As expected, the Minnesota Swarm selected left-handed forward – and Examiner Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Year – Logan Schuss (Ohio Machine MLL/ New Westminster) with the number one pick in Monday night’s 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario.
The Swarm then used the number two selection to draft left defenseman Jason Noble (Hamilton Nationals MLL/ Kitchener-Waterloo). With an unusually high selection for a goaltender, the Colorado Mammoth took netminder Dillon Ward (Hamilton MLL/ Kitchener-Waterloo) with the third overall pick before Minnesota grabbed righty transition specialist Cameron Flint (Boston Cannons MLL/ Brampton) at number four.
This year’s six-round, 55-selection draft – like the NLL and the indoor game itself – was again dominated by Canadian box players from the Senior and Junior A leagues north of the border although only four of the NLL’s nine franchises are based in Canada.
Some names more recognizable to fans of the pro outdoor game included 2013 Tewaaraton winner Rob Pannell (RF, New York Lizards MLL), who went to the Philadelphia Wings at number 50; and Eric Law (RF, Denver Outlaws MLL), selected by the Toronto Rock with the 18th pick.
Scott Jones (RF, UMBC/ Burnaby) was the highest selection among players with Maryland-area connections, going to Minnesota on the seventh pick.
Chesapeake Bayhawks draftee Adrian Sorichetti (Left Transition, Hofstra/ Brooklin) was claimed at number 13 by the Edmonton Rush. The Wings snagged left defenseman Tucker Durkin (Johns Hopkins/ Hamilton MLL) with the 19th pick while his former Blue Jay teammate Zach Palmer (LF, Whitby) went to Minnesota at number 23. The Swarm also took right defenseman Reid Acton (Loyola/ Hamilton MLL/ Six Nations) at 21.
Colorado smartly picked up – with the 40th selection – Dom Sebastiani (RT, Denver MLL), whom the Bayhawks traded to the Outlaws last week. Former Loyola star Josh Hawkins (RT, Charlotte Hounds MLL) went to the Vancouver Stealth at number 41.