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Four Hopkins players, one UMBC player selected in MLL Draft

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Collegiate Draft Results

No. Team Player Pos. College
Round 1
1 Ohio Tom Schreiber M Princeton
2 Rochester* Jordan Wolf A Duke
3 New York* Joe Fletcher D Loyola
4 New York* Luke Duprey D Duke
5 Florida Kieran McArdle A St. Johns
6 Denver Jeremy Noble M Denver
7 Charlotte Michael Ehrhardt D Maryland
8 Boston* Scott McWilliams D UVA
Round 2
9 Charlotte^ Pat Laconi M Loyola
10 Florida^ Joe Meurer D Ohio State
11 Charlotte^ Mike Chanenchuk M Maryland
12 Florida^ Ryan Creighton M UNC
13 Ohio^ Rob Guida M Johns Hopkins
14 Charlotte^ Brendan Fowler FO Duke
15 Charlotte Thomas DeNapoli A/M Towson
16 Denver^ Brent Hiken FO Stevenson
Round 3
17 Boston** Rob Emery M UVA
18 Charlotte** Josh Dionne A Duke
19 Boston Austin Kaut G Penn State
20 Rochester Miles Thompson A Albany
21 Chesapeake** Matt Harris D Syracuse
22 Denver Ty Souders D Lehigh
23 Charlotte Justin Ward A Loyola
24 Chesapeake Dylan Levings FO Yale
Round 4
25 Ohio Jackson Place D Bucknell
26 Rochester^^ John Locascio M Villanova
27 Ohio^^ Scott Loy M Syracuse
28 Rochester Ty Thompson A Albany
29 Florida Nick Amato G Maryland
30 Denver Colin Dunster M Bryant
31 Charlotte Henry Lobb D Duke
32 Rochester^^ Dan Eipp M Harvard
Round 5
33 Boston*^ Jack Reilly D Johns Hopkins
34 New York Brandon Mangan A Yale
35 Chesapeake*^ Pat Kiernan D Navy
36 Chesapeake*^ Alex Love A Hobart
37 Boston*^ Erik Smith M Air Force
38 Denver Jamie Faus G Denver
39 Ohio*^ Derek Maltz A Syracuse
40 Chesapeake Brandon Benn A Johns Hopkins
Round 6
41 Ohio Steve O’hara D Notre Dame
42 Boston^* Phil Castronova M Johns Hopkins
43 Denver^* James Connelly D Delaware
44 Rochester Tom Freshour D Cornell
45 Florida Bobby Lawrence D Colgate
46 Denver Nick Fernandez M Princeton
47 Charlotte Zach Losco M Penn
48 Chesapeake Kevin Cernuto A St. Johns
Round 7
49 Ohio RG Keenan M UNC
50 Chesapeake^^^ Mark McNeill M UNC
51 Boston Phil Poe FO UMBC
52 Rochester Andrew Wagner D Mercyhurst
53 Florida Andrew Barton M Providence
54 Denver Terry Ellis M Denver
55 Charlotte Chris Hipps D Duke
56 Rochester^^^ Mark Cockerton A Virginia
Round 8
57 Ohio Spencer Schnell M Ohio Wesleyan
58 New York Alex Zomerfeld A Bryant
59 Boston Jack Murphy G Fairfield
60 Rochester Tom Lacrosse M Penn State
61 Florida Duncan Clauncy A Jacksonville
62 Denver Ben Mcintosh D Drexel
63 Charlotte Kevin O’Neil M Villanova
64 Chesapeake Brian Cooper D Maryland
Notes:
*First Round Trades
No. 2 from New York
No. 3 from Rochester from New York from Boston
No. 4 from Rochester
No. 8 from Denver from Chesapeake
^Second Round Trades
No. 9 from Chesapeake from Ohio
No. 10 from Chesapeake from New York
No. 11 from Boston
No. 12 from Boston from Rochester
No. 13 from New York from Ohio from Florida
No. 14 from Denver
No. 16 from Chesapeake
**Third Round Trades
No. 17 from Ohio
No. 18 from New York
No. 21 from Florida
^^Fourth Round Trades
No. 26 from New York
No. 27 from Boston
No. 32 from New York from Chesapeake
*^Fifth Round Trades
No. 33 from Ohio
No. 35 from Boston
No. 36 from Rochester
No. 37 from Florida
No. 39 from Charlotte
^*Sixth Round Trades
No. 42 from New York
No. 43 from Boston
^^^Seventh Round Trades
No. 50 from Charlotte from New York
No. 56 from Chesapeake

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Three Terps selected in first four rounds of MLL Draft

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, three Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft Friday evening at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia.

Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

Ehrhardt, a native of Westbury, N.Y., was a second team USILA All-American in 2013 after leading the Maryland defense to a No. 9 national ranking in scoring defense, allowing just 8.21 goals per game. Ehrhardt finished the season third on the team with 53 groundballs and second on the squad with 15 caused turnovers.

Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch as the 11th overall selection.

Chanenchuk, a native of Poquot, N.Y., was a second team USILA All-American last season after becoming the first Maryland midfielder to lead the team in goals scored since Chris Malone in 2000. Chanenchuk, who is a two-time All-American, finished the 2013 season with a team-best 23 goals and was second in points with 37. The junior shot .315 percent for the season and had a .616 shots-on-goal percentage.

The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

Amato, a native of Conshohocken, Pa., enters his final season as a two-time All-American after ranking seventh in the nation with a .594 save percentage and ninth in the country with a 7.98 goals-against average. Amato finished fourth on the team with 30 groundballs and even added two assists.

The Terrapins will open their 2014 season with Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 8 at noon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

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Three Loyola lacrosse players selected in MLL Draft

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Trio Of Team Captains Drafted By Major League Lacrosse Teams

PHILADELPHIA – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse tri-captains Joe Fletcher (3rd overall, New York Lizards), Pat Laconi (9th, Charlotte Hounds) and Justin Ward (23rd, Charlotte Hounds) were selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft on Friday night at the USLacrosse Convention.

Fletcher became the highest Loyola player ever selected in the 14-year history of the MLL Draft. He was the third overall pick of event by the New York Lizards. Josh Hawkins was the previous highest Loyola draftee; he was selected fourth by the Hamilton Nationals in last year’s draft.

Laconi and Ward will be reunited with a trio of teammates with whom they won the 2012 NCAA Championship. Attacker Mike Sawyer, who was an MLL All-Star as a rookie last year, NCAA Tournament MVP Eric Lusby and fellow short-stick defensive midfielder Hawkins all play for the Hounds who reached the MLL Championship Game last year.

They bring the number of Greyhounds drafted in the last two years to eight. A quintet of players – Josh Hawkins (5th overall, Hamilton Nationals), Mike Sawyer (8th, Charlotte Hounds), Scott Ratliff (9th, Boston Cannons), Davis Butts (19th, Denver Outlaws) and Reid Acton (26th, Hamilton Nationals) – were selected in last year’s draft.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for these guys who have been big parts of our success since stepping onto campus,” Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “They are great people, players and leaders, and we look forward to starting practice with them on our field Monday.”

Fletcher finished last season as one of the best defenders in the nation, earning All-America First Team honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). In doing so, he became the first Loyola player to earn the recognition since Gavin Prout in 2001. Earlier this year, Fletcher was the only current collegiate player named to the U.S. National Team training roster and is vying for a spot on the squad that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

The senior defender from Syracuse, N.Y., was the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year as he finished the season with 64 ground balls, tops amongst close defenders in the conference. He also had 17 caused turnovers and was a key member of the Greyhounds’ clearing unit that led the nation and set a Division I record by successfully clearing the ball 95.5 percent of the time. A noted student leader outside of lacrosse, Fletcher is co-president of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and he is one of 14 students school-wide to serve on the Green & Grey society, a group of student leaders who serve as liaisons to Loyola’s president, board of trustees and administration.

Ward has been the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense for the last two seasons, and as a junior in 2013, he turned in a fantastic season that earned him USILA All-America Honorable Mention and All-ECAC honors. The attacker finished 11th in Division I in assists per game (2.19) and 19th in points per game (3.88), culminating the season with 27 goals and 35 assists for 62 points.

His 35 assists ranked third on Loyola’s single-season chart at the Division I level, and his 62 points were tied for fifth. Ward enters the season with 67 career assists, good for seventh at the school in the Division I era, and his 106 career points to date are 22nd. He had one of the most prolific games by a Loyola player in recent years last season when he became the first Greyhound since Gavin Prout in 2001 to score seven goals in a game, and the first since Tim Goettelmann in 2000 to post 10 points, when he tallied seven goals and three assists against UMBC in February.

Laconi has garnered a reputation from coaches as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders nationwide over the past three years. As a member of the Greyhounds’ rope unit, Laconi has helped Loyola establish an excellent transition game that last year led the nation and set a Division I record by clearing the ball effectively 95.5 percent of the time.

