Baltimore, MD (Jan. 24) Coach Tim Soudan entered the 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft with one goal...to further build a roster that just a few months ago competed for the MLL Championship Trophy.
"Soudo" was able to survey the latest class of top college prospects and pick valuable additions that will be needed to again compete for the Steinfeld Cup this upcoming season.
Added to an already dominant roster are several newcomers that will undoubtedly add layers of talent needed to continue success in an extremely competitive league.
Rochester made a splash in the first round by using their first two selections to secure a force offensively while also providing the support of a defensive-minded Middie.
The first pick was used to grab Jesse King, a highly touted Midfielder out of Ohio State. King is a powerhouse on the offensive side of the ball that has proven the ability to score goals.
Holding back-to-back picks in the first round, the Rattlers next went to a D-Middie that was hyped to be one of the best turnover machines in the draft. A product of Notre Dame, Jack Near should pan out to be a valuable contributor to an already sturdy field of players.
The Ratz rounded out the draft by selecting depth at defense in Jordan Stevens (Cornell) and Sean Young (Syracuse).
As per tradition, Rochester was able to capitalize on late-round selections, taking Attackman Randy Staats (Syracuse), and Mike MacDonald (Princeton). The highly capable duo are primed to add offensive power at the pro-level following the sample they left throughout their college careers.
Lastly, Rochester gained a formidable back-stopper out of Army in Sam Somers, and a local product from RIT by the way of Kyle Aquin.
Together, Rochester’s eight picks stack up to be additional weapons in an already established arsenal of talent that came within one goal of winning it all in 2014. Look for the Rattlers to again fight for their stake in the league’s top honor this year.
Round 1- Pick 6: Jesse King - Midfield (Ohio State)
Round 1- Pick 7: Jack Near - Midfield (Notre Dame)
Round 3- Pick 21: Jordan Stevens - Defense (Cornell)
Round 4- Pick 29: Randy Staats - Attack (Syracuse)
Round 5- Pick 37: Sean Young - Defense (Syracuse)
Round 6- Pick 44: Mike MacDonald - Attack (Princeton)
Round 7- Pick 51: Sam Somers - Goalie (Army)
Round 8- Pick 59: Kyle Aquin - Midfield (RIT)
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