February 25, 2014

Ohio Picks Harrison First in LXM Waiver Wire Sweepstakes

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Kyle Harrison was picked first by the Ohio Machine in the special waiver wire process opened to LXM players and anyone else interested in entering the MLL player pool. (Dirk Dewachter)

The Ohio Machine have gotten an LXM infusion.

Kyle Harrison was picked first by the Machine in the special Major League Lacrosse waiver wire process opened to include LXM Pro Tour players after the deal announced Feb. 13 between MLL and Adrenaline that allowed LXM players to play MLL and vice versa.

Harrison will join 2013 MLL No. 1 overall draft pick, Peter Baum, on the Machine. Baum had elected to play on the LXM tour after graduating from Colgate, and signing with Adrenaline, but Ohio protected him on its 23-man roster this offseason, and he signed a contract with the MLL franchise last week.

Shamel Bratton was picked second by the New York Lizards, defenseman Eric Martin went third to the Boston Cannons and Sam Bradman fourth to the Rochester Rattlers. Shamel's twin brother, Rhamel, was picked up by the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks.

The order was based on last season's final records and teams were able to pick from anyone available in the player pool, which was re-opened Feb. 13 to allow LXM players to enter and anyone else interested who may have missed the earlier December deadline for the supplemental draft. The player pool was open until last Thursday.

Harrison, who is in the running to make the final 23-man roster for U.S. men's national team that will compete for gold this July at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, returns to the MLL fold for the first time since 2009, when he played in seven games for the Denver Outlaws.

The Machine, who also picked up former Salisbury attackman Erik Krum from the player pool, forfeited a third and a seventh round pick in the 2015 MLL collegiate draft and waived midfielder Cameron Mann to complete the transaction.

"Adding Kyle Harrison gives our team a dynamic and versatile midfielder who also provides a veteran presence for our young core," Ohio Machine president and general manager John Algie said in a press release. "One of Kyle's best assets is his team-first mentality and he will be a great addition to our locker room."

The LXM Pro Tour started in late 2009 and Harrison was a co-founder. The 2005 Tewaaraton Winner at Johns Hopkins played three seasons with the now-defunct New Jersey Pride from 2005-07, one season with the Los Angeles Riptide in 2008 and Denver in 2009. He said the idea for the barnstorming tour was hatched with the hope of being able to play in the MLL as well and is happy for the opportunity.

"My stance literally from day one is that I enjoyed my time in the MLL and had tons of fun, and it made me a better player," Harrison said after the MLL/LXM deal was announced. "I was hopeful, on a daily basis almost, that at some point there would be something figured out and guys would be able to do both. I'm super-excited we're in this position now. If I have the opportunity to play this summer, I'm really looking forward to it."

"I'm so excited for the opportunity to join the Machine and do whatever I can to help bring a championship to Ohio," Harrison said Tuesday in a press release. "I've missed the camaraderie of Major League Lacrosse and I'm looking forward to getting back out there with the roster of great players they've put together."

The full waiver wire results are below:

Boston Cannons

Claimed D Eric Martin and M Brendan Porter

Charlotte Hounds

Claimed M Patrick Byrnes; Waived A Tim Desko

Chesapeake Bayhawks

Claimed M Rhamel Bratton; Waived D Kyle Rubisch

Denver Outlaws

No moves.

Florida Launch

Claimed M Bryce Dabbs and D Milton Lyles

New York Lizards

Claimed M Shamel Bratton and D Stephen Holmes

Ohio Machine

Claimed M Kyle Harrison and A Erik Krum; Waives M Cameron Mann

Rochester Rattlers

Claimed M Sam Bradman

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