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Stony Brook Seawolves attacker Kylie Ohlmiller was the top overall pick in the 2018 College Draft by the Boston Storm. They also chose Boston College Eagles standout Kenzie Kent with the third overall pick. You can see the entire list here.

Here’s a breakdown of draftees from school, with Stony Brook leading the way with seven players drafted:

2018 UWLX Draftees By School

Schools # of Players
Schools # of Players
Stony Brook 7
Syracuse 5
James Madison, Northwestern 4
Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina 3
Canisius, Cornell, Duke, Florida, Hofstra, Jacksonville, Oregon, Penn, Penn State, Towson, Virginia, Virginia Tech 2
Adelphi, Albany, High Point, Johns Hopkins, Louisville, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. Bonaventure, UMass 1

Meanwhile, WPLL CEO and Founder Michele DeJuliis wrote an op-ed for Inside Lacrosse on why the league is more than just a league.

Manhattan Jaspers head coach Drew Kelleher announced the return of former Jasper goaltender James Amandola as a volunteer assistant coach:

"I could not be more excited to welcome Coach Amandola to the Manhattan Lacrosse Staff," said Kelleher. "Not only are we adding a terrific coach, but also a member of the Manhattan College Hall of Fame that will help us tremendously."

Amandola returns to Riverdale after previously serving as the Head Coach at Tappan Zee High School and is the Director/Founder of Tappan Zee Youth Lacrosse.

A standout during his time at Manhattan, Amandola led the Jaspers to their lone MAAC Championship in 2002 while also winning MVP honors. Additionally, he was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, selected to the North/South Game, received "The Wall" award for best goalie performance in a season (24 saves against Georgetown in the NCAA tournament) and had the best save percentage in the nation (67%).

Marisa blesses us with a post on how the development of American goaltenders can help close the cap with Canada in box lacrosse:

The American goalie in the National Lacrosse League has been a rarity, with NLL Hall of Famer Sal LoCascio and later Erik Miller being the only ones to consistently break the mold. The likes of Joe Evans and Chris Collins have earned tryout bids and practice squad spots at times, but Miller is the last to get a shot in the NLL.

“We’re licking our wounds even with field players,” [Regy] Thorpe said. “A lot of our guys got cut last week with the NLL announcing rosters. A lot of Americans we thought would get roster spots aren’t on there. I’m sure a lot of those guys will creep back up. But to see goalies not in the mix is disheartening.”

The current goalies for the Americans include David Mather, who has played primarily in Canada, along with Brandon Miller and Evans. Evans hasn’t played professionally since the Rhode Island Kingfish closed shop in 2013, and Brandon Miller hasn’t played above the Senior B level in Rochester.

“If you are going to see a U.S. [goalie] get an opportunity to play in the NLL, they are going to need league expansion and exposure to playing indoor lacrosse at that level as a young man,” Erik Miller said. “The talent pool in Canada is too deep for many of the guys down here to get a look. I was very fortunate with my opportunity. Dennis Townsend, Dave Huntley and John Tucker gave me a chance. I was lucky enough to pick it up well enough to be dangerous.”

STAND UP, NEWBURY COLLEGE! The school announced they’ll be adding Division III lacrosse in 2019!

Grovetown High School in Georgia is also adding lacrosse!

Hartford Hawks head coach Ryan Martin announced his newcomers for the 2018 season:

Martin is creating depth in nearly every position for the upcoming season with the addition of three attackmen – Gavin Saylor (Slatington, Pa.), Christian Paley (Somers, Conn.) and Percy Booth (Onondaga Nation, N.Y.) – and six midfielders – Tyler Corpora (Macungie, Pa.), Carter O'Connell (Nepean, Ottawa), Andre White (Columbus, Ohio), Luke Postiglione (Manhasset, N.Y.), Justin Tkachuk (North Gower, Ottawa) and Alexander Smith (Bethesda, Md.).

The defense will also receive some added depth with the incorporation of defender Wade Tucker (Fallston, Md.), long-stick midfielders Quinn Amato (Naperville, Ill.) and Tyler Parkinson (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and goalie Nicholas Ferraro (Haddonfield, N.J.).

"This group of young men has represented the University of Hartford positively, and we believe they are going to have tremendous careers both in the classroom and on the field," Martin said. "The future of Hartford Lacrosse continues to look bright!"

Would not do this, even for $100 trillion.

Would do this, even for $1.

Some Nittany Lions took a break from practice to hear from a guest speaker:

An interesting article from Brian Sharp of the Democrat & Chronicle on how Rochester lost it’s minor league lust, which also includes losing the Rattlers.

Philly Jawns

Friendly reminder: If the Dallas Cowboys lose tonight to the Washington Redskins (probably happening), the Philadelphia Eagles, who are 10-1, will clinch the NFC East.

World News

Happy Holidays! An American Airlines computer glitch gave all pilots vacation during Christmas, and nearly 15,000 flights are in jeopardy.

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