COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft Friday evening at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia.
Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).
Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.
The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.
The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Ohio Machine. Blye will be reunited with line-mate Joe Cummings, who was traded to the Machine during the 2012 season, along with former Terps Brian Phipps and Max Schmidt.
The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken – Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino andRyan Young.
Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.
The Terrapins will open their 2013 season with a Tuesday evening game vs. Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.