The Ohio Machine participated in Major League Lacrosse’s 2018 Supplemental Draft on Thursday, and selected 15 players in the 12 rounds. Here is a quick primer on the newest members of the Ohio Machine. Analysis is provided by Machine Head Coach and General Manager Bear Davis.
Ryan Ambler, Attack, Princeton
Drafted 1st Round (9th overall)
Ambler had 11 points (seven goals and four assists) in seven games played last season for the Denver Outlaws. A graduate of Princeton, Ambler had at least 4 points in 8 of 14 games as a junior and became the 15th player in school history to gain 50 points and 50 assists in a career. Ambler’s father, Bob, is the all-time leading scorer at Drexel University and is a member of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Bear’s Take: “Ryan is a versatile player who has experience playing in a system with Tom Schreiber. He played very well against us last season.”
Garrett Thul, Midfield, Army West Point
Drafted 2nd Round (18th overall)
A graduate from Army West Point in 2013, Thul is a two-time all American. He was the 21st overall selection in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft and was picked first overall in the 2015 Supplemental Draft by the Charlotte Hounds. In his rookie season, Thul scored 10 Goals and 3 2-Point Goals in only six games played. Thul, nicknamed “The Thulk” by the lacrosse community, is currently a Platoon Leader in the Army.
Bear’s Take: “Garrett is a tough, dedicated veteran who can play at attack or midfield. He’ll bring different elements to the Sheens.”
Jordan Evans, Attack, Syracuse
Drafted 3rd Round (22nd overall)
Jordan Evans was rated the top midfielder and the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse. He was also named the 2013 Nike/U.S. Lacrosse National Player of the Year, and an Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse All-American.
Bear’s Take: “Jordan is a savvy player who didn’t get a shot last year. I feel he could be a wild card in training camp.”
Alex Spring, Midfield, Bucknell
Drafted 3rd Round (27th overall)
Alex Spring graduated from Bucknell with 258 career ground balls to rank second in program history and 10th in Patriot League history. His 73 ground balls during his senior season were eighth-most in a season in Bucknell history. He was selected in the eighth round of the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Florida Launch.
Bear’s Take: “Alex played in high school with Kyle Bernlohr at Western Reserve Academy and then in college with Jackson Place. He can play LSM or SSDM. He should give us a unique look in camp.”
Michael Quinn, Defense, Yale
Drafted 4th Round (34th overall)
Michael Quinn returns to the Machine fully healthy after a knee injury prevented participation in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Quinn was selected eighth overall in the first round of the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft.
Bear’s Take: “I’m excited to see our first pick from 2016 finally healthy and ready to go. Mike has been working hard to make his first MLL appearance.”
Mark Matthews, Attack, Denver
Drafted 4th Round (36th overall)
Considered one of the top indoor lacrosse players today, Matthews joins the Machine after a successful 2017 season with the Atlanta Blaze, in which he scored 13 goals and seven assists in just six games. Prior to that, Matthews scored a career-high 23 goals in 7 games played in 2016, and currently has 83 goals and 33 assists in 38 career MLL games. The 6-foot-5 and 230-pound attacker graduated from Denver as the program’s second-leading active goal scorer and fourth active leader in career points amongst all NCAA players. Matthews totaled 30 hat tricks and 21 power-play goals, and ended his college career on a 45-game point scoring streak, which helped him earn his second straight ECAC First Team honors, All-American status, and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Bear’s Take: “Mark is in the top 10 percent of talent in this league, if not better. In his last five games against us, he scored 18 goals and had seven assists. If you can’t beat them, draft them.”
Casey Dowd, Faceoff, Siena
Drafted 5th Round (45th overall)
Dowd represented the only faceoff position player picked in the 2018 MLL Supplemental Draft. A graduate of Siena, Dowd was named the 2014 MAAC Face-off specialist of the year after breaking his own program record and MAAC record with 151 groundballs which was the 15th highest total in NCAA single-season history. Dowd’s father Charles was a part-owner of the Bridgeport Barrage in the MLL from 2001-2005.
Bear’s Take: “Casey has solid league experience, and he brings different elements to the Machine than what we currently have.”
