Rochester, New York is a hot bed of lacrosse talent. For evidence of this fact look no further than Webster Schroeder High School in Webster, New York – a suburb of Rochester.
In 2007 Grant Catalino was named the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year after scoring sixty-five goals and adding thirty-five assists for one hundred points . Catalino went on to become a three-time All-American at the University of Maryland where he finished seventh in goals scored (119) and tenth in points (185). On June 24
th 2011, a month after he scored seven goals and added three assists for ten points in Maryland’s Cinderella run to the NCAA Final, Rochester Rattlers rookie Grant Catalino tied an MLL single game record when he became the fifth player in league history to score nine goals in one game.
These eight collegiate seniors, with roots in the greater Rochester area, are looking to make the jump from the NCAA and join Grant Catalino in Major League Lacrosse this year. They have declared themselves eligible for the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft on Friday January 13
th, 2012. The draft begins at 8:30PM in the Philadelphia Marriott’s Liberty Ballroom.
The MLL Draft will be broadcast via streaming video on the Major League Lacrosse home page, or you can follow along live on Twitter @MLL_Draft.
Ben Knapton, LSM – Hartford
Scott Bement, Goalie - Hartford
Ben Knapton was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team last year after he finished sixth on the team in ground balls (28) and third on the team in caused turnovers (11). He also chipped in one goal and added two assists. As a sophomore Knapton played in all fourteen games for Hartford. He finished the season with a team high nineteen caused turnovers and collected thirty-five ground balls. As a freshmen Knapton started and played in all thirteen games. He collected twenty-four ground balls and caused fifteen turnovers.
Ben Knapton was a three year starter for Canandaigua Academy. He was a three-time All-League selection and a member of the Section V All-Tournament Team. Knapton was also a captain for Canandaigua.
Scott Bement was an America East All-Conference First Team selection as a junior. He was also named to the America East All-Championship Team after helping Hartford win their first ever America East tournament title and qualify for their first NCAA tournament appearance. After missing the first nine games of the season due to injury Bement posted a 5-3 record wirh a 8.44 goals-against average. He made eighty-five saves and recorded a .535 saves percentage. Bement was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team each of his first two years on campus and was named the America East Rookie of the Year as a freshmen. He has made 251 saves which leaves him seventh in school history with one season to play.
Scott Bement was a four-year letter winner with Canadaigua Academy. He was a senior captain for Canandaigua’s 22-1 Section V championship team that finished eleventh in the nation in Inside Lacrosse magazine. He was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, the Section V Defensive Player of the Year, the Daily Messenger Player of the Year, and the All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year.
Evan Gallina, Midfield – Siena
Evan Gallina has played for Siena for the past three years. As a junior he played in seventeen games and recorded one assist. He scooped twenty ground balls and caused nine turnovers. As a sophomore Gallina played in seventeen matches, scooped nine ground balls and notched two assists. As a freshman Gallina scored a goaland added an assist in seven games.
Evan Gallina earned four letters in lacrosse and two letters in football for the Knights. He started four years in midfield for the lacrosse team and was a kicker/wide receiver in football. Gallina earned All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention in lacrosse.
Kevin Randall, Defense – Notre Dame
Kevin Randall is a smart, fundamentally sound defenseman with a solid all-around game. He does a lot of things well. In his first three years with the Irish Randall has helped Notre Dame post a 6.19 goals-against average as a freshmen (NCAA 1st), a 7.53 goals-against average as a sophomore(NCAA 2nd), and a 6.56 goals-against average as a junior. As a sophomore Randall helped the Fighting Irish allow only twenty-three goals in four NCAA tournament games. Randall has collected thirty-five ground balls over three years with Notre Dame.
Kevin Randall earned letters in four sports at Penfield. As a sophomore he helped Penfield claim a 19-2 record. The Patriots claimed conference honors, regional honors and won the Section V championship. Randall started every game and helped Penfield surrender only 5.9 goals per game. Randall earned all-conference honors for three years and All-Greater Rochester honors for two years. He scooped fifty-two ground balls and was a team captain his senior year. Randall won a bronze medal with the Empire State Games Western team.
Penn Yan Academy
RJ Wickham, Goalie – Navy
Dana Wilber, Defense - Drexel
RJ Wickham has started thirty-four games over the past three years at the United States Naval Academy. He ranks in the top ten all-time in saves for Navy with 338 and still has one season left to go. In his first year Wickham became the first Navy goalie to start as a freshman in a dozen years and only the fourth freshman to start in goal in the history of the program in 2009. As a sophomore he was named as a USILA All-America Honorable Mention, the Patriot League Goalie of the Year, a First Team All-Patriot League selection, and one of twenty-six national finalists for the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy. His .593 save percentage ranked fifth nationally while his 8.55 goals-against average ranked eleventh.
R.J. Wickham was a three sport athlete with Penn Yan Academy earning two letters in football, three letters in basketball, and four letters in lacrosse. Wickham won four straight Section V Championships from 2004 to 2007 and was a high school All-America as a senior.
Dana Wilber is a two year captain with the Drexel University Men’s Lacrosse team. He was named First Team All-CAA as a sophomore and has ranked in the top three in ground balls each of the last two seasons. As a sophomore he led the team in ground balls with forty-nine and caused fifteen turnovers while starting every game. He also chipped in a career high three goals and one assist. He scooped thirty-nine ground balls last season and collected at least one ground ball every game.
Dana Wilber was an All-American on defense at Penn Yan Academy in 2008. He was named First Team All-League and he was a member of the Empire State Games Western team. Wilber was a three sport letter winner (football, basketball, lacrosse) at Penn Yann.
Andrew Palmer, Defense- Fairfield
Andrew Palmer is Fairfield’s active leader in ground balls (43) and caused turnovers (21) after only two years on campus. In 2011 Palmer was named to the All-ECAC Second Team after playing in every game for the team. He made fifteen starts, led the team in caused turnovers (23) and finished second in ground balls (31). In his first year with the Stags in 2010 he started the final thirteen games of the campaign. He led the team in both ground balls (43) and caused turnovers (21) while also chipping in one assist.
Drew Palmer scooped 205 ground balls over his three year varsity career at Webster Schroeder. During his senior season he was named Webster Schroeder’s defensive most valuable player after he collected 125 ground balls. He was selected First Team All-Greater Rochester. He was a two-time First Team All-County selection and a two year captain for Schroder. Outside of Webster Schroder High School Palmer won a silver medal with the Empire State Games Western team, played in the North/South Senior Showcase, and had a tryout with the Under-19 Team USA.
Jacob Ziegler, Defense - Jacksonville
Jacob Ziegler earned MAAC First Team honors in 2011 after he started fifteen games for Jacksonville. He collected forty-four ground balls and caused eighteen turnovers as a team co-captain. He started thirteen games as a sophomore and scooped twenty-two ground balls. He also caused eighteen turnovers and recorded a career best one goal and two assists.
Jacob Ziegler was a three year starter for coach Rob Ruller at Webster Thomas High School. He helped lead Thomas teams to a 14-5 record in both his junior and senior seasons. As a sophomore he helped lead Thomas to a 14-4 mark.