January 11, 2013

Baum Goes First; Big Trades at MLL Draft

by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com | Live Blog Replay

Major League Lacrosse commissioner David Gross led the festivities at the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft.
© John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com

PHILADELPHIA — There was no surprise at the top of the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft as Ohio selected reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum from Colgate with the first overall pick on Friday night at the Philadelphia Marriott. But as usual, some of the biggest news came in the trade department.

Hamilton dealt midfielder David Earl and defenseman Steven Waldeck to New York for the fifth overall pick, which it used to select Loyola midfielder Josh Hawkins. The Nationals ended up with six of the first 21 overall picks and went offense heavy with Hawkins, Virginia midfielder Chris LaPierre, Maryland midfielder John Haus and Army attackman Garrett Thul among their selections.

The Nationals also announced that Stu Brown will return to the team as general manager and Dave Huntley will return as coach.

Another big trade had Denver sending Mark Matthews to New York for Will Mangan and the 29th overall pick, which Denver used to select Eric Law, an attackman from the University of Denver. Matthews was the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft and scored 19 goals as a rookie.

“We’ve got a logjam at attack,” said Denver coach Jim Stagnitta. “We’re fortunate enough that we picked up Zack Greer in the offseason and Jeremy Boltus. We couldn’t play five or six attackman and we used Mark a lot at midfield last year. We were playing him out of position as it was. We had to make some decisions and wanted to shore up the midfield. We wanted to become deeper and more athletic. Will Mangan was one of the top five rookies in the league last year and gave us a little bit of what we needed. “

Loyola and Maryland, which met in last year’s NCAA championship game, dominated the early portion of the draft. Three of the first nine selections were from Loyola – Hawkins, attackman Mike Sawyer and midfielder Scott Ratliff. Hawkins went to Hamilton, Sawyer went to Charlotte and Ratliff went to Boston. Maryland had five players taken in the first three rounds, including first-rounder Jesse Bernhardt. The longstick midfielder was selected fourth overall by defending champion Chesapeake.

Charlotte, which went 5-9 in its inaugural season, selected Johns Hopkins defenseman Tucker Durkin with the third overall pick. Durkin was the top defenseman in college lacrosse last season and then Charlotte went to the other end of the field, taking Sawyer with the final pick of the opening round.

“A kid like Durkin, how exciting,” said Charlotte coach Mike Cerino. “What a defenseman. He’ll go with the young defenseman we already have. That’s a guy when you hit midseason and he’s got his legs coming out of the (college) season, that’s a pretty nice defenseman to add. Obviously we’re thrilled to get Mike Sawyer. He’s a hometown hero (Charlotte Catholic High School), he’s a dual threat from attack and midfield. He’s instant offense.”

The other big news on Friday was Major League Lacrosse commissioner David Gross announcing that the 2013 MLL Championship Weekend will be held at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., from Aug. 24-25. PPL Park is the home to Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union and hosted a NCAA quarterfinal round doubleheader last year.

The complete draft results follow:

Round 1
Ohio:  Peter Baum, A, Colgate
Hamilton: Chris LaPierre, M, Virginia
Charlotte: Tucker Durkin, D, Johns Hopkins
Chesapeake: Jesse Bernhardt, LSM, Maryland
Hamilton: Josh Hawkins, M, Loyola
Boston: Cam Flint, M, Denver
Denver: Brian Megill, D, Syracuse
Charlotte: Mike Sawyer, A, Loyola

Round 2
Boston: Scott Ratliff, M, Loyola
Hamilton: Jason Noble, D, Cornell
Ohio: Logan Schuss, A, Ohio State
Ohio: Marcus Holman, A, North Carolina
Ohio: Chase Carraro, M, Denver
Boston: Will Manny, A, Massachusetts
Hamilton: John Haus, M, Maryland
Chesapeake: Kevin Cooper, M, Maryland

Round 3
Rochester: John Ranagan, M, Johns Hopkins
Hamilton: Casey Carroll, D, Duke
Denver: Davis Butts, M, Loyola
Rochester: Ryan Clarke, M, Salisbury
Hamilton: Garrett Thul, A, Army
Boston: Lee Coppersmith, M, Johns Hopkins
Denver: Landon Carr, M, Maryland
Charlotte: Owen Blye, A, Maryland

Round 4
Rochester: John Kemp, G, Notre Dame
Hamilton: Reid Acton, D, Loyola
Charlotte: Mason Poli, D, Bryant
Charlotte: Matt White, A, Virginia
Denver: Eric Law, A, Denver
Boston: Jake Smith, D, Massachusetts
Denver: Roger Ferguson, D, Brown
Chesapeake: Dom Sebastiani, M, Delaware

Round 5
Ohio: Dominique Alexander, M, Ohio State
Hamilton: Mike Poppleton, FO, Johns Hopkins
Chesapeake: Adrian Sorichetti, M, Hofstra
Denver: Aaron Prosser, M, Drexel
New York: Jo Jo Marsco, M, Syracuse
Rochester: Brett Schmidt, A, Mt. St. Mary's
Denver: Dante Fantoni, A, Lehigh
Rochester: David Lawson, M, Duke

Round 6
Ohio: Joe Lisicky, D, Lynchburg
Hamilton:  Jake Tripucka, M, Duke
Charlotte: Max Van Bourgondien, A/M, Cornell
Rochester: Matt Miller, D, Notre Dame
Rochester: Noah Molnar, M, Lehigh
Boston:  David DeMaria, A, Lehigh
New York:  John Antoniades, FO, Hofstra
Charlotte: Brian Casey, M, Georgetown

Round 7
Ohio: Colin Fleming, M, Massachusetts
Hamilton: Cameron Mann, M, Jacksonville
Charlotte: Michael McCormack, D, Yale
Rochester: Peter Johnson, D, Yale
New York: Steve Murphy, M, Notre Dame
Boston: Brendan Buckley, D, Army
Denver: Sam Snow, M, Fairfield
New York: Mark Mullen, D, Hofstra

Round 8
Ohio: Kevin Mack, M, Ohio State
Hamilton: Nick Doherty, A, Villanova
Charlotte: Kyle Feeney, G, Bucknell
Rochester: Zach Palmer, A, Johns Hopkins
New York: Jeff Tundo, M, Stony Brook
Boston: Quinn Cully, M, Notre Dame
Denver: Dillon Ayers, D, St. John’s
Rochester: Marshall Johnson, M, Fairfield

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