Evan Connell, Defense, North Carolina
Drafted 5th Round (49th overall)
Evan Connell collected 100 groundballs in 58 games played for UNC. Connell was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 Collegiate Draft by the Charlotte Hounds. After being released from the Hounds, Connell was picked up by the Boston Cannons. The Cannons sent Connell to Florida in a blockbuster trading in which the Launch shipped Matt Landis (D) and Rob Haus (D) for Connell and the fourth overall pick in the 2017 Collegiate Draft.
Bear’s Take: “Evan is a tough, physical cover guy with experience. He can play pole or base defense.”
Mac Pons, Defense, Maryland
Drafted 6th Round (54th overall)
Mac Pons helped lead Maryland to one national title, three title game appearances and four semifinal appearances. Pons was a 2013 Under Armour High School All-American, and a two-time member of the Baltimore Under Armour Underclassmen team. Inside Lacrosse ranked Pons as the No. 2 freshman defender in the nation in 2014, and the 16th overall recruit in 2013.
Bear’s Take: “Mac is untested but has good college experience. He has strong off ball play and communication.”
Evan Molloy, Goalie, Syracuse
Drafted 7th Round (63rd overall)
A graduate of Syracuse, Molloy was named ACC Tournament MVP and to the ACC All-Tournament during his junior year in 2016, and totaled career highs of 937:00 minutes played and 154 saves during his senior year. Molloy was ranked No. 18 among goalies in the Class of 2012 by Inside Lacrosse. Evan Molloy is the son of Jamie Molloy, who holds the Syracuse record for career saves (766).
Bear’s Take: “Evan has big game college experience and adds depth to an already deep pole of keepers for us.”
Henry West, Midfield, Maryland
Drafted 8th Round (72nd overall)
A graduate of Maryland, Henry West entered school after being named a 2012 Under Armour High School All-American. West posted a career-high six points on two goals and four assists in the 2016 NCAA Championship vs. UNC. West was selected with the 12th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 MLL Draft by the Florida Launch.
Bear’s Take: “Henry has big game college experience. His unselfish style of play could bode well with our group.”
Mike Rooney, Attack, Stony Brook
Drafted 9th Round (81st overall)
Rooney appeared for the Machine in 2017, tallying a hat trick against the Atlanta Blaze. Rooney graduated From Stony Brook in 2015 as the program's all-time leader in assists (121) and points (253), and also owns the school's single-season records in those categories (63 assists, 111 points). He is one of two players in Stony Brook history to reach triple-figures in career goals and assists. Rooney was named an All-American and first-team All-America East Conference as a senior and previously had been named the conference's Rookie of the Year.
Bear’s Take: “Mike was a huge contributor in the Charlotte game last year with his hat trick. I’m excited about what he will bring to training camp.”
Greg Melaugh, Attack, Merrimack
Drafted 10th Round (90th overall)
Greg Melaugh played in the 2017 season for the Florida Launch. The 5’7” attacker scored a hat trick against the Rochester Rattlers on 4/29, and finished the season with five goals scored and 11 groundballs. Melaugh was a four-year starter at Merrimack University. He was a two-time All-American, and two-time First Team All-Conference selection. He played in 58 games for the Warriors, recording 121 goals and 45 assists for 166 points, and adding 120 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers.
Bear’s Take: “Greg has been a journeyman in the league and has hurt us on every team he has been on, so it was a no brainer to grab this savvy veteran.”
JT Blubaugh, Midfield, Ohio State
Drafted 11th Round (99th overall)
JT Blubaugh returns to the Machine after spending the 2017 season on the practice squad. After being named a high school All-American in 2011 and 2013, Blubaugh played for Ohio State. Blubaugh finished his senior year with a career-high 15 goals, seven assists and 22 points while playing in all 15 games, and starting 11.
Bear’s Take: “JT is a local guy who has some experience with us last season. I’m excited to see his development.”
Pat Farrell, Defense, High Point
Drafted 12th Round (108th overall)
Pat Farrell joins the Machine after playing a handful of games over the last three seasons for the Florida Launch. Farrell started all 48 games during his college career. He holds the career, single-season and single-game High Point program record in caused turnovers (57, 27, 8).
Bear’s Take: ”Pat has sporadically played in the league since he graduated from High Point. We feel that he will being us that experience to compete.”
The 15 draft picks will compete for a roster spot at Ohio Machine training camp this Spring.