Looking back at the Draft Class of 2012
With the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft two weeks away we decided to take a look at how the first round ‘Class of 2012’ fared last season.
#1 Rob Pannell – Attack - selected by New York Lizards – Cornell
The 2012 Collegiate Draft No. 1 selection suffered a season-ending injury at Cornell and opted to stay in school for one extra year. New York decided to retain his rights and Pannell is sure to make an impact should he decide to join the Lizards after he finishes his college career.
#2 Steele Stanwick – Attack – Selected by Ohio Machine – Virginia
Stanwick enjoyed an excellent rookie season with 2012 expansion Ohio. He appeared in nine games recording 11 goals and led the team in assists with 17 (good for seventh in the league). The 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner recorded the game-winner at Hamilton last July.
#3 Mike Manley – Defense – Selected by Rochester Rattlers – Duke
The former Blue Devil appeared in 11 games for the Rattlers in 2012. Manley ranked fourth on the team for groundballs.
#4 Mark Matthews – Attack – Selected by Denver Outlaws – Denver
Matthews ranked fifth in goals scored for t he Outlaws and finished the season with 19 goals and nine assists. He marked his professional debut vs Chesapeake last June with a four goal and two assist game, a feat he repeated against Charlotte in July.
#5 C.J. Costabile – Defense – Selected by Chesapeake Bayhawks – Duke
Costabile’s rights were traded to New York in May and the Duke product appeared in 10 games for the Lizards scoring three goals and recording 20 groundballs.
#6 Colin Briggs – Midfield – Selected by Denver – Virginia
Briggs appeared in eight games scoring two goals and assisting on four more, while collecting 10 groundballs. He had his best performance against Ohio in July when he scored one goal and provided two assists. Briggs was traded to New York in the offseason for attackman Zack Greer.
#7 Chad Wiedmaier – Defense – selected by Hamilton – Princeton
Wiedmaier appeared in nine games and recorded one assist. He had 18 groundballs tying him for sixth on the Nationals roster.
#8 Rob Rotanz – Midfield – Selected by Ohio – Duke
Rotanz appeared in two games for the expansion Machine before being traded to Rochester at the end of June in exchange for two second round draft picks in the 2013 Collegiate Draft. He scored a total of 10 goals his rookie season (one with Ohio) and recorded two assists while collecting five groundballs.
Curious to find out what the 2013 Collegiate Draft Class will look like? Tune in to MajorLeaugeLacrosse.com on Jan. 11, at 8:30 p.m. to see who gets selected #1.