Major League Lacrosse’s 2012 Collegiate Entry Draft will be held Friday, January 13 th 2012 from 8:30PM to 11PM at the Marriott Liberty Ballroom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Rochester Rattlers will have the third overall selection in the draft. Here is a look at nine players who are at the top of most Major League Lacrosse team’s draft boards five days before the draft.
5'10" 195 lbs.
If you could sneak into a Major League Lacrosse team’s war room and peak at their draft board you would find Rob Pannell and Virginia’s Steele Stanwick at the top of the list. Pannell won the 2011 USILA Lt. Raymon Enners Award as the National Player of the Year with forty-two goals and forty-seven assists last season. Pannell also won the USILA Jack Turnbull Award as the National Attackman of the Year for the second time after first winning the award in 2010 when he recorded twenty-nine goals and fifty-one assists for eighty points. He is a three time All-American (First Team – 2010, 2011; Third Team – 2009) who has notched ninety-six goals and one hundred forty assists in the first three years of his career. Pannell has scored at least one point in each of his fifty-two career games.
6’4” 210 lbs.
Mark Matthews was a 2011 USILA Second Team All-American after posting forty-six goals and twenty-four assists for seventy points his junior year. Matthews efforts were recognized when he was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year. He has scored 108 goals through his first three years with the Pioneers, and he has scored thirty-five or more goals each of his last two seasons on campus. Matthews has added forty-four assists for 152 career points.
6’2” 270 lbs
Mark Manos and Princeton’s Tyler Fiorito are the best two goalies available in this year’s draft. Manos is a two-time All-American (2011 – Honorable Mention, 2010 – Third Team). In his junior year he was eleventh in the nation with a .563 saves percentage. He also recorded a 9.09 goals-against average and 166 saves. As a sophomore Manos was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year after he led Drexel to four wins against top ten teams. His 8.29 goals-against average and .585 saves percentage both ranked in the top ten nationally. As a freshmen Manos was named the CAA Rookie of the Year. His .595 saves percentage was ninth in the country while his 8.36 goals-against average ranked in the top twenty.
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6’1” 197 bs.
CJ Costabile burst onto the national scene in the 2010 NCAA Championship game when he won a face-off against Notre Dame in overtime and went down the field to score the winning goal. That same year he was named a USILA Third Team All-American. He went 75 for 138 on face-offs (.543 %) and scooped ninety-five ground balls. He also scored four goals and added five assists for nine points. Last season Constabile was again named a Third Team All-American. He went 97 for 186 from the ‘X’ (.572 %), repeated his 2010 scoring performance with nine points (five goals and four assists), scooped ninety-five ground balls, and caused twenty-three turnovers.
6’1” 204 lbs.
Michael Manley is widely regarded as the best defenseman available in the 2012 MLL Draft. He was a USILA Third Team All-American as a junior in 2010. He played in nineteen games and anchored a defense that allowed 8.98 goals-against per game. He scooped forty-four ground balls and caused seventeen turnovers. As a sophomore he played in eighteen games and helped anchor a defense that allowed 8.42 goals per game. In 2008 Manley won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award as a freshemen. He played in eighteen games on a defense that posted a 8.30 goals-against average which led the ACC and ranked eighth nationally. Manley missed the 2011 season with a medical red shirt and will complete his final year of eligibility this spring.
6’2” 200 lbs.
Fiorito has been named to the All-America team each of his first three years with the Tigers. He joins Mark Manos at the top of most Major League Lacrosse team’s draft boards in goal. He was named as a Third Team USILA All-American and a unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection as a junior in 2011. His .614 saves percentage was second in the nation and his 7.53 goals-against average was eighth. As a sophomore Fiorito was a USILA Second Team All-American, and he was a member of the Under-19 Team USA that won the 2008 World Championships in Vancouver. As a freshman he was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American. His 7.40 goals-against average was fourth in the nation while his .587 saves percentage ranked eleventh. Fiorito has started every game of his collegiate career.
6’2” 200 lbs.
Jimmy Dunster is one of the best middies in the country. He is a two-way player who has a complete game on the offensive end. He prides himself on playing both ends and can even play wing on faceoffs. Dunster never wants to come off the field. In 2011 he scored thirteen goals and added eight assists as a junior. In 2010 he was named USILA All-America Honorable Mention after scoring seventeen goals and providing thirteen assists. In 2009 he was named as UNC’s outstanding freshmen after he scored thirteen goals and added eight assists for twenty-one points.
6’0” 182 lbs.
Chris Bocklet is a two-time All-America who has already scored one hundred goals in his career. He was selected as a USILA All-America Honorable Mention as a junior in 2011 when he scored forty-four goals and added five assists. In 2010 he was named a USILA All-America Honorable Mention after he scored fifty-three goals and fourteen assists for sixty-seven points. He had a scoring streak where he scored at least one goal in thirty-five straight games snapped in the 2011 NCAA Championship.
6’0” 190 lbs.
Steele Stanwick and Rob Pannell are the best two players available in this year’s draft. Stanwick is a two-time All-American who won the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy after he scored thirty-two goals and add thirty-eight assists for seventy points. He was also named a First Team All-American and the ACC Player of the Year in recognition of his efforts. Stanwick’s nine goals and twelve assists in the NCAA Tournament also earned him an All-NCAA Championship Team nod. Stanwick was selected as a USILA All-America (Second Team) after scoring twenty-nine goals and adding thirty-two assists as a sophomore. Stanwick has ninety-seven goals and ninety-two assists after his first three seasons with the Cavilers.