He posted career-highs of 24 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers last year, and he also showed his ability to score on the offensive end. Laconi posted four goals and six assists as a junior after logging one and three during his sophomore campaign.

In addition to their plaudits on the field and in the locker room, Fletcher, Laconi and Ward have all excelled in the classroom, too. All three were named to the ECAC All-Academic Team last year.

The Greyhounds open the season Thursday, February 6, when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., to face the University of Virginia.

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Former Loyola lax standout Ross named MLL head coach

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola MLAX Alumnus Stan Ross Named Head Coach Of MLL’s Launch

BOSTON – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse alumnus Stan Ross ’95 was named the head coach of the newly formed Florida Launch, a Major League Lacrosse team that will begin play in 2014.

Ross was most recently an assistant coach for the Denver Outlaws as they completed the MLL’s first-ever undefeated regular-season with a 14-0 record.

The Launch, which will play its home games in Palm Beach County, will be comprised of the foundation of the Hamilton Nationals roster, according to the MLL.

“It is an honor to be named the first head coach in Florida Launch history,” Ross said in a release issued by the league. “I am thankful to the organization and the MLL for allowing me this opportunity to coach a professional team in my home state.  Lacrosse is growing rapidly in Florida, and the addition of a local professional team will be a huge catalyst for expansion of our sport in the area.  I feel the Florida Launch will be welcomed with open arms by the Florida lacrosse community.”

Prior to joining the Outlaws’ staff, Ross was an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy from 2007-2011 where he coordinated both the offensive and defensive units for current United States National Team coach Richie Meade. He was the head coach at Butler University from 2004-2006, and he spent seven years as an assistant at Towson University (1998-2004).

He also had coaching stints at Princeton University (1997) and the University of Denver (1996); Ross started his coaching career at Loyola as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Greyhounds in 1995.

In his three years on the field for Loyola, Ross played in 38 games as a close defender, picked up 99 ground balls, had a goal and an assist. He was a three-sport standout at nearby Boys’ Latin School before coming to the Evergreen campus.

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Four former Retrievers get U.S. National team tryouts

Posted on 31 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Four UMBC alumni are among the 98 invitees for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, where the U.S. men seek to defend their title in Denver, Colorado on July 10-19, 2014.

Attackmen Brendan Mundorf, ’07 and Drew Westervelt, ’07, will attempt to earn their second consecutive team selection. They were both members of the 2010 squad that won gold with a 12-10 victory over Canada in Manchester, England.

Midfielders Terry Kimener, ’08 and Peet Poillon, ’10 are embarking on their first journeys to the championships.

Mundorf is seeking his third appearance on the world stage, as he debuted with Team Australia in the 2006 championships. He has spent his entire MLL career with the Denver Outlaws and was the 2012 Bud Light MLL Season Most Valuable Player. The Mount St. Joseph product earned All-America honors for UMBC in 2005 and 2006 and was the America East Player of the Year in both of those campaigns.

Westervelt is third in scoring at UMBC, racking up 112 goals and 94 assists for 206 points from 2004-07. He capped his career with an All-American selection in 2007. The Bel Air, Md. native has spent seven seasons in the MLL, with Denver and Chesapeake and has earned five All-Star selections.

Both Mundorf and Westervelt have spent multiple seasons competing in the National Lacrosse League (indoors).

Kimener is a six-year MLL veteran, who is in his third year in Denver. He scored a career-high 17 goals for the Outlaws in 2012 and has 14 goals and 10 assists in 2013. The Oakton, Va. native earned All-America honors for UMBC in 2007 and 2008 and was tabbed the 2008 America East Player of the Year.

Poillon is a four-time MLL All-Star, who is now competing for the Charlotte Hounds. He was the 2010 MLL Most Improved Player when he helped the Chesapeake Bayhawks win the league title. The Cranberry Township, Pa. native earned All-America honors for UMBC in 2009.

Tryouts will be held August 30-September 1 at Goucher College in Baltimore, after which the roster will be cut to 40. That group will then begin preparing for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, where the U.S. Men seek to defend their title on July 10-19, 2014.

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Former Greyhound Sawyer sets new world record for fastest lacrosse shot

Posted on 13 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Sawyer’s 114 MPH Shot Sets Record, Wins MLL All-Star Competition

 

CHARLOTTE – Mike Sawyer, who graduated from Loyola University Maryland in May after tallying the second-most goals in school Division I history, broke the Major League Lacrosse fastest shot record, stinging the net with a 114 mile-per-hour heater on Saturday night to win the MLL Fastest Shot Contest in the league’s All-Star Game.

