2/10/12 11:07 AM
Steele Stanwick (Attack) – University of Virginia
MLL Collegiate Draft – 1st Round (2nd overall)
Stanwick currently plays for University of Virginia, where he has played for the past three seasons, including UVA’s 2011 NCAA Championship season. Stanwick began his college tenure in 2009, where he was named 2009 ACC Rookie of the Year. In 2010, Stanwick was named USILA Second Team All-American, All-ACC, All-ACC Tournament and All-NCAA Championship Team. Last season, Stanwick was the recipient of the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy and named UVA Team Captain, USILA First Team All-American, All-NCAA Championship Team, ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC. He finished the 2011 season ranked third in the nation in assists per game and fourth in points per game.
Garber on Stanwick: “Steele could be a tremendous team player with great vision and has the potential to be one of the best attackman in the MLL in 2012.”
Algie on Stanwick: “Not only does Steele have amazing on-field talent but his lacrosse I.Q. is staggering as well. It will be fun to watch him during his senior season with UVA.”
Rob Rotanz (Midfielder) – Duke
MLL Collegiate Draft – 1st Round (8th overall)
Draftee Rob Rotanz enters his senior season at Duke University as the team’s fourth leading returning scorer, finishing the 2011 season with 23 goals. After his junior season, Rotanz was named an USILA All-American honorable mention. Rotanz was also named ACC Offensive Player of the Week once during the season after tallying four goals and an assist in a victory over Virginia. Rotanz was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Honor Roll. During Duke’s Championship season in 2010, Rotanz started in 13 games and had a goal and an assist against Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In his freshman season Rotanz also made an impact in the postseason scoring the game winning goal in the ACC Championship game against North Carolina.
Garber on Rotanz: “Rob is a big, strong initiating midfielder who could be a serious threat to create a scoring play every time he has the ball with us.”
Algie on Rotanz: “Speed, size and athleticism is a dangerous combination in the MLL, and should he play for us, Rob will bring all of those attributes to the table.”
Anthony Biscardi (Midfield) – UMass
MLL Collegiate Draft – 2nd Round (16th overall)
In 2011 Anthony Biscardi was named to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List after an outstanding sophomore season. In 2011, Biscardi finished third on the team with 30 points (20 goals, 10 assists). Biscardi netted a point in 12 of 14 games, including a game winning goal in overtime to send the Minutemen to the CAA Championship game. As a sophomore, Biscardi was a 2010 CAA Second-Team midfielder. Biscardi started 10 games at midfield before starting the final three at attack. Biscardi finished his sophomore campaign with 21 goals and 14 points. During his freshman year Biscardi had two groundballs in the NCAA First Round against Princeton and scored his first collegiate goal against Sacred Heart.
Garber on Biscardi: “Anthony is a powerful two-way player at the midfield whose explosiveness in the open field could give our transition offense some outstanding scoring opportunities if he plays for us.”
Algie on Biscardi: “We love Anthony’s versatility; he has the potential to be dangerous from anywhere on the field.”
Billy Eisenreich (Attack) – Bucknell
MLL Collegiate Draft – 3rd Round (21st overall)
After playing the last two years at the midfield position, Eisenreich will switch back to attack for the 2012 season. In 2011, Eisenreich was named to the Patriot League’s All-Conference First Team after tallying 19 goals and 14 assists in only 13 games. During his sophomore season, Eisenreich scored in nine different games, including scoring two goals against Towson. Eisenreich began his college career at attack, playing in 12 games and scoring four goals.
Garber on Eisenreich: “Billy, who is a smart, versatile goal scorer, could be very dangerous in the half-field offense.”
Algie on Eisenreich: “Billy is another versatile and creative player who could possibly create matchup problems for the defense.”
