December 7, 2011

Hounds-Lizards Trade Highlights MLL Expansion Draft

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter

MLL All-Stars Stephen Berger (above) and Matt Danowski were sent from Long Island to expansion Charlotte Wednesday in part of a deal that gave the Lizards the top pick in January's collegiate draft and attackman Max Quinzani.
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The Major League Lacrosse expansion draft for the Ohio Machine and Charlotte Hounds went off Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn't a draft pick that highlighted the day's events.

MLL All-Stars Matt Danowski and Stephen Berger were sent from the Long Island Lizards to the Charlotte as part of a blockbuster trade that gave Long Island attackman Max Quinzani and the No. 1 overall pick in January's collegiate draft. Charlotte drafted Quinzani, left unprotected by Boston, with the fourth overall pick in the expansion draft, and then the trade became official.

The Lizards will now presumably select Long Island native Rob Pannell with the first pick in the collegiate draft, held Jan. 13 at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.

Berger, in comments to Lacrosse Magazine after the trade, thanked the Lizards organization and coach Jim Mule "for all that they did for me in the league." The team drafted him with the final pick in the 2004 collegiate draft, and he's become a four-time MLL All-Star.

Berger also said, "I am so excited to be joining a new franchise and help the game of lacrosse in Charlotte continue to grow and have the fans see the best players in the world play in their backyard."

"I am also extremely happy to continue to play with Matt Danowski and my cousin Justin Smith as well as Jeremy Boltus and Billy Bitter, both unreal threats on attack. Thank you to the Charlotte Hounds coaches and management and I cannot wait for the 2012 MLL season and to be rocking a Hounds jersey."

Expansion Draft Results

*indicates player was traded after pick was made

Round 1
1. Rochester Rattlers – Dan Burns*
2. Charlotte Hounds – Jeremy Boltus

Round 2
3. Ohio Machine – Connor Martin
4. Charlotte – Max Quinzani**

Round 3
5. Ohio – Kevin Ridgway
6. Denver Outlaws – Greg Downing

Round 4
7. Ohio – Dan Groot
8. Hamilton Nationals – Donny Moss

Round 5
9. Ohio – Jim Connolly
10. Charlotte – Brian Carroll

Round 6
11. Boston Cannons – Bill McGlone
12. Denver – Curtis Dickson

Round 7
13. Chesapeake Bayhawks – Kip Turner
14. Charlotte – Andrew Hennessey

Round 8
15. Ohio – Jordan Levine
16. Charlotte – Joe Marra

Round 9
17. Ohio – Brian Phipps
18. Charlotte – Justin Smith

Round 10
19. Ohio – Brett Hughes
20. Charlotte – Ryan Hurley

Round 11
21. Ohio – Matt Casey
22. Charlotte – Jake Deane

Round 12
23. Ohio – Max Schmidt
24. Charlotte – Mikey Thompson

Round 13
25. Rochester – Jordan McBride
26. Charlotte – Ricky Pages

Round 14
27. Ohio – Scott Kocis
28. Charlotte – Josh Amidon

Round 15
29. Ohio – Brian Spallina***
30. Charlotte – Adam Ghitelman

*Rochester traded Burns, a second-round supplemental pick and a third-round supplemental pick to the Hamilton Nationals for Kevin Leveille and a second-round supplemental pick. The supplemental draft is Dec. 14.

**Charlotte traded Quinzani, the No. 1 overall pick in January's collegiate draft to the Long Island Lizards for Matt Danowski and Stephen Berger, a third-round collegiate draft pick this year and a third-round collegiate pick next year.

***Ohio traded Spallina and a fourth-round collegiate draft pick to the Chesapeake Bayhawks for a third-round collegiate draft pick.

Players Pulled Back

These are players who were not selected in the expansion draft and were pulled back either during the draft or right after. Teams had the option of bringing players back onto their rosters, or sending them to the player pool.

*indicates a player was pulled back during the expansion draft


Shamel Bratton
JJ Morrissey
John Ortolani
Jack Reid
Mike Stone*
Kyle Sweeney*


Steve DeNapoli*
Chris Garrity
Dan Hardy*
Daniel Hostetler*


Sean DeLaney*
Steven Holmes*
Terry Kimener*
Sean McCarthy
Jarett Park
Nate Watkins


Sol Bliss
Brett Bucktooth
Matthew Dolente*
Stephen Keogh*
Brett Queener*

Long Island

Rhamel Bratton
Dan Cocci
Long Ellis
Chris Fiore
John Grant Jr.
Zack Greer
Christian Pastirik
Mike Unterstein


Brian Caufield
Diogo Godoi
Mike Leveille
Brett Manney*
Gregory Niewieroski
Joe Smith

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