December 11, 2013 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Chesapeake Bayhawks
ANNAPOLIS, MD . - The Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) further strengthened their squad with midfielder Cameron Holding (Grand Valley State '11) as their first pick, 2nd overall, in the 2014 MLL Supplemental Draft. Chesapeake received the first round pick (and the 28th overall pick) in a trade immediately prior to the draft from New York in exchange for midfielder Kevin Cooper and face-off specialist Matt Dolente.
Holding, a Michigan native, has been a stand out in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) for the past two years. In his career with the Colorado Mammoth the midfielder has posted 6 goals and 13 assists for 19. In his senior year at Grand Valley State, Holding was awarded the CCLA Offensive Player of the year and the Offensive MVP of the CCLA Tournament. He was also named to both the CCLA 1st Team All-Conference and MCLA 1st Team All-America. Currently playing for the Mammoth, Holding is trying out for the Canadian National Team for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship.
With the 16th overall pick, the Bayhawks selected league veteran short stick defensive midfielder JJ Morrissey (UVA "Â06). Most recently Morrissey played for Boston (2011), but did not play in 2012 or 2013. Throughout his career, the Massachusetts native has tallied 121 ground balls and 21 points with 11 goals and 10 assists.
The Bayhawks used their next two picks to add goalies back to their protected roster. Tyler Fiorito (Princeton '12) and T.C. DiBartolo (Mt. St. Mary's "Â11) were selected 24th and 28th respectively. Both goalies were on the Chesapeake roster for the consecutive 2012 and 2013 MLL Championship titles.
With the 32nd and 34th picks, the Bayhawks drafted defensemen Kyle Rubish (Dowling '10) and Andrew Sellers (Salisbury '12). Rubish collected 31 ground balls during his 14 games played with the Hamilton Nationals and Sellers was previously on the Bayhawks roster and tallied 3 ground balls in one game last season for Rochester.
Three attackmen were added to the roster with Jack Forster (Penn State "Â13) at the 40th pick, Jordan McBride (Stony Brook "Â11) at the 88th pick, and Jimmy Dailey (Stevenson "Â11) at the 96th pick. McBride played for Denver in 2012 and recorded 38 points on 29 goals and 9 assists. Daily was previously on the Chesapeake roster in 2012 and 2013.
The team got stronger defensively with the 48th, 52nd, and 56th picks with Jon Hayes (Western New England '08), Sam Ford (Brown '13), and Anthony Santomo (UPenn '13) respectively. Hayes previously played for Boston and tallied 5 points on 4 goals and 1 assist.
Finally Chesapeake enhanced the midfield with Will Harrington (Towson '10) at the 64th pick, Justin Smith (Salisbury '05) with the 72nd pick, and Jovan Miller (Syracuse '11) with the 80th pick.
"Although we weren't able to get everyone back, we were pleasantly surprised to bring Tyler Fiorito, Andrew Sellers, Justin Smith, and Jimmy Daily back to our roster," head coach Dave Cottle stated. "There were a lot of impact players in this Supplemental Draft which is unusual. We are excited to see how training camp turns out."
Chesapeake will head to training camp in the spring to finalize the roster after the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft in January. Training camp is sure to be a tough one with the magnitude of talent on the squad.
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