By: Dan Kopf
Just under a week ago, Duke Attackman Ned Crotty, was celebrating winning the National Championship with his teammates by defeating Notre Dame 6-5. Today Crotty begins his MLL career as he is drafted by the Chicago Machine with the number one pick in the MLL draft.
Crotty had an outstanding senior season for the Blue Devils finishing first in the nation in assists, averaging 3.15 a game, and fourth in the nation in total points, with 4.3 averaged a game. Crotty also had 63 assists this season, breaking Dukes previous single season assist record of 56 held by Long Island Lizards attackman Matt Danowski.
Crotty also received the Tewaaraton award, which is awarded to the Nation’s top college lacrosse player. Crotty will fit perfectly into the Machine’s attack rotation. Crotty believes he will make an immediate impact to Chicago. “Duke’s fast up-tempo style of offense has really prepared me for the MLL game,” Crotty said. “Being able to play at that frantic pace has really braced me for the shot clock.”
In the second round the Machine selected Midfielder Martin Cahill out of the University of Delaware with the ninth pick in the draft. Before Cahill was selected the Machine traded their 7
th selection to the Toronto Nationals for the National’s 9
th overall pick, Midfielder Josh Sims, and Goalie Doc Schneider.
Machine General Manager Scott Hiller believes that this trade will help shore up their midfield while also adding depth to the goalie position. “We were looking to add depth at the midfield position because of the players we are losing to the World Championships,” Hiller said. “The trade also allowed us to still pick the guy we really wanted in Cahill.”
Cahill envisions stepping on with the Machine right away, fulfilling a versatile roll. “I’m just going to do whatever they [the Machine] ask of me. If they need a guy to just come in and scoop up groundballs then that’s great. If they ask me to do more than that, it’s even better,” Cahill said.
Cahill is a great two-point threat who will add a unique dimension to the Machines offense. With the 13
th overall pick the Machine selected Defender Diogo Godoi from the University of Massachusetts. Godoi stands at 6’3 215 pounds and is the physical presence the Machine will be counting on from the defensive end.
Godoi is very excited to play for the Machine alongside fellow UMASS graduate’s Kevin Leveille and Tim Balise.
In the fifth round the Machine selected Rutgers Midfielder Justin Pennington and followed that up in the 6
th with selecting Ari Sussman, Attackman, from Dartmouth. The Machine rounded out their draft by selecting Goalie Joe Marra out of the University of Fairfield.
The Machine and their new draft picks will be seen this Saturday when the (3-1) Machine take on the Long Island Lizards at John Fallon Field in Albany, NY.