PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team had five players selected in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Draft, which was held on Friday, January 11 at the Philadelphia Marriott. The draft, which was a featured attraction at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention, consisted of eight rounds with a total of 64 collegiate players being selected.
“We are excited for the five players we had selected in the MLL Draft,” Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala noted. “Each of these five has played a significant role for our team since arriving at Johns Hopkins. The teams they are heading to after our season aren’t just getting great players, they are getting great young men who will represent those organizations in a first-class manner on and off the field.”
Headlining the five selections for Johns Hopkins was senior defenseman Tucker Durkin, who was taken third overall by the Charlotte Hounds. Durkin was a First Team USILA All-American and the Schmeisser Award winner as the nation’s top defensive player as a junior. The number three spot is the highest a Johns Hopkins player has been selected in the MLL Draft since Michael Kimmel was taken second in the 2010 draft by the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He is the seventh Johns Hopkins player to be selected in the top four and the first Blue Jay defenseman to go in the top four. Durkin had previously earned Third Team All-America honors as a sophomore.
Midfielder John Ranagan was the next Blue Jay selected as he went with the first pick in the third round (#17 overall) to the Rochester Rattlers. Ranagan carries career totals of 43 goals and 26 assists into his final season. He earned First Team USILA All-America honors as a sophomore and second team honors as a junior and his ability to get up and down the field should translate well in the professional game.
Another Blue Jay midfielder, Lee Coppersmith, also went in the third round as the Boston Cannons grabbed him with the 22nd overall selection. Coppersmith has been a mainstay on the Blue Jay midfield since arriving at Johns Hopkins and has scored 26 goals in his career. One of the fastest and most athletic midfielders in recent Johns Hopkins history, Coppersmith will join a Boston team that is led by former Johns Hopkins standout Paul Rabil, who is generally considered one of the top players in the world.
Mike Poppleton become the fourth Blue Jay to hear his name called when he was selected by the Hamilton Nationals with the second pick in round five (34th overall). Poppleton is coming off one of the finest seasons in school history by a faceoff specialist as he won 167-of-271 (.616) faceoffs and grabbed a team-high 78 ground balls. He will join former Johns Hopkins teammate and fellow faceoff man Matt Dolente on the Nationals’ roster. Dolente graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2011 and spent two years working with Poppleton.
Senior attackman Zach Palmer rounded out JHU’s five selections in the draft as he was taken by Rochester with the fourth pick in the eighth round (60th overall). Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season and will enter his final season with career totals of 59 goals and 56 assists. He is bidding to become just the seventh player in Johns Hopkins history with more than 80 career goals and 80 career assists. The last JHU player to post 80-80 was Dan Denihan, who concluded his career at JHU in 2000.
The five selections boost Johns Hopkins’ all-time total to 34 MLL Draft picks since the league was formed in 2001. JHU’s 34 all-time picks rank third in league history.