By Paul Ryan | 12/13/13 1:00 PM
The 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft is only four weeks away, on Friday, January 10, at the US Lacrosse Convention. We continue to profile some of the best prospects eligible for the draft as we look at Goalkeepers.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars to watch the Collegiate Draft live on the MLL’s Youtube channel starting at 8 p.m. on January 10.
Here are four of the best goalkeepers available for next season.
Alex Taylor – Salisbury
Alex Taylor simply knows how to win. The Salisbury keeper holds a 39-5 record in his three years thus far and led the team to back-to-back D-III titles in 2011 and 2012. His 5.32 goals against average last year was 2nd best in Division III and helped him make the D-III Third Team All-American. D III players have always enjoyed success in MLL, look at Boston’s Mike Stone, Rochester’s Jordan Macintosh and Ohio’s Connor Martin, so drafting this incredibly talented goalie should be a no-brainer.
Austin Kaut – Penn State
It’s hard to imagine any goalie will go before Austin Kaut in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft. Penn State has been a strong lacrosse program, but it’s hard to imagine where they’d be the past three seasons without Kaut. His .610% put him second in the nation for save percentage in 2013, trailing only current MLL goalie Dillon Ward. His 7.37 goals against average put him 3rd in the nation and earned him a spot as a First Team All-American. Boston might take a chance on Kaut, as they were the only team last year to allow more than 200 goals.
Niko Amato – Maryland
If not for Austin Kaut, Niko Amato very well could have been a First Team All-American. The netminder has an impressive 35-15 career record for the Terps and went 10-4 last year. The Second Team All-American also finished with a 7.98 goals against average (9th in nation) and a .594 save percentage (7th in nation). Any team that needs to cement their goaltending for next year should be interested in Amato.
Hayden Kirk – Pfeiffer
An honorable mention on the D-II All-American team, Hayden Kirk could be a dark horse pick in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft. The Farmingdale, N.Y., native starred in net for Pfeiffer, posting an 8.63 goals against average and a .554 save percentage.