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Hounds Have Nine Draftees Competing In NCAA Tournament

By Hounds PR |  5/5/14 7:15 PM

Hounds Have Nine Draftees Competing In NCAA Tournament


NCAA men’s lacrosse recently wrapped up its regular season, and the Hounds have been keeping close track of how their 2014 MLL Collegiate Draftees are performing in their senior seasons. Nine of the 11 players the Hounds selected in January will continue playing this weekend in the 2014 Tournament. Once a team’s season is over, those seniors become eligible to play in MLL immediately. Towson and Villanova failed to qualify for the postseason, meaning Thomas DeNapoli and Kevin O’Neil can be activated by the Hounds at any time. In addition to the nine draftees, the Hounds also have three current players participating in the NCAA Tournament as assistant coaches, including Matt Danowski (Duke), Adam Ghitelman (Harvard) and Mason Poli (Richmond). Below is a recap of how the draftees and their teams have fared through the end of the regular season and conference tournaments.

Michael Ehrhardt (D) Maryland – drafted 1st round, 7th overall

The Terps got the No. 7 seed in the 2014 Tournament. Maryland finished the year 11-3 with a loss to Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament. Ehrhardt played in all 14 games, recording four points (2g, 2a), 51 groundballs and 27 caused turnovers. The defenseman had the most CTs of anyone on the Terps’ roster and his GB count was second to only the team’s faceoff specialist this year.

Pat Laconi (M) Loyola – drafted 2nd round, 9th overall

The Greyhounds earned the No. 3 seed in the 2014 Tournament after finishing the year 15-1. The team’s only loss came at the hands of Virginia in the opening game of the season. Loyola this past weekend was crowned Patriot League Champions after a 13-10 victory over Johns Hopkins. Laconi played in all 16 games so far this year, tallying nine goals and three assists, while scooping up 29 groundballs. The defensive midfielder also led the Greyhounds with 32 caused turnovers.

Mike Chanenchuk (M) Maryland – drafted 2nd round, 11th overall

The Terps got the No. 7 seed in the 2014 Tournament. Maryland finished the year 11-3 with a loss to Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament. Chanenchuk started all 14 games for the Terps this year, posting team highs in goals (28), assists (16) and points (44). In addition, the midfielder finished the year with a 51.6 shot-on-goal percentage.

Brendan Fowler (FO) Duke – drafted 2nd round, 14th overall

The Blue Devils earned the top overall seed in the 2014 Tournament following a 13-3 season that ended with a 16-15 loss to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament. Fowler played a major role in the team’s success, going 239-398 (60.1%) at the faceoff X and scooping up 151 groundballs. He appeared in all 16 games and tallied two goals.

Thomas DeNapoli (A/M) Towson – drafted 2nd round, 15th overall

The Tigers missed the tournament this year after going 8-7 during the regular season, and falling 11-10 to Drexel in overtime during the CAA Tournament. However, DeNapoli was a huge bright spot for the Tigers, tallying a team-high 36 points on 17 goals and 19 assists (also a team high). The midfielder started all 15 games for Towson and finished the year with a 54.4 SOG% and 26 groundballs.

Josh Dionne (A) Duke – drafted 3rd round, 18th overall

The Blue Devils earned the top overall seed in the 2014 Tournament following a 13-3 season that ended with a 16-15 loss to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament. Dionne contributed 43 goals (second on the team), seven assists and 27 groundballs. The attacker, who played in 15 games, also had a team-high 79.8 SOG%.

Justin Ward (A) Loyola – drafted 3rd round, 23rd overall

The Greyhounds earned the No. 3 seed in the 2014 Tournament after finishing the year 15-1. The team’s only loss came at the hands of Virginia in the opening game of the season. Loyola this past weekend was crowned Patriot League Champions after a 13-10 victory over Johns Hopkins. Ward started all 16 games for the Greyhounds, scoring 16 goals and adding a team-high 53 assists. The attackman also recorded 35 groundballs and a 63.9 SOG%.

Henry Lobb (D) Duke – drafted 4th round, 31st overall

The Blue Devils earned the top overall seed in the 2014 Tournament following a 13-3 season that ended with a 16-15 loss to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament. Lobb played in 11 games this season, collecting one assist, 23 groundballs and causing four turnovers.

Zack Losco (M) UPenn – drafted 6th round, 47th overall

The Quakers hold the No. 4 seed in the 2014 Tournament after putting together an 11-3 season that culminated with wins over Cornell and Harvard to claim the Ivy League title. Losco appeared in all 14 games for Penn, scoring a team-high 25 goals and adding 13 assists for a total of 38 points.

Chris Hipps (D) Duke – drafted 7th round, 55th overall

The Blue Devils earned the top overall seed in the 2014 Tournament following a 13-3 season that ended with a 16-15 loss to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament. Hipps started all 16 games for Duke. The defenseman recorded one goal, 27 groundballs and caused five turnovers.

Kevin O’Neil (M) Villanova – drafted 8th round, 63rd overall

The Wildcats finished the season 6-10, with a 14-7 loss to Denver in the Big East Tournament. O’Neil was a high point in a season of lows. The middie recorded a team-high 38 points on 27 goals (also a team high)and 11 assists. O’Neil, who started all 16 of the Wildcats’ games, finished the season with an impressive 65.9 SOG%.



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