(ROCHESTER, NY…) The Rochester Rattlers announced that seven of their 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft picks have signed with Major League Lacrosse today.
Joel White (Rattlers First Round Pick – Second Overall) was a three time All-American defensive midfielder for the Syracuse University Orange. He was a first team USILA All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist after his junior year when he collected 78 ground balls and caused 31 turnovers while scoring 6 goals and adding 4 assists for 10 points. White became the first defensive specialist to win the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin, Jr. award as the nation’s top midfielder. As a senior White scooped 79 ground balls and caused 30 turn overs while adding 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points. He was again recognized as a USILA First Team All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. White won two national championships with the Orange, and was an integral part of a defense that posted a goals-against average under 8.00 each of his four seasons on campus. He finished his career at Syracuse with 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points while collecting 283 ground balls.
Jovan Miller (Second Round Pick – Eighth Overall) was a two-time All-American and a two-time National Champion with the Syracuse University Orange. He scored 15 goals and added 6 assists while scooping 48 ground balls as a junior short stick defensive midfielder on an Orange team that led the nation in scoring defense. As a senior he started in 17 games and scored 14 goals with 11 assists for 25 points while collecting 24 ground balls. Miller finished his career with 35 goals and 29 assists for 64 points while collecting 117 ground balls.
Jordan McBride (Third Round Pick – 14th Overall) was a four-time All-American at Stony Brook University where he scored forty or more goals each season for four straight seasons. As a freshman, McBride had a record setting season with 44 goals and 11 assists for 55 points. He added 41 goals as a sophomore and 48 goals as a junior before netting 41 goals this spring. McBride finished his career tenth on the NCAA scoring list with 175 goals and 209 points. He had 42 multi-goal games and 31 hat tricks.
John Galloway (Fourth Round Pick – 20th Overall) was a two-time first team All-American as a four-year starter in goal for Syracuse University. In 2008 he became only the fifth true freshmen to lead his team to an NCAA championship. In 2009 he became the only goalie in NCAA history to win the national championship as a freshmen and a sophomore. As a junior Galloway set a school record and led the nation in goals-against average (7.16) before he broke his own school record with a 6.70 goals-against average as a senior. He was the two-time Big East Goalie of the Year. Galloway is the only goalie in Syracuse history to win the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the nation’s top goalie. He won the award in 2010 and 2011.
Grant Catalino (Outlaws Fourth Round Pick - Acquired via trade with Denver) was a three-time All-American at Maryland where he compiled a 45-22 record and led the Terps to their first ACC Championship since 2005 and their first NCAA title game since 1998. Catalino finished his career tenth in Maryland Men’s Lacrosse history in points (185) and seventh in goals (119). He scored 4 goals in the ACC tournament and recorded 7 goals and 3 assists in Maryland’s Cinderella run to the NCAA finals. In 2007,Catalino was named the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year after leading Webster Schroeder (Rochester, NY) to a 19-1 record with 65 goals and 35 assists for 100 points.
Brian Caufield (Sixth Round Draft Pick – 32nd Overall) finished his career fourth on the University of Albany’s career list with 92 assists. He was on the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List as a junior with 10 goals and 22 assists before missing the last five games of the season with a broken jaw. Caufield’s career started with back to back forty point seasons when he scored 27 goals and added 21 assists for 48 points as a freshmen. He was named an honorable mention USILA All-American after recording 24 goals and 27 assists as the nation’s second highest scoring sophomore. Caufield had 9 goals and 22 assists this spring. He finished his career with 162 points.
Matt Chadderdon (Eighth Round Draft Pick – 44th Overall) was a four-year midfielder with NCAA Division II powerhouse LeMoyne College. Chadderdon leaves with a 58-7 career record with the Dolphins, three appearances in the national championship game, four NE-10 regular season championships and one NE-10 tournament championship. Chadderdon was a three-time All-American who was named a first-team USILA All-American the past two seasons. He was a first team All-Conference nominee for the second straight year, and finished the season third in goals (24) and fourth in points (33). Chadderdon was the 2010 Northeast-10 Conference and USILA Player of the Year.
“We’re really excited about the draft picks that we are bringing in this year. It’s a great group with what we feel are the best players in the country at their positions. John Galloway and Joel White are two of the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy tomorrow night, so they really are some of the best players in the country in 2011. It’s also notable how many of these players have local roots in Western New York.” Rattlers Coach BJ O’Hara said.
The Rattlers will be practicing in Rochester twice this weekend. On Saturday the Rattlers will be at Total Sports Experience (880 Elmgrove Road Rochester, NY 14624) from 4PM to 6PM. On Sunday the Rattlers will be practicing 9:30AM to 11:30AM at Sahlen’s Stadium. Both practice sessions are open to the public.
The Rattlers return to action in Major League Lacrosse on Friday June 10th, 2011 at 7:30PM in Sahlen’s Stadium when they take on the Hamilton Nationals.
For more information contact the Rattlers Communications Office at (585) 454-5425