Earlier in the competition, Sawyer set a record at 113 MPH. His 114 MPH shot is being termed a world record, breaking the previous best of 111 MPH set by Paul Rabil in 2009 at the same competition

Sawyer, a rookie for the Charlotte Hounds, was shooting in front of his hometown fans at American Legion Stadium. He grew up in nearby Waxhaw, N.C., and prepped at Charlotte Catholic High School.

After being selected in the first round, eighth overall, of the MLL Collegiate Entry Draft in January, Sawyer has scored 13 points through seven professional games this season, winning Cascade Rookie of the Week honors four times.

Sawyer finished his Loyola career with 128 goals and 154 points, good for second and eighth, respectively, in Loyola’s Division I career history.

The three-time USILA All-American tallied a team-high 36 goals in his senior season and finished his collegiate career with six-straight multi-goal game, including a stretch of four in a row with three or more.

Watch Sawyer’s shot on Major League Lacrosse’s Vine video.

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Rabil, Ehrmann, Stanwick amongst those with area ties named to MLL All-Star Game

Posted on 24 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BOSTON (Monday, June 24) - Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, today announced the 38 players selected for the 2013 All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill July 13 at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Players were selected through balloting process by MLL coaches and general managers.

The 38 players will be divided into two teams as selected by the winners of the MLL Ultimate Fan Fantasy contest. Cameron MacKenzie and Frank Ranfone will pick their teams playground-style to form their very own All-Star squads to compete in the game.  Several All-Stars will also participate in the Half-Time Skills competition which will include Fastest Shot, Accuracy and Freestyle contests. The All-Stars will be wearing specially designed jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game to benefit JDRF, the 2013 All-Star Game’s charity.

The Chesapeake Bayhawks led the selection with eight players chosen. Denver was a close second with seven players selected for the All-Star Game. Five Hamilton Nationals will play, while four players were selected from the Cannons, Hounds, Lizards and Rattlers. Ohio will have two representatives in the All-Star Game.

Rochester’s Matt Striebel will make his ninth consecutive All-Star Game appearance. Striebel has 17 points on the season, including four two-point goals, tied for the most two-point goals in the League.

Six-time Warrior Defensive Player of the Year Brodie Merrill, of the Hamilton Nationals, will participate in his eighth All-Star Game. Merrill leads the Nationals in ground balls with 45, good enough for sixth in the League.

Denver’s Lee Zink will be making his seventh consecutive All-Star Game appearance. The reigning Warrior Defensive Player of the Year is the anchor of the Outlaws’ defense.

Joining Zink will be his goalie, Jesse Schwartzman. Schwartzman is making his sixth appearance, the most of any goalie in MLL history. Schwartzman ranks first in the League for goals against average and has led the Outlaws to an undefeated record. Perennial All-Star and reigning League MVP, Brendan Mundorf was voted in as well but will be unavailable for the game and is not on the list of 38.

Hamilton’s Brett Queener will make his fourth appearance and second consecutive appearance, Reigning Warrior Goalie of the Year New York’s Drew Adams will make his third consecutive appearance, and Chesapeake’s Kip Turner will participate in his first All-Star Game. Turner is second in the League in both goals against average and save percentage.

At the faceoff X, New York’s Greg Gurenlian will make his first All-Star Game appearance, he will be joined by  Denver’s Anthony Kelly who will be making his fourth. Gurenlian and Kelly rank first and second, respectively, in faceoff percentage for players taking at least 100 face-offs.

Other League leaders playing in the All-Star Game are Nationals Kevin Crowley and reigning Warrior Offensive Player of the Year Cannons Paul Rabil. Crowley leads the League with 35 points and 26 goals. His 23-game point streak is a franchise record for the Nationals, earning his first selection to the All-Star Game.

Rabil is second in the League for points with 34 points. He ranks fourth in the League for goals with 20, fifth for assists with 12 and has two two-point goals on the season. This is his sixth consecutive All-Star Game appearance.

Fifteen different players will be making their All-Star Game debuts this year, including Turner, Gurenlian, Kelly and one rookie.

Rob Pannell, of New York, will represent the class of 2013 in the All-Star Game. Pannell finished his Cornell career at the NCAA Semifinals, won the Tewaaraton Award, and scored a hat trick in his first MLL game with the Lizards all within a week.

