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Ohio Machine Sign Warren Hill, Holden Cattoni and JP Kealey

November 8, 2018 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Ohio Machine News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Machine have signed goalie Warren Hill and attackmen Holden Cattoni and JP Kealey, the team announced today. Hill was recently the starting goalie of the Iroquois Nationals Team at the 2018 FIL World Championship in Israel, and earned a bronze medal. Contract negotiations with other Machine supplemental draft picks are ongoing.

"We're very fortunate to continue to sign high talent and these three certainly are just that," Machine Head Coach and General Manager Bear Davis said. "Warren will bring great poise to our developing defense, and certainly Cattoni and Kealey have great experience with their NLL backgrounds. We're excited to see how that translates to the MLL."

A 2016 graduate of Syracuse University, Hill has had experience at a variety of levels prior to competing in the 2018 FIL World Championships. The two-time NJCAA All American at Onondaga Community College was twice named the Mid-State Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year while leading his team to a perfect 35-0 record and back to back Junior College National Championships. This following summer, Hill was the starting goalie for the Iroquois Nationals U-19 team at the FIL World Championships where his team captured a bronze medal and upset Team USA for the first time at any level of outdoor international play. Hill was named to the U-19 FIL All-World Team. At Syracuse, Hill finished his career with 79 saves and a .454 save percentage over two seasons. At the indoor level, Hill was selected 20th overall in the 2016 NLL Entry Draft by the Georgia Swarm and recently signed with the New England Black Wolves

In three years with the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, Cattoni was able to collect 87 career points and broke the 20-goal mark each of this three years. The DeWinton, Alberta native also scored four game winning goals over that span, including three in 2015 alone. Cattoni was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2014 and a Big Ten All-Tournament Team honoree in 2015. Cattoni was selected by the Calgary Roughnecks in the 2017 NLL entry draft and has since produced 102 points in 33 career games. Last month, Cattoni was traded to the Georgia Swarm and has since signed a three-year contract.

Kealey joined Robert Morris in 2014 as a 6'0", 180-pound attackman/midfielder from Ottawa, Ontario following a stellar junior career in Canada. He started in all 14 games for the Robert Morris that year, leading the team with 23 goals, finishing fourth on the team with 40 points and earning a selection to the All-Northeast Conference Rookie Team. He recorded three hat tricks in his first and only full collegiate season, including a five-goal outburst against Michigan in an Apr. 26, 2014 non-conference game. A knee injury wiped out his 2015 season, and he only appeared in two games for RMU in 2016, scoring a goal and an assist. Kealey went on to play for the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association, a Senior A (top-tier) professional indoor league, in British Columbia. in 2016, he registered 43 points on 20 goals and 23 assists in 12 contests for the Thunder, including a pair of three-goal, three-assist games. Kealey was selected 10th overall in the 2017 NLL Draft by the New England Black Wolves, and had four points in two games in 2018.

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


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