By Paul Ryan | 2/11/14 3:00 PM
Most of the 2014 draft picks have started their collegiate campaigns, with some having huge performances in their opening game.
Six MLL picks on the Duke Blue Devils started their season with a win on Saturday, defeating Jacksonville 16-10. No. 2 overall selection Jordan Wolf (Rochester) scored twice and added four assists. Josh Dionne (Charlotte) netted five goals, while fellow Hounds draftee Brendan Fowler went 18-for-28 in the faceoff ‘x.’ No. 4 pick Luke Duprey (New York) scooped up two ground balls and caused three turnovers.
The No. 3 overall pick and a 30-man US Lacrosse finalist, Loyola’s Joe Fletcher (New York) grabbed three ground balls and caused three turnovers in a 14-13 OT loss to Virginia. On the other side of the field, first-round selection Scott McWilliams (Boston) grabbed two ground balls, while Rob Emery (Boston) scored twice and Mark Cockerton (Rochester) recorded a hat trick.
University of Denver star and Denver Outlaws draftee Jeremy Noble paced the Pioneers attack this weekend, scoring a goal and adding four assists in a 14-8 victory over Air Force. Fellow Outlaws draft pick Jamie Faus played well in net, allowing just five goals in 45 minutes of play.
Charlotte’s top selection and No. 7 overall pick Michael Ehrhardt terminated Mount St. Mary’s attack, as Maryland trounced the Mountaineers, 16-3. Fellow Terp Mike Chanenchuk (Charlotte) scored three goals and added a helper while netminder Niko Amato (Florida) has a goals against of 4.00 with a save percentage of .700 after the win.
One of the best performances came from fourth rounder Jackson Place (Ohio). The Bucknell defender completely shut down Delaware’s offense, allowing just four goals and picking up two ground balls in a 6-4 win. Opposing Place, James Connelly (Denver) had seven ground balls for Delaware, causing three turnovers.
15th overall pick Thomas DeNapoli (Charlotte) found the back of the net four times and also registered an assist in an 11-8 win over High Point. Colin Dunster (Denver) scored three of Bryant’s four goals in a 7-4 loss to Colgate.
Finally, on Monday night, three draftees made their season debut with Syracuse in a 19-7 win over Siena. Bayhawks top pick Matt Harris (21st overall) scored, as did teammates Scott Loy (Ohio) and Derek Maltz (Ohio).