February 17, 2012

Three-Way Trade Moves Grant Jr., Catalino

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

John Grant Jr. was traded Friday from the Long Island Lizards to the Chesapeake Bayhawks as part of a three-team deal that also sent Grant Catalino from Rochester to the Lizards.
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The Chesapeake Bayhawks, Rochester Rattlers and Long Island Lizards agreed to a three-way trade Friday that landed John Grant, Jr. with the Bayhawks, second-year pro Grant Catalino, the rights to Yale attackman Matt Gibson and Chesapeake's 2013 second-round draft pick with the Lizards, and Long Island's 2013 second-round draft pick with the Rattlers, according to league sources.

Early Friday afternoon, the Bayhawks officially announced their part of the deal, in part by listing Grant's numerous accomplishments earned throughout his MLL career. The University of Delaware Alum and Peterborough, Ontario native started his MLL career with the Rattlers in their inaugural season (2001). In his first year, Grant finished second in the league with 59 points (41 goals, 3 two-pointers, 15 assists) in 14 games. He was also named an MLL All-Star and earned league Offensive Player of the Year honors. After a two year hiatus from the MLL, Grant returned to the Rattlers in 2005.

"John Grant Jr. is one of the best talents lacrosse has ever seen," Bayhawks general manager Brian Reese said. "He is going to compliment the group we have and be another great finisher on our offensive end. We have a lot of respect for what John has accomplished in his career and are excited to have him on the roster this season."

In 2007, Grant broke the league's single-season points record with 71 points was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second time, and was awarded the Bud Light MLL Most Valuable Player Award. In 2008, Grant led the league in scoring with 64 points (47 goals, 4 two-pointers, 13 assists) and was named the 2008 Bud Light MLL Most Valuable Player for the second time. Grant led the Rattlers to their first Steinfeld Trophy with a 16-6 win over Denver in the 2008 MLL Championship. Grant, the Rattlers franchise, and roster were transferred to the Toronto (later Hamilton) Nationals when the franchise was bought by a new ownership group in 2009. Early last MLL season, Grant was traded to the Long Island Lizards.

"After speaking with John, it is apparent that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the Bayhawks win an MLL Championship," Bayhawks head coach and president Dave Cottle said. "Both Brian Reese and I have watched him play in the National Lacrosse League this winter and he is playing at an extremely high level. The Chesapeake region will have a chance to watch one of the best players to ever play lacrosse."

Grant started this National Lacrosse League indoor season with the Colorado Mammoth on a record pace, looking fully recovered from the scary knee infection that nearly ended his career a few years ago.

Catalino was selected with the 21st pick of the 2011 collegiate draft, and played in eight games for the Rattlers in his rookie season, finishing with 17 goals and two assists for 23 points. Of his 17 goals, 4 of them were two point goals. The four two point goals ties him for third in the league last season in two-point goals, behind Long Island's Stephen Peyser and in company with players like Paul Rabil, Kyle Dixon and Matt Striebel. He also, tied am MLL record by scoring nine goals in one game against the Hamilton Nationals. He currently holds that record along with former Long Island Lizard Tim Goettelmann. Catalino led the league in EMO goals with seven last season.

"We are extremely excited to acquire Grant," Lizards coach Joe Spallina said in a press release Friday afternoon confirming the Long Island-Rochester part of the trade. "He is someone we watched throughout his career at Maryland and flourish last year in Rochester his first season as a pro. We look for Grant to step in and be a huge contributor to our offense as well as our man up unit. On behalf of the Lizards organization we welcome Grant to the Long Island Lizards."

Catalino will be reunited on the Lizards with Maryland teammate Ryan Young. In their senior season at Maryland they made a run to the 2011 national title, losing to Virginia.

Gibson was drafted by the Bayhawks in January's MLL collegiate draft.

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