Over the next few weeks, Major League Lacrosse will begin to activate many of the 2014 MLL Draftees. While some have already begun to play for their respective teams, many more are expected to enter the league now that the 2014 collegiate season has ended. Throughout the remainder of the season, weekly updates will be provided to track the rookies and their progress. Here is a look at the rookies who have already started, and those who are predicted to join their teams in the coming weeks:
Back in January, the Machine managed to grab the first pick in the draft—Tom Schreiber, midfield (Princeton). In the two games he’s played with the team, Schreiber has scored 4 goals, with 1 assist and 3 groundballs. It’s apparent after two games that Schreiber will be a player to keep an eye on as he slowly moves to the top of the Ohio point leader board. Ohio’s second pick, Rob Guida, a midfielder from Johns Hopkins, finished his senior season with the Jayhawks scoring 16 goals, with 17 assists and 12 groundballs. Both Schreiber and Guida will hopefully assist the Machine in generating more offense.
The only Rattlers rookie who has played with team so far, has been John LoCascio, a defensive player out of Villanova. In his first game with Rochester, LoCascio picked up 2 groundballs and had 1 shot on goal earning the first Cascade Rookie of the Week honor for 2014. Two players who could possibly be playing with Rochester this weekend are Mark Cockerton, attack (Virginia), and Miles Thompson, attack (Albany). In his senior season, Cockerton scored 47 goals, with 16 assists and 29 groundballs. Thompson, who finished at Albany with his cousin Ty (who could be joining the Rattlers at any time), had an impressive college career, scoring 189 goals and picking up 104 assists. The Thompson cousins are sure to bring an element of excitement to the team. Also expected to join the team in the next few weeks, is Duke attackman Jordan Wolf, who just won his second consecutive NCAA Championship, had an outstanding season scoring 64 goals and had 39 assists.
Joe Fletcher, defense (Loyola), is the only draftee to have joined the Lizards so far. Fletcher joined the Lizards in Week 4 to assist the team in their 11-9 victory over the Machine. In the game he collected 2 ground balls, and helped to keep Ohio to single digits in scoring. After his first game he was selected as Week 4’s Warrior Defensive Player of the Week. The Lizard’s second pick, Luke Duprey, defense (Duke), is coming off of a NCAA Championship win. During a conference game against Virginia, Duprey tore his ACL and MCL causing him to miss the rest of the regular season. Although he played in the championship, it is unclear due to his injury when he could join the Lizards, should he sign a contract.
The Launch picked up rookie Kieran McArdle, attack (St. John’s), who has had an impressive start to his professional career. So far this season, McArdle has picked up 6 goals, with 2 assists and 3 groundballs in two games, as well as being named the Cascade Rookie of the Week during Week 4. Rookies Chris LaPierre, midfielder (Virginia), and Joe Meurer, defense (Ohio State) have also recently joined the Launch. LaPierre scored 1 goal and picked up 3 groundballs, and Meurer had 1 groundball in Florida’s 15-12 win over Chesapeake. Also expected to join the Launch is midfielder Ryan Creighton out of UNC, who scored 5 goals in his senior season.
Two of the Outlaws’ draftees expected to join the team in the next week are Denver midfielder Jeremy Noble and Bryant Midfielder Colin Dunster. Noble, who was one of the team leaders in points scored 13 goals and had 36 assists this season with the Pioneers. Dunster, much like Noble, was one of the point leaders for Bryant. He scored 39 goals with 12 assists. Although Denver continues to remain in first place, Noble and Dunster could potentially offer an offensive boost.
Three of the Hounds’ rookies had impressive outings this past weekend at the NCAA Championship. Mike Chanenchuck, a midfielder out of Maryland, scored 2 goals and had 1 assist in the team’s lost to Notre Dame in the semifinals. Over the course of the season, Chanenchuk scored 36 goals and had 23 assists. Both Henry Lobb, defense, and Brendan Fowler, faceoff, had notable performances in their NCAA Championship win with Duke. Lobb had 3 groundballs and was able to hold Notre Dame’s top offensive player, Matt Kavanagh, to 2 goals. Fowler, won the faceoff against Notre Dame at key moments throughout the game, including in the final minutes to secure Duke’s win. This season Fowler was 301-510 on faceoffs for the Blue Devils. Chanenchuk and Fowler can possibly assist the slow Charlotte offense, while Lobb’s tight coverage should help the defense.
While the Cannons have a solid starting goalie in Jordan Burke, Fairfield goalie Jack Murphy will prove to be an interesting backup. During his senior season, Murphy had 156 saves with a .544 save percentage, and a record of 12-4. Two other rookies that could join Boston are Erik Smith, midfield (Air Force), who had 25 goals and 15 assists this season, and Phil Poe, midfield (UMBC), with 4 goals, 2 assists, and 140 groundballs. Smith will be able to help lift the Cannons on offense; while Poe’s remarkable number of groundballs could help the team keep possession of the ball.
The Bayhawks have three rookies that could be making an appearance in this weekend’s game against the Machine: Dylan Levings, Pat Kiernan and Mark McNeil. Levings, faceoff and midfield, had 3 goals, 3 assists and was 183-315 on the faceoff this season. The Navy long-stick midfielder, Kiernan, had 3 goals, an assist and had 73 caused turnovers. McNeil out of UNC had 2 goals and 29 groundballs in 2014. Chesapeake hopes to improve their record and get back to the success of last season, and with the potential help of Levings, Kiernan, and McNeil, this could be a possibility.
Be sure to check back next week for the latest information on the MLL’s 2014 Rookie Class.