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Florida Launch 2014 Schedule Announced

 

 

Launch Builds Strong 2014 Draft Class

Building up towards its 2014 inaugural season, the Florida Launch came in strong with its seven picks during the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.

The Launch began its night by drafting St. Johns University record-setting attackman Kieran McArdle with its first pick and fifth overall of the night. McArdle goes into his senior year after ending his junior season being named a USILA All-American, becoming the first player in school history to receive the honor. McArdle was also named BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year after he led the BIG EAST in points (85), goals (36) and assists (49), as well as set St. Johns record for points and assists in a season. At the end of the 2013 season, McArdle led the NCAA in assists, averaging 3.77 per game, and ranked second in the NCAA for points per game with 6.54.

“Kieran McArdle is a great player who fits a hole we have,” said Head Coach Stan Ross. “We needed an attackman that can handle multiple things and can handle the ball, as well as be a good feeder and dodger. And overall with the entire draft, we got the pieces we needed to fill our other holes and we are excited about these players.”

The Launch kept adding to its collegiate draft board with its second round picks of The Ohio State University defenseman Joe Meurer (10th Overall) and University of North Carolina midfielder Ryan Creighton (12th Overall).  Meurer, who will serve as team co-captain for the 2014 season, has played with the Buckeyes in 47 games over the past three seasons, tallying 90 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers.  Three-time Tar Heel captain Creighton finished his junior year as an USILA honorable mention All-American with 11 goals and three assists, as well as tallying 22 groundballs and nine turnovers.  Creighton has played in a total of 50 games for North Carolina, tallying 28 goals and 12 assists for a total of 40 points.

The Launch closed out the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft by picking up Maryland goalie Niko Amato (29th Overall), Colgate defenseman Bobby Lawrence (45th Overall), Providence midfielder Andrew Barton (53rd Overall) and Jacksonville attackman Duncan Clancy (61st Overall). The Launch begins its inaugural season at home on Saturday, April 26, against the Denver Outlaws.

The Launch currently holds the rights to the players named below. No NCAA player has made any commitment (express or implied) to play in Major League Lacrosse following graduation.

 

2014 Florida Launch Collegiate Draft Class:

1st Pick (5th Overall): (A) Kieran McArdle – St. Johns 

2nd Pick (10th Overall): (D) Joe Meurer – Ohio State

3rd Pick (12th Overall): (M) Ryan Creighton – North Carolina

4th Pick (29th Overall): (G) Niko Amato – Maryland

5th Pick (45th Overall): (D) Bobby Lawrence – Colgate

6th Pick (53rd Overall): (M) Andrew Barton – Providence

7th Pick (61st Overall): (A) Duncan Clancy – Jacksonville 

THE FLORIDA LAUNCH ADDS MORE DEPTH TO INAUGURAL SEASON

ROSTER AFTER SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT  

The Florida Launch (Launch), which begins its inaugural season in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) in April 2014, added more depth to its inaugural season roster with 12 players from the 2014 MLL Supplemental Draft.

With its first pick of the draft, the Launch drafted attackman Billy Eisenreich who most recently played for the Ohio Machine for two seasons after being drafted as the 21st Overall pick in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft. Prior to MLL, Eisenreich played four seasons for Bucknell University and finished his senior season scoring 34 goals and tallying 32 assists. Eisenreich’s 66 points tied him for the fourth-most points in a season in Bucknell history. Throughout his career, Eisenreich earned two selections to the First Team All-Patriot League, and was named one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy.

The Launch continued to add to its inaugural season roster withMLL veterans Brett Garber and Chazz Woodson plus newer MLL additions with Kyle Wimer and Grant Kaleikau. Entering into his eighth MLL season, Garber has tallied 26 and 14 assists in a total of 43 games for Boston, Chicago, Rochester and Ohio. Prior to MLL, Garberplayed for four years at University of Massachusetts and was named to the All-New England First Team twice.  During his senior season, Garber was the only player on his team to have a point in all of the teams 14 games.

Woodson, a MLL All-Star, is entering into his tenth MLL season after playing for Long Island, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Florida. Woodson has played in a total of 72 games and recorded 93 goals and 39 assists for a total of 132 points. Woodson was drafted in the 2005 MLL Collegiate Draft by Long Island after playing for Brown University from 2002 to 2005. Woodson played all four season with Brown and was named two-time All-Ivy League and two-time All-New England selection. 

