By Becca Church | 12/20/13 5:00 PM
The 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft is only three 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 Defenders.
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.
When it comes to defense, numbers don’t necessarily translate the way they do for attack, or at least it’s not all about the numbers. Here is a group of college senior defenders who have proven in their careers so far that they could have what it takes to make it in the MLL.
Scott McWilliams- UVA
His freshman year at UVA, this defender appeared in all 18 games, starting every single contest as a true freshman and was tied for No. 2 on the squad with 16 caused turnovers. As a sophomore, he had 29 ground balls and was a USILA All-American honorable mention. As a junior had 48 ground balls, caused at least one turnover in all 15 games except for the season finale against North Carolina, finished the season No. 2 in the nation with 36 caused turnovers, and was a USILA second-team All-American.
Joe Fletcher- Loyola
This senior defender at Loyola saw considerable action on defense as a first-year player, playing in all 13 games, and moving on to his sophomore year starting all 19 games and earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention and All-ECAC Second Team honors. As a junior he earned USILA All-America First Team honors and was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year. Now as a senior, he has been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team training roster for the 2014 World Cup, the only current college player on the team.
Joe Meurer- Ohio State University
His freshman year at Ohio State, Meurer had 30 groundballs to rank fourth on the squad and had 8 caused turnovers. As a sophomore he saw action in all 15 games and had 25 groundballs and six caused turnovers, and as a junior he was voted the team’s defensive MVP, was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American, was a First Team All-ECAC selection, and led the team with 18 caused turnovers.
John Fennessey- Towson
After suffering a season-ending injury his freshman year, as a redshirt freshman the following year he started all 13 games, earned CAA All-Rookie Team honors, had 14 ground balls, and was ranked second on the team with 13 caused turnovers. As a redshirt sophomore he earned second-team All-CAA honors and had 18 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, and then as a redshirt junior he received first-team All-CAA honors and was second on the team with 16 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.
Luke Duprey- Duke
This senior defender played in all 20 games his freshman year and had 21 ground balls and forced 12 turnovers. As a sophomore he played in all 20 games and had 18 ground balls and had 17 caused turnovers, and in total he has 69 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers. With his strength and speed, Duprey has proven an asset in creating fast-break opportunities off of transition and has shown his talent with close defense as well.