Also appearing in their first All-Star Games are Chris Bocklet, Kevin Cunningham, Barney Ehrman, Zack Greer, Jordan MacIntosh, Mike Manley, Ben Rubeor, Brett Schmidt, Drew Snider, Steele Stanwick, and Ryan Young.

The MLL All-Star Game, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill, takes place on Saturday, July 13, at 7:00 pm in Charlotte, N.C., at American Legion Memorial Stadium, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. If you don’t have your tickets for the event yet, be sure to check out the MajorLeagueLacrosse.com All-Star page for information.

Here is the full list of All-Star Players:

Position: Player (Team, Appearances in All-Star Game)

Attack:Chris Bocklet (Denver, 1), Ned Crotty (Rochester, 3), Kevin Cunningham (Hamilton, 1), Rob Pannell (New York, 1), Ben Rubeor (Chesapeake, 1), Steele Stanwick (Ohio, 1), Drew Westervelt (Chesapeake, 5), Ryan Young (Charlotte, 1)

Midfield:Matt Abbott (Chesapeake, 3), Steven Brooks (Chesapeake, 3), Kevin Buchanan (Boston, 3), Kevin Crowley (Hamilton, 1), Kyle Dixon (Chesapeake, 5), Zack Greer (Denver, 1), Jordan MacIntosh (Rochester, 1), Peet Poillon (Charlotte, 4), Paul Rabil (Boston, 6), Jeremy Sieverts (Denver, 2), Drew Snider (Denver, 1), Mike Stone (Boston, 2), Matt Striebel (Rochester, 9), Joe Walters (Hamilton, 6)

Defense:Barney Ehrman (Chesapeake, 1), Michael Evans (Chesapeake, 4), Ryan Flanagan (Charlotte, 2), Kyle Hartzell (Ohio, 3), Brian Karalunas (New York, 2), Mike Manley (Rochester, 1), Brodie Merrill (Hamilton, 8), Brett Schmidt (Charlotte, 1), Kyle Sweeney (Boston, 6), Lee Zink (Denver, 7)

Faceoff:Greg Gurenlian (New York, 1), Anthony Kelly (Denver, 4)

Goalie:Drew Adams (New York, 3), Brett Queener (Hamilton, 4), Jesse Schwartzman (Denver, 6), Kip Turner (Chesapeake, 1)

Team: Player (Position, Appearances in All-Star Game)

Boston: Kevin Buchanan (Midfield, 3), Paul Rabil (Midfield, 6), Mike Stone (Midfield, 2), Kyle Sweeney (Defense, 6)

Charlotte: Ryan Flanagan (Defense, 2), Peet Poillon (Midfield, 4), Brett Schmidt (Defense, 1), Ryan Young (Attack, 1)

Chesapeake: Matt Abbott (Midfield, 3), Steven Brooks (Midfield, 3), Kyle Dixon (Midfield, 5), Barney Ehrman (Defense, 1), Michael Evans (Defense, 4), Ben Rubeor (Attack, 1), Kip Turner (Goalie, 1), Drew Westervelt (Attack, 5)

Denver: Chris Bocklet (Attack, 1), Zack Greer (Midfield, 1), Anthony Kelly (Faceoff, 1), Jesse Schwartzman (Goalie, 6), Jeremy Sieverts (Midfield, 2), Drew Snider (Midfield, 1), Lee Zink (Defense, 7)

Hamilton: Kevin Crowley (Midfield, 1), Kevin Cunningham (Attack, 1), Brodie Merrill (Defense, 8), Brett Queener (Goalie, 4), Joe Walters (Midfield, 6)

New York: Drew Adams (Goalie, 3), Greg Gurenlian (Faceoff, 1), Brian Karalunas (Defense, 2), Rob Pannell (Attack, 1)

Ohio: Kyle Hartzell (Defense, 3), Steele Stanwick (Attack, 1)

Rochester:Ned Crotty (Attack, 3), Jordan MacIntosh (Midfield, 1), Mike Manley (Defense, 1), Matt Striebel (Midfield, 9)

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Former Loyola star Sawyer shines in MLL debut

