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MLL draft: Villanova’s Cunningham, Drexel’s Manos (Salesianum), Penn State’s Mackrides (Malvern Prep) among top picks

Saturday, 14th January 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro, Posted 1/13/13
From Press Releases

Villanova senior attackman Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.Y./Kellenberg) has been selected as the 19th overall pick in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, as announced on Friday evening in Philadelphia. Cunningham will report to the Boston Cannons upon the conclusion of his senior season and is the second Villanova Lacrosse player to be selected into the professional ranks in the past year.

Cunningham will join Johns Hopkins Chris Boland, North Carolina’s Mark Staines, Penn’s Will Koshansky, Virginia’s Chris Clements, Cornell’s JJ Gilbane, Yale’s Greg Mahony and Hartford’s Martin Bowes for Boston’s 2012 MLL season, all of whom are current seniors with their respective institutions.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m very excited,” says Cunningham. “It’s an honor to join the Boston Cannons, the defending champions, and I hope to contribute as best I can.”

One of the most successful franchises in Major League Lacrosse, the Boston Cannons were the 2011 MLL Champions after defeating the Hamilton Nationals, 10-9, in the championship game.

Cunningham has enjoyed a successful playing career during his tenure with the Wildcats, serving as a 2012 captain and twice being named an All-BIG EAST honoree. In 2011 he was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team and just one of two underclassmen selected to the squad despite missing three games with a hamstring injury. His 24 goals, 21 assists and 45 points led VU in 2011 while his 59 career assists currently place him 7th all-time amongst the Villanova elite. The speedy attackman averaged 3.46 points per game in 2011, ranking him 15th in the NCAA upon conclusion of the season.

In addition to Cunningham, six athletes from the BIG EAST were chosen in the 2012 selection show, including Syracuse’s Kevin Drew, Tom Palasek and Bobby Eilers, Notre Dame’s Kevin Randall and Georgetown’s Gerry Reilly.

Friday night’s draft featured eight rounds and 64 total selections by the league’s eight teams. It was held at the Philadelphia Marriott during the 2012 U.S. Lacrosse Convention and broadcast live on

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its twelfth season in 2012. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.

MLL Draft

Pick Team Player School
1 Long Island (from Charlotte) Rob Pannell Cornell
2 Ohio Steele Stanwick Virginia
3 Rochester Mike Manley Duke
4 Denver (from Long Island) Mark Matthews Denver
5 Chesapeake C.J. Costabile Duke
6 Denver Colin Briggs Virginia
7 Hamilton Chad Wiedmaier Princeton
8 Ohio (from Boston) Robert Rotanz Duke

9 Charlotte Justin Turri Duke
10 Chesapeake (from Rochester from Ohio) Tyler Fiorito Princeton
11 Rochester Roy Lang Cornell
12 Hamilton (from Long Island) Jake Bernhardt Maryland
13 Rochester (from Chesapeake) Kevin Drew Syracuse
14 Denver Kevin Vaughan Harvard
15 Boston (from Ohio from Rochester from Hamilton) Chris Boland Johns Hopkins
16 Ohio (from Boston) Anthony Biscardi Massachusetts

17 Rochester (from Charlotte) Joe Cummings Maryland
18 Long Island (from Rochester from Ohio) Sam Bradman Salisbury
19 Boston (from Rochester) Kevin Cunningham Villanova
20 Charlotte (from Long Island) Mark Manos (Salesianum School) Drexel
21 Ohio (from Chesapeake) Billy Eisenreich Bucknell
22 Chesapeake (from Rochester from Denver) Jimmy Dunster North Carolina
23 Hamilton Jack McBride North Carolina
24 Ohio (from Boston) Alex Demopoulos Denver

25 Rochester (from Charlotte) Bobby Dattilo Hobart
26 Chesapeake (from Ohio) Matt Mackrides (Malvern Prep) Penn State
27 Chesapeake (from Rochester) Grant Kaleikau Delaware

28 Long Island Tommy Palasek Syracuse
29 Charlotte (from Rochester from Chesapeake) Chris Bocklet Virginia
30 Denver Tom Celentani Massachusetts
31 Hamilton Matt Lovejoy Virginia
32 Boston Mark Staines North Carolina

33 Denver (from Charlotte) Steve Serling Hofstra
34 Ohio Bobby Eilers Syracuse
35 Rochester Tim Henderson Army
36 Long Island Kyle Moeller Stony Brook
37 Boston (from Chesapeake) Will Koshansky Penn
38 Chesapeake (from Rochester from Denver) Matt Gibson Yale
39 Hamilton Joe Resetarits Albany
40 Boston Chris Clements Virginia

41 Charlotte Dan DiMaria Harvard
42 Ohio Chris Langton Cornell
43 Rochester Carter Bender Hartford
44 Denver (from Long Island) Steven Robarge VMI
45 Chesapeake Drew Snider Maryland
46 Denver John Cunningham Princeton
47 Hamilton Brock Sorenson Ohio State
48 Boston J.J. Gilbane Cornell

49 Charlotte Kevin Randall Notre Dame
50 Ohio Marshall Burkhart Johns Hopkins
51 Rochester Charlie McComas North Carolina
52 Long Island Charlie Streep Bucknell
53 Chesapeake Brent Adams Fairfield
54 Denver Charlie Cipriano Fairfield
55 Hamilton Kiel Matisz Robert Morris
56 Boston Greg Mahony Yale

57 Charlotte Joe Vitale Adelphi
58 Ohio Austin Bright Bellarmine
59 Rochester Tommy Wood North Carolina
60 Long Island Robert Campbell Stony Brook
61 Chesapeake John Austin Delaware
62 Denver Shane Jackson Limestone
63 Hamilton Gerry Reilly Georgetown
64 Boston Martin Bowes Hartford

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