NCAA Men’s Lax Tournament Draft Watch

With all eyes on those playing in this weekends Final 4, players have a chance to rise...or fall in the MLL Draft

The MLL Collegiate Draft is June 6th. Many collegians will be invited for interviews by all the MLL teams and to play Team USA in a scrimmage, giving talent evaluators a chance to see them against some of the Worlds best.  For many that will be the last chance to impress GM’s and coaches, for the lucky few who have advanced to the NCAA Final 4, this weekend is a great chance in a pressure situation to show everyone what they got. 

Let’s take a look at some of the key seniors on each team that MLL decision makers and you should keep an eye out for… 

Notre Dame 

 

Focus on the Notre Dame goalie, Scott Rodgers. He’s top 10 in the nation in goals allowed per game and save percentage. He’s displayed a fiery leadership that makes it almost impossible NOT to notice him. Notre Dame didn’t deserve to be in the tournament, according to ME, but they’ve made the most of their opportunity, thanks to Rodgers. 

Rodgers gave up just 5 goals to Princeton and 5 goals to Maryland. Notre Dame is on the Rodgers Ride, hot goaltending makes all the difference, if the Rodgers Ride proves to be an express, they could win it all. 

Rodgers has positioned himself as the top goalie in the draft, will he show enough this weekend to pressure a team to take him in the first round? 

Virginia 

 

The Cavaliers backfield tandem of Ken Clausen and Ryan Nizolek has been the best defensive pairing in the country. These guys do it all. Clausen is touted a little more, considered a solid first round pick, while Nizolek has done almost as much in his shadow. 

The Cavaliers are led by mostly underclassmen, a good sign for their future, but their present is on the shoulders of these two defenseman, who need to be at their best for UVA to have a chance of winning it all. 

UVA has been the top team in the country all year, but they’re battling off-field adversity, it will be a theme of the weekend that you wont be able to escape, and it is worth keeping an eye on. 

Oh, and don’t forget Brian Carroll, midfielder, who is fourth on the Cavaliers in points. The Maryland native will be playing in front of his home crowd and is fighting for a spot likely in the third-fifth round range. 

Cornell 

 

I honestly haven’t seen much of the Big Red this season so I’ll defer to their web-site…these are the two to watch for… 

Ryan Hurley 

One of the best offensive players to ever wear a Cornell uniform, Hurley earns his third consecutive honorable mention All-American selection after leading the Big Red with 45 goals and ranking second on the team with 57 points. He currently ranks ninth in the nation in goals per game (2.65) and he is riding a 49-game point-scoring streak, the longest on the team and the third-longest in the nation. Hurley recently moved into second place in Cornell history for career goals (138) and ranks third overall in career points (176). He is also just the second player in Cornell history to score 40 goals in three-straight seasons, joining Mike French ’76. 

Pierce Derkac 

Derkac earns his first-ever All-American selection with a third-team nod, after being named first-team All-Ivy earlier this season. He has seen action in every game over the past three seasons and this year he has developed into the leader of the Cornell defense at the long-stick midfielder position. A finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community, Derkac serves as a team co-captain and has been an integral part of the Big Red’s face-off unit. He currently ranks 33rd in the nation with 4.12 ground balls per game and is second on the team in caused turnovers (19). In the classroom, Derkac holds a 3.41 grade-point average and is majoring in Applied Economics and Management. 

Duke 

 

Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani. Both are guaranteed to hear their names in the first round of the MLL Draft. They were highly regarded entering their senior seasons, had a lot of pressure, and rose to the occasion. Crotty is the jack of all trades, great passer, content on setting up Quinzani who seemingly never fails to find the back of the net. Who’s better is a matter of preference. 

Don’t forget Duke’s all-everything defenseman Parker McKee. Not to be confused  his brother who put in a solid year for Duke at midfield, Parker epitomizes the “Anchor” cliché so often associated with defense. Anchor in the form of stability, as his athletic, fast, smooth style of play is anything but anchor-esque. 

There you have it, your guide to how the NCAA Final 4 will impact the MLL Draft. Check out all the action starting Saturday at 4pm on ESPN2. And don’t forget to watch the Championship game on Memorial Day on ESPN2 at 3:30pm!

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