BOSTON (December 17, 2015)– The Atlanta Blaze have made quick work in the offseason in preparation for their inaugural season at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Just one day following the 2016 Supplemental Draft, the Blaze have traded their first draft choice (No. 1 overall), Jeremy Boltus, in addition to John Ranagan and their 8th round pick in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade. In return, the Rochester Rattlers send Atlanta Kevin Rice, Conor Doyle and Graeme Hossack.
The 2011 Cascade MLL Rookie of the Year Boltus is heading back to Rochester where he spent the 2015 season following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. His 18 goals last season were good for 4th on the team and a trip to the 2015 All Star Game where he was named the Coca Cola Player MVP for a 6 goal performance.
Midfielder and Johns Hopkins Graduate Ranagan is also going back to Rochester where he played during the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons and added 65 points (46 g, 19a) Atlanta acquired Ranagan with the 6th pick in the 2016 MLL Expansion Draft.
Attacker Kevin Rice played his rookie season in 2015 with the Rattlers totaling 26 points (15 g, 11 a). Rochester picked up attacker Doyle in the 2016 Supplemental Draft with their first draft pick (No. 8 overall) and LSM Hossack with their 3rd draft pick (No. 26 overall).
The 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade takes place on Friday, January 22 at 8:30 pm. This will be held in conjunction with the US Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore, MD. The draft can be viewed live on Lax Sports Network and accessed through MLL Radio.