M, Syracuse
35. Rochester – Tim Henderson, D, Army
36. Long Island – Kyle Moeller, D, Stony Brook
37. Boston – Will Koshansky, LSM, Penn
38. Chesapeake – Matt Gibson, A, Yale
39. Hamilton – Joe Resitarits, A, Albany
40. Boston – Chris Clements, D, Virginia

Round 6

41. Charlotte – Dan DiMaria, LSM, Harvard
42. Ohio – Chris Langton , M, Cornell
43. Rochester – Carter Bender, A, Hartford
44. Denver – Stephen Robarge, M, VMI
45. Chesapeake – Drew Snider, M, Maryland
46. Denver – John Cunningham, D, Princeton
47. Hamilton – Brock Sorensen, LSM, Ohio State
48. Boston – J.J. Gilbane, M, Cornell

Round 7

49. Charlotte – Kevin Randall, D, Notre Dame
50. Ohio – Marshall Burkhart, M, Johns Hopkins
51. Rochester – Charlie McComas, D, North Carolina
52. Long Island – Charlie Streep, M, Bucknell
53. Chesapeake – Brent Adams, M, Fairfield
54. Denver – Charlie Cipriano, G, Fairfield
55. Hamilton – Kiel Matisz, M, Robert Morris
56. Boston – Greg Mahoney, M, Yale

Round 8

57. Charlotte – Joe Vitale, M, Adelphi
58. Ohio – Austin Bright, A, Bellarmine
59. Rochester – Thomas Wood, A, North Carolina
60. Long Island – Robbie Campbell, M, Stony Brook
61. Chesapeake – John Austin, M, Delaware
62. Denver – Shayne Jackson, A, Limestone
63. Hamilton – Jerry Lambe, M, Georgetown
64. Boston – Martin Bowes, M, Hartford

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