BOSTON, MA - January 18, 2011 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) will hold its 2011 Collegiate Draft on Friday, January 21 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. The draft will take place in Baltimore, Maryland at The Power Plant. The event is open to the public and can also be viewed live at ESPN3.com.
The 2011 Collegiate Draft will be the first MLL draft conducted prior to the completion of the college season. It will consist of 8 rounds with a total of 48 players being selected. The order for the first round of the draft is currently:
1. Toronto Nationals 2. Rochester Rattlers 3. Denver Outlaws 4. Boston Cannons 5. Long Island Lizards 6. Toronto Nationals (from Chesapeake Bayhawks)
This will be the 11th Collegiate Draft in MLL history. Below is a list of the first overall picks in the previous 10 drafts:
2001 - Ryan Mollett, Rochester Rattlers (Princeton) 2002 - Josh Coffman, Rochester Rattlers (Syracuse) 2003 - Chris Rotelli, Bridgeport Barrage (Virginia) 2004 - Mikey Powell, Bridgeport Barrage? (Syracuse) 2005 - Kyle Harrison, New Jersey Pride (Johns Hopkins) 2006 - Joe Walters, Rochester Rattlers (Maryland) 2007 - Pat Heim, Chicago Machine (Penn State) 2008 - Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons (Johns Hopkins) 2009 - Kenny Nims, Chicago Machine (Syracuse) 2010 - Ned Crotty, Chicago Machine (Duke)
2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft Results Stony Brook's Kevin Crowley Taken First Overall
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior midfielder Kevin Crowley (New Westminster H.S./New Westminster, B.C.) of Stony Brook University was selected by the Hamilton Nationals with the first overall pick in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft held at the Power Plant on Friday evening.
Honored as the Division I Preseason Player of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine, Crowley became the first player in Stony Brook men's lacrosse history to earn first team All-America honors after scoring 51 goals with 26 assists. The 2010 America East Conference Player of the Year, he led NCAA Division I by averaging 4.53 points per game and scored a goal in 16 of 17 games.
The recipient of the Enners Award by the USILA, Crowley enters his senior season needing just 26 points to break the Seawolves' career scoring record. He has 101 career goals with 75 assists in three seasons.
With the second overall selection, the Rochester Rattlers selected senior defenseman Joel White (Cortland H.S./Cortland, N.Y.) from Syracuse University. White, a first team USILA All-America selection, was the recipient of the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin, Jr. Award as the nation's best midfielder. He led the Orange with 78 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. He ranked seventh in the nation in caused turnovers with a 2.07 average and ranked 15th with a 5.2 ground ball per game average.
A two-time first team All-America selection for the University of North Carolina, senior attackman Billy Bitter (Deerfield Academy/Manhasset, N.Y.) was picked by the Denver Outlaws with the third overall selection. Bitter, who scored 22 goals with 22 assists, was the first Tar Heel selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year after leading North Carolina to the NCAA Tournament quarter-finals.
University of Virginia senior midfielder Shamel Bratton (Huntington H.S./Huntington Station, N.Y.) was taken by the Long Island Lizards with the fourth overall selection in the draft. One of 13 Virginia players to earn first team All-America honors twice, Bratton played in 18 games for the Cavaliers last year and scored 24 goals with 17 assists. With 69 career goals, he ranks ninth among midfielders on Virginia's all-time scoring list.
A first team All-America selection, University of Notre Dame senior midfielder Zach Brenneman (East Hampton H.S./East Hampton, N.Y.) was selected by the Long Island Lizards with the fifth pick in the opening round. The leading scorer for the Fighting Irish, Brenneman helped Notre Dame reach the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship Game and led the team in scoring with 29 goals and 13 assists. Brenneman will begin his senior year with 56 career goals and 22 assists.
Syracuse senior midfielder Jeremy Thompson (Lafayette H.S./Nedrow, N.Y.) was picked with the sixth overall selection by the Nationals. A second team USILA All-America selection, Thompson scored 15 goals with eight assists while starting all 15 games. He won 58.2 per cent of his face-off attempts, which led the Big East Conference, and ranked third on the team with 46 ground balls. He tallied eight multi-point games, including a career-high five points against Villanova after scoring three goals with two assists. The Orange led all schools with seven players selected while Maryland and Notre Dame each had five players drafted.
2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft Results January 21, 2011 | Baltimore, Md.
Round Pick # Team Player School Position 1 1 Hamilton Kevin Crowley Stony Brook Midfield 2 Rochester Joel White Syracuse Defense 3 Denver Billy Bitter North Carolina Attack 4 Boston Shamel Bratton Virginia Midfield 5 Long Island Zach Brenneman Notre Dame Midfield 6 Hamilton Jeremy Thompson Syracuse Midfield 2 7 Hamilton Ryan Flanagan North Carolina Defense 8 Rochester Jovan Miller Syracuse Midfield 9 Denver Steve Serling Hofstra Midfield 10 Boston Josh Amidon Syracuse Midfield 11 Long Island Jay Card Hofstra Attack 12 Boston Brian Farrell Maryland Defense 3 13 Hamilton David Earl Notre Dame Midfield 14 Rochester Jordan McBride Stony Brook Attack 15 Denver Brett Schmidt Maryland Defense 16 Boston John Lade Syracuse Defense 17 Long Island Rhamel Bratton Virginia Midfield 18 Hamilton Kevin Ridgway Notre Dame Defense 4 19 Hamilton Dan Burns Maryland Midfield 20 Rochester John Galloway Syracuse Goalkeeper 21 Denver Grant Catalino Maryland Attack 22 Boston Kevin Kaminski Delaware Midfield 23 Long Island Ryan Young Maryland Attack 24 Chesapeake Barney Ehrmann Georgetown Defense 5 25 Hamilton Stephen Keogh Syracuse Defense 26 Rochester Tom Montelli Duke Midfield 27 Denver Jack McBride Princeton Attack 28 Boston Tom Compitello Stony Brook Attack 29 Long Island Sam Barnes Notre Dame Defense 30 Chesapeake Steve DeNapoli Hofstra Defense 6 31 Hamilton Adam Rand Stony Brook Midfield 32 Rochester Brian Caufield Albany Attack 33 Denver Andrew Irving Notre Dame Midfield 34 Boston Pat Dowling Delaware Midfield 35 Long Island Brian Karalunas Villanova Midfield 36 Chesapeake Michael Burns North Carolina Midfield 7 37 Hamilton Bill Henderson Army Defense 38 Rochester Adam Jones Canisius Midfield 39 Denver Andrew Lay Denver Midfield 40 Boston David Hawley Brown Midfield 41 Long Island Peter Mezzanotte Towson Midfield 42 Chesapeake Dan Hostetler Georgetown Defense 8 43 Hamilton Jeremy Boltus Army Attack 44 Rochester Matt Chatterdon LeMoyne Midfield 45 Denver Adam Ghitelman Virginia Goalkeeper 46 Boston Zach Howell Duke Attack 47 Long Island Matt Stefurak Delaware Defense 48 Chesapeake John Austin Delaware Midfield