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Ohio Machine Sign Mike Begley and Johnny Pearson

November 5, 2018 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Ohio Machine News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Machine have signed midfielders Mike Begley and Johnny Pearson after drafting them in the first of two MLL Supplemental Drafts. Contract negotiations with the rest of the Machine's supplemental draft picks are ongoing.

"We picked up both of these guys right out of college and our coaching staff knows that they are fully capable of getting the job done," Machine Head Coach and General Manager Bear Davis said. "We're excited to see how they fit in with us when they come into training camp."

A 2015 graduate of Marist College, Begley amassed 112 points on 76 goals and 36 assists. In his senior year, Begley scored 27 goals, 16 assists and 63 ground balls. Begley was named a Division I Honorable Mention All-American, a Tewaaraton watch list candidate, an All-MAAC selection twice throughout his career and helped lead his team to an NCAA tournament berth in 2015. The Machine acquired Begley's rights out of college in June 2015. After stops with the Boston Cannons, Atlanta Blaze, and Ohio, Begley accumulated 19 points and 17 ground balls over 20 games in his MLL career so far.

Pearson was drafted by the Ohio Machine in the sixth round (53rd overall) of the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft. The former Ohio State Buckeye finished his senior season as a national finalist and ranked third on the team in scoring with 33 points on 26 goals and seven assists. Named to the Big Ten All Academic team and was a preseason All Big Ten selection his senior year. At the conclusion of his senior year Pearson was selected 19th overall in the 2017 NLL draft by the Saskatchewan Rush and was recently picked up by the San Diego Seals.

Both players will compete for a roster spot at training camp this Spring.


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