Alex Demopoulos (Attack) – Denver
MLL Collegiate Draft – 3rd Round (24th overall)
The 2011 season was a career year for Alex Demopoulos. Demopoulos was named to the All-ECAC Second Team after being named the ECAC Player of the Week twice. Demopoulos finished the season ranked 23rd nationally in assists with 28. Demopoulos also ranked 23rd in the nation in points per game with 3.22, as well as scooped up 40 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers. On March 6th Demopoulos tied a Denver record by netting eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) against Manhattan. In 2010, Demopoulos led the team in points with 60, scoring 36 goals and dishing out 24 assists. Demopoulos also finished with a 50.7 shot percentage and earned USILA All-America Honorable Mention honors. Demopoulos also had a successful freshman campaign, finishing the year with eight goals.
Garber on Demopoulos: “Alex is very crafty attackman with great hands and vision and is a proven point generator who could be handy for us if he decides to play in the MLL.”
Algie on Demopoulos: “Alex is a guy who has proven he can get it done at attack with and make his teammates around him better.”
Bobby Eilers (Midfield) – Syracuse
MLL Collegiate Draft – 5th Round (34th overall)
Bobby Eilers was named as a team captain for the 2012 season after an impressive junior year. Eilers began the year as a defensive midfielder before switching to offensive midfield later in the season. Eilers posted a .400 shooting percentage, scoring eight goals in 15 games. Eilers was also named to the Big East All-Academic Team. In 2010, Eilers played in six games collecting a career-best four ground balls against Albany and Princeton. Eilers made his collegiate debut in 2009 against Providence and played in six games as a freshman.
Garber on Eilers: “Bobby is a big strong middie who has improved his overall game skills since he has been at Syracuse and I believe he could open some eyes this summer.”
Algie on Eilers: “Bobby has all of the physical tools and leadership ability to be a tremendous player in the MLL if he decides to play this summer.”
Chris Langton (Midfield) – Cornell
MLL Collegiate Draft – 6th Round (42nd overall)
Midfielder Chris Langton played in all of Cornell’s 17 games during his junior year, scoring eight goals and tallying seven assists. Langton also had seven ground balls and one caused turnover. Sophomore year was Langton’s first season as an offensive midfielder. Langton scored a career high four goals against Yale and ended up with 12 goals for the season. During Langton’s freshman year he played in 11 games scooping up four groundballs.
Garber on Langton: “Chris is a tremendous athlete with great speed and power, who could be a force to reckon with at the midfield.”
Algie on Langton: “Chris is a guy that can run for days. We expect him to step up big time in his senior season with Cornell.”
Marshall Burkhart (Midfielder) – Johns Hopkins
MLL Collegiate Draft – 7th Round (50th overall)
In 2011, Burkhart had career highs in games played, groundballs, assists and points. In his sophomore season Burkhart only played in eleven games due to a foot injury but scored two goals and had one assist. Before attending Johns Hopkins Burkhart was a standout lacrosse player at Dublin Jerome High School, finishing his career with 69 goals and 38 assists.
Garber on Burkhart: “Marshall is an outstanding team player who is quick on his feet and could be a key player in the MLL with experience in the League.”
Algie on Burkhart: “Marshall is extremely athletic and he could fit in well with the rest of our midfield group.”
Austin Bright (Attack) – Bellarmine
MLL Collegiate Draft – 8th Round (58th overall)
Austin Bright had an outstanding junior year for the Bellarmine University Knights. Bright finished the year tied for first on the team in scoring with 18 goals, and tied for third on the team in points with 23. In 2010 Bright played in all 15 games. Bright started out the season netting a hat trick against Detroit Mercy. During Bright’s time at Olentangy High School he was named the 2008 Co-Player of the Year and was named to the 1st Team All-Ohio Capital Conference.
Garber on Bright: “Austin is a quick learner on the field and is a team player who could possibly do well in the MLL over time.”
Algie on Bright: “Austin could possibly be capable of filling a lot of different roles for us offensively and his team-first mindset will only help him succeed.”
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