 

2014 Florida Launch Supplemental Draft Picks:

1st (5th Overall)

Billy Eisenreich (A) – Bucknell

2nd (8th Overall)

Brett Garber (M) – Massachusetts

3rd (13th Overall)

Kyle Wimer (M) – UMBC

4th (21st Overall)

Grant Kaleikau (A) – Delaware

5th (29th Overall)

Chazz Woodson (A) – Brown

6th (45th Overall)

Chris Mattes (M) – Rutgers

7th (53rd Overall)

Nick O’Hara (D) – Duke

8th (61st Overall)

Zach Palmer (A) – Johns Hopkins

9th (69th Overall)

Trevor Timmerberg (M) – Bellarmine

10th (77th Overall)

Steven Panarelli (D) – Syracuse

11th (85th Overall)

Mario Ventiquattro (A) – Ohio State

12th (93rd Overall)

Scott Kahoe (M) – Syracuse

 

The Launch currently has 36 players on its 2014 roster and will add four more players before the start of 2014 training camp, which begins in early April.  The Launch also has one more opportunity to acquire players during the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft on January 10, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

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Boston (Nov. 22, 2013) – The Florida Launch, Major League Lacrosse’s newest team, announced the schedule for its 2014 inaugural campaign.

While the club is still finalizing details about its home venue, to be announced at a later date, Florida fans can now plan ahead knowing the dates of all the home games.

The Launch will begin the season with three home games starting on April 26 as Head coach Stan Ross hosts his former team, the Denver Outlaws.  The homestand will continue on May 3, with a visit from the Charlotte Hounds and will close on May 10 when the Ohio Machine travel to Florida.

On May 17 the Launch will embark on its first road test with a tilt against the 2013 Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks in Annapolis, Md. The club will then have a bye for Memorial day weekend before traveling to Rochester to face the rattlers on June 1.

The Launch returns home on June 7 to host the New York Lizards and travels to Charlotte to face the Hounds on June 14.

The club will close out the month of June with two more home games against the Rattlers on June 20 and the Bayhawks on June 28.

On July 3 the Launch will kick off Independence Day weekend with a visit to New York in advance of another bye week to allow for the FIL World Games in Denver the weekend of July 12.

Florida will then visit the Outlaws on July 20 before returning home for the final home game of the season on July 26 against the Cannons.

The Launch will close out the season on the road with a trip to Boston on August 2 and a trip to Ohio on August 9 that will mark the end of the regular season.

The top four teams in the league will square off the following weekend in the semifinals with the fourth seed visiting the top seed and the No. 3 seed traveling to the No. 2 seed. The winners of the two games will face off in the Championship on August 23 when the 2014 champion will be crowned.

Season and individual tickets will be on sale soon. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should contact the MLL League office at 617-746-2233 or visit www.floridalaunchlacrosse.com for up to the minute information.

Full schedule can be found below with home dates in bold:

Day

Date

Opponent

Saturday

4/26/2014

Vs. Denver

Saturday

5/3/2014

Vs. Charlotte

Saturday

5/10/2014

Vs. Ohio

Saturday

5/17/2014

at Chesapeake

Saturday

5/24/14

Memorial Day Bye

Sunday

6/1/2014

at Rochester

Saturday

6/7/2014

Vs. New York

Saturday

6/14/2014

at Charlotte

Friday

6/20/2014

Vs. Rochester

Thursday

6/26/2014

All-Star Game

Saturday

6/28/2014

Vs. Chesapeake

Thursday

7/3/2014

at New York

Saturday

7/12/2014

World Games Bye

Sunday

7/20/2014

at Denver

Saturday

7/26/2014

Vs. Boston

Saturday

8/2/2014

at Boston

Saturday

8/9/2014

at Ohio


Aug Sat 9
18
AT
8
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Aug Sat 9
10
AT
14
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Aug Sat 9
13
AT
19
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Aug Sat 16
11
AT
15
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Aug Sat 16
13
AT
14
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Aug Sat 23
12
AT
11
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