By MLL Communications | 11/11/13 6:00 PM
Monday was a very busy day on the trade front as several players were on the move. Most notably MLL stalwart Matt Striebel and 2010 Cascade Rookie of the Year Ned Crotty will be playing for the New York Lizards in 2014. New York sent Grant Catalino and draft picks to Rochester in the Crotty deal, and Stephen Peyser to Ohio in exchange for a draft pick and John Austin. Lastly, the Machine sent Joe Cummings to Charlotte in exchange for a 2014 Collegiate Draft selection.
Striebel is one of the last few players to have been in the league since its inception. He is the league’s all-time leader in games played with 150. His 215 career goals, 22 2-point goals, 111 assists and 348 points are all top-10 on the all-time list. The Princeton grad has won 3 MLL titles – all with the Philadelphia Barrage – and has recorded 18 goals in just eight playoff games.
Striebel hasn’t showed any sign of slowing down. In 2013, he finished with 17 goals, his highest goal total since 2008. His eight 2-point goals last season tied his career high, which he set in 2012. In the final game of the 2013 season, Striebel recorded four goals, including three 2-pointers, for a season high seven points.
Crotty has made a name for himself as one of the best attackmen in the game. After going 1st overall in the 2010 MLL Collegiate Draft, Crotty was named Cascade Rookie of the Year in 2010. In his freshman campaign, he recorded 24 points in just seven games with the Chicago Machine.
Since then, Crotty has registered at least 15 goals and 15 assists in each of the past three seasons. In 2011, he and Paul Rabil finished tied atop the scoring leaderboardwith 50 points. In 2013, Crotty notched 20 assists, good for third in the league. Crotty recorded multi-point games in all but three contests this year.
Over the course of six MLL seasons, Peyser played in a total of 70 games, scoring 103 goals and tallying 18 assists. Peyser played for the Lizards from 2009-2013 and most recently played in 13 games for New York where he scored 13 goals and tallied two assists. While with the Lizards, Peyser was named an MLL All-Star and received All-MLL honors in 2011 after a career-best season of 32 points from 22 goals, including six two-point goals, and four assists.
Catalino returns to Rochester after spending two seasons with the Lizards. The 6-foot-5, 225 pound Catalino is a menace in his attack position, scoring 17 goals in his first two seasons in the league. Since entering the league in 2011, Catalino has registered 48 points in 24 games. In his rookie season, he finished third on the Rattlers in points, finishing behind only Crotty and Striebel.
In his two years in the league, Cummings has been quite impressive. His 20 goals last season put him second on the Machine, while he recorded a point in all but two games. His 36 points in just 17 games puts him above two points per game for his career. In addition to his strong offensive output, Cummings scooped up 12 ground balls.
Austin, a 2012 graduate of the University of Delaware and Shoreham, NY native, did not play in any games with the Machine in 2013. In 2012, Austin played in six games with the Hamilton Nationals, notching seven points (3g, 2a, 1 2-ptg). Austin was drafted 48th overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft