Major League Lacrosse held its annual Collegiate Draft in Philadelphia at the 2014 U.S. Lacrosse National Convention. The event -- the 14th in the league's history -- marked the second time that the Ohio Machine had the first pick in the draft (the Machine chose first in 2013, selecting Colgate's Peter Baum with their pick). With its selection, the Machine took Princeton's Tom Schreiber first overall, making Schreiber the second Tiger to go first in the draft since the Rochester Rattlers took Ryan Mollett with the first pick overall in the inaugural 2011 Collegiate Draft.
Schreiber's selection was the biggest no-brainer of the event. A 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, Schreiber is arguably the most dynamic midfielder in Division I lacrosse this coming season and was an invitee to the U.S. National Team tryouts over Labor Day Weekend this past September. Schreiber becomes the 18th Princetonian selected in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft's history and ends the Tigers' draft day shutout streak (no Princeton players were selected in the 2013 Collegiate Draft).
The entire first round shook out as follows:
- 1. Ohio Machine -- Tom Schreiber (Midfield, Princeton)
- 2. Rochester Rattlers -- Jordan Wolf (Attack, Duke)
- 3. New York Lizards -- Joe Fletcher (Defense, Loyola)
- 4. New York Lizards -- Luke Duprey (Long-Stick Midfield, Duke)
- 5. Florida Launch -- Kieran McArdle (Attack, St. John's)
- 6. Denver Outlaws -- Jeremy Noble (Midfield, Denver)
- 7. Charlotte Hounds -- Michael Ehrhardt (Defense, Maryland)
- 8. Boston Cannons -- Scott McWilliams (Defense, Virginia)
As this is a site dedicated to Division I college lacrosse, here are a few nuggets from the Collegiate Draft relative to college lacrosse concerns:
NUMBER OF DIVISION I PROGRAMS REPRESENTED
67 schools will compete at the Division I level for the 2014 season. Almost half of those teams -- 33, to be exact -- had at last one player selected in the draft. That mark exceeds the 2013 number of 30 schools, a fact that illustrates the depth of talent that exists in college lacrosse.
HIGHEST NUMBER OF DRAFT PICKS (SCHOOL)
Half of the picks of the draft came from nine schools -- Duke (six); Johns Hopkins and Maryland (four); and Denver, Loyola, North Carolina, Penn State, Syracuse, and Virginia (three). The Devils, however, took home top honors on the night, earning three of the top 16 picks. Loyola and Maryland each had two players drafted in the first two rounds with eight other Division I schools -- Princeton, St. John's, Denver, Virginia, Ohio State, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, and Towson -- having one player taken through the first 16 selections.
Among schools with at least three selections, Loyola had the highest average draft position (11.67), followed by Duke (20.67), Virginia (27.00), Maryland (27.75), Syracuse (29.00), Johns Hopkins (32.00), Denver (32.67), Penn State (34.33), and North Carolina (37.00).
HIGHEST NUMBER OF DRAFT PICKS (CONFERENCE)
There's a reason that the ACC has the potential to be the most difficult division ever created for any sport: The league is drunk on talent. After a year in which the ECAC dominated the Collegiate Draft (the league accounted for 13 of the 64 selections in 2013), the ACC reasserted its position as the strongest incubator of talent in college lacrosse, having 20 -- !!!! -- picks through the eight rounds (31.25 percent of the draft constituted ACC selections). That's . . . that's bonkers. Sliding in behind the ACC was the Big East with eight picks, the Patriot League with seven selections, and THUNDERDOME! and the Ivy League with six picks each. Almost three-quarters of the draft picks from the event came from those five conferences.
It's not just that the ACC dominated the draft through aggregation, though. The league smoked its competition in the first two rounds of the draft, accumulating seven of the first 16 picks. No other conference approached that mark, with the Patriot League and Big East each represented with two picks and five Division I leagues -- Ivy, ECAC, THUNDERDOME!, and Johns Hopkins (a one-team non-conference conference) -- having a pick each. One league -- the MAAC -- didn't register a pick throughout the entire draft. Please send an Edible Arrangement to the MAAC home office.
ELIGIBLE FIRST- THROUGH THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICANS TAKEN
There were 13 guys from last season's Division I All-American lists (first- through third-team) that were eligible for the Collegiate Draft this year. All were taken in one of the eight rounds:
- First-Team: Tom Schreiber (first overall); Joe Fletcher (third); Brendan Fowler (14th); Austin Kaut (19th)
- Second-Team: Jordan Wolf (second overall); Kieran McArdle (fifth); Michael Ehrhardt (seventh); Scott McWilliams (eighth); Mike Chanenchuk (11th); Niko Amato (29th)
- Third-Team: Rob Emery (17th overall); John LoCascio (26th); Mark Cockerton (56th)