January 11, 2013 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals used their first pick tonight to select defensive midfielder Chris Lapierre second overall from the University of Virginia. The pick was the first of 11 for Hamilton, who stockpiled its roster with defensemen and midfielders at the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft in Philadelphia.
LaPierre, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, was a two-time USILA All-American (second team 2012, third team 2011) and a two-time All-ACC selection. The native of Medford, NJ has notched 38 points and 206 ground balls in 51 games. LaPierre was named the lone captain at Virginia for the 2013 season to become the 34th solo captain in UVa men's lacrosse history, which dates back to the 1925 season.
The Nationals next pick was fifth overall, having sent midfielder David Earl and LSM Steven Waldeck to the New York Lizards. Hamilton selected Josh Hawkins from 2012 Division I National Champion Loyola. The 5-11, 190-pound defensive midfielder was named to the Preseason All-America First Team by Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook. In 2012, he gathered in 63 ground balls in 15 games. The Amherst, Mass. native was a USILA All-American Honorable Mention and an NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2011.
Hamilton opened the second round (10th overall) by taking Orangeville, Ontario native Jason Noble from Cornell University. Noble, 5-10, 165, made it three for three for the Nationals taking defensemen. In 2012, he collected 162 ground balls in 47 career games en route to Second Team All-American and First Team All-Ivy League honors. In 2011, he also earned Honorable Mention All-American, Honorable Mention All-Ivy League, and All League All-Tournament Team accolades.
The Nationals selected two-time All-American midfielder John Haus from the University of Maryland with the 15th overall pick. The Lutherville, Md. native is a two-time USILA All-American and has developed into one of the top all-around midfielders in the nation. Last season, he was third on the team with 31 points (15+16).
Hamilton went to the US military for both picks in the third round. With the 18th overall selection, the Nats picked defenseman Casey Carroll from Duke University. Carroll returned to college lacrosse after spending five years (2007-12) in the 3rd BN 75th Ranger Regiment of the US Army. The Baldwin, NY native was a First Team All-American in 2007 and was a two-time All-American selection in his previous seasons with the Blue Devils.
With the 21st pick, Hamilton went after Army's James "Garrett" Thul. The Flemington, NJ native is a monster attackman at 6-3, 231 pounds. The West Point team captain is a three-time All-Patriot League and a two-time All-American. He enters the 2013 season riding a 39 goal-scoring streak, which is the second longest active streak in the nation. He has 122 career goals heading into his final season, ranking fifth on Army's career goal-scoring list and sixth in Patriot League history.
In the fourth round, the Nationals tabbed Loyola defenseman Reid Acton. The Toronto native was named a Preseason All-American Honorable Mention selection by Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook. In 2012, he started all 19 games on defense for the Greyhounds and was a USILA All-American Honorable Mention choice. The 6-3, 200-pound defender caused two turnovers in the NCAA Championship game and helped Loyola limit Maryland to just three goals, a Championship Game record.
The fifth round (34th overall) produced faceoff specialist/midfielder and Manlius, NY native Mike Poppleton from Johns Hopkins. Last season, he won 167-of-271 (.616) faceoffs and led the team with 78 ground balls. His 167 faceoffs won were the seventh-highest single-season total in school history.
With the 42nd overall selection, Hamilton picked midfielder Jake Tripucka from Duke University. In 2012, he played in 20 games and started 16 at midfield. He registered 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points. In 56 career games, he has 24 goals and 23 assists. He has a famous father, Kelly, who played in the NBA for 10 years with the Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets.
In the seventh round, Hamilton went after another midfielder with the selection of Hamilton, Ontario native Cameron Mann. Last season, he played in 12 games and led Jacksonville University in scoring with 41 points (19+22). He became the first player in JU history to score more than 100 career goals. The team captain was named an All Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team for the second consecutive year.
Hamilton used its final pick (58th overall, eighth overall) to select Nick Doherty from Villanova University. The midfielder has appeared in 38 games in his career, tallying 26 goals, 17 assists and 43 points over three seasons. He has also captured 39 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Prior to the draft, Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced that Championship Weekend will take place at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on August 24th and 25th.