3/1/12 5:39 PM
(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Rattlers have traded the rights to draftee Joe Cummings and an undisclosed draft pick in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Entry Draft to the Chesapeake Bayhawks for M Steven DeNapoli.
“Last fall we had some tough decisions to make in the MLL Expansion Draft and decided to leave M Dan Groot unprotected. After the Ohio Machine selected him it left us without a short stick defensive middie. While we felt that we addressed that need in the MLL Draft in January, there’s still a window in the beginning of the season where we won’t have a lot of depth at that position.” Rochester Rattlers Head Coach Tim Soudan said. “Steven is definitely someone who can come in and fill that hole for us in the beginning of the season.”
Steven DeNapoli was one of the best short stick midfielders in the country coming out of Hofstra University in the spring of 2011. DeNapoli was the 30th overall selection of the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 2011 MLL Draft. He played in five games as a rookie with the Bayhawks and scooped sixteen ground balls (3.2 GBs/game). He also added one assist for one point and logged 1:30 in penalty minutes.
DeNapoli collected 195 ground balls and caused thirty-one turnovers with Hofstra. He scored twelve goals and added eleven assists for twenty-three points in his career with the Pride. DeNapoli was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team in 2008. He was named second team All-CAA in 2009, and he was selected to play in the USILA North-South Game as a senior.
The Rochester Rattlers begin their tenth season in Major League Lacrosse on Saturday, April 28th 2012 against the Boston Cannons in Harvard Stadium at 7PM. The Rochester Rattlers home opener will be at Sahlen’s Stadium on Friday, June 1st 2012 against the Boston Cannons at 7PM. For ticket information please contact 585.454.5424 or check out www.rochesterrattlers.com for more information.