Posted on 20 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Sawyer Earns MLL Rookie Of The Week After First Game
CHARLOTTE – Former Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse standout had a big two days this weekend. Friday, the Waxhaw, N.C., native made his Major League Lacrosse debut for his hometown Charlotte Hounds, and Saturday he earned his Loyola degree.
In his professional debut, Sawyer scored a goal and assisted on two more, earning MLL Rookie of the Week honors Monday afternoon.
Sawyer, who earned his Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis in public relations and marketing, made his Charlotte debut on Friday against the Hamilton Nationals, a team for whom another Saturday graduate of Loyola — defender Reid Acton — was making his first professional appearance.
His first assist came just over eight minutes into the second quarter as he fed Jovan Miller for the fifth goal in a 6-0 Charlotte run.
He then scored his first professional goal 44 seconds into the fourth quarter with the feed coming out of a familiar stick, that of fellow Loyola alumnus Eric Lusby. Sawyer then assisted another Miller goal in the final minutes of regulation, helping Charlotte pull within a goal of the Nationals. The Hounds would eventually tie the game before falling in overtime.
Sawyer’s three points are thus far tops amongst MLL rookies. He was the eighth-overall pick in the first round of this year’s MLL Collegiate Draft by Charlotte.
He wrapped up his Loyola career as the school’s second-leading goal scorer in Division I history. He compiled 128 goals and 154 points during his four years on the Evergreen campus. Sawyer was a three-time All-ECAC honoree and a 2012 USILA Second Team All-American. In 2013, he tallied 36 goals and seven assists in 14 games.
The Greyhounds made a significant impact on the box score Friday afternoon. In addition to Sawyer’s goal and two assists, Lusby had two goals and an assist, and Steve Dircks ’11 picked up six ground balls.

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Hopkins sees five selected in MLL Draft

Posted on 12 January 2013 by WNST Staff

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.

 

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Five Greyhounds selected in MLL Draft

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Five Greyhounds Selected In Major League Lacrosse Draft

PHILADELPHIA – Five members of the defending NCAA Champion Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team were selected Friday night in the Major League Lacrosse Draft, including two in the first round and three of the top nine overall, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Friday night.

Josh Hawkins (5th overall, Hamilton Nationals) and Mike Sawyer (8th, Charlotte Hounds) were selected in the first round. Scott Ratliff (9th, Boston Cannons) was picked in the second; Davis Butts (19th, Denver Outlaws), third; and Reid Acton (26th, Hamilton Nationals), fourth.

“I want to congratulate each of these guys on what is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach. “They have already made great contributions to our program, and we are looking forward to even more from this year as we start spring practice on Monday.”

Hawkins has continued to be one of the top defensive midfielders in the nation and garnered considerable respect nationally for his play during the NCAA Championships. He was named a Preseason All-America First Team member after garnering honorable mention last season. Hawkins earned NCAA All-Tournament honors and helped the Greyhounds limit Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals on Championships weekend. In addition to his six goals and two assists in 15 games last year, Hawkins was second on the team with 63 ground balls.

Sawyer, a Preseason USILA All-America Second Team selection after earning the same honor following last year, was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player last season when he scored 52 goals and assisted on 10 more and was named the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. During the regular-season, he led the ECAC in goals and goals per game while earning All-ECAC First Team honors. He became the second player to score 50 or more goals in a season and was joined by a third on last year’s team. Sawyer will be reuinited in Charlotte, his hometown, with former Greyhound Eric Lusby.

Ratliff continued to be one of the top long-stick midfielders in the nation and set a Loyola scoring record for the position last year. This year, he was tabbed a Preseason All-America Second Team member and was on the USILA Third Team last season when he finished with 12 goals and seven assists, exceeding current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s previous record for a long-stick midfielder set in 1995. In addition to his scoring, he tallied 88 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Championships Most Valuable Player, NCAA All-Tournament Team and team co-defenisve player of the year honors.

Butts was a first-line midfielder for the Greyhounds for the second year in a row in 2012. This season, he was named to the Preseason All-America Third Team after picking up honorable mention last season. He excelled as a dodger and finisher and ranked fourth on the team in points (35) and third in goals scored (21). A versatile player, Butts also saw plenty of action on the wings of faceoffs and in the defensive midfield where he picked up 40 ground balls.

Acton will enter 2013 having started on the Greyhounds’ defense each of the last three years. The Preseason All-America Honorable Mention candidate who received the same award last season finished the 2012 season with 44 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers, while helping Loyola record a 7.21 goals allowed per game average, the fifth-best mark in Division I. The Greyhounds set a pair of defensive records during Championship Weekend, holding Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals in the two games and allowing the Terrapins just three in the title match.

Loyola will see outside competition for the first time in 2013 in just over two weeks. The Greyhounds travel to the Orlando area to face the U.S. National Team on Sunday, January 27, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at DisneyWorld. The regular season commences for Loyola on Saturday, February 16, at the University of Delaware.

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