Major League Lacrosse today announced the 23-Man Protected Rosters for 2014, provided by the coaches and general managers of each team. All players left unprotected will be entered in the player pool for the 2014 season. MLL teams will have the opportunity to expand to a 40-man training camp roster during the 2014 Supplemental Draft, which will be held on Wednesday, December 4. The Hounds prior to finalizing their offseason roster completed two trades. The first deal sent the Hounds’ fifth-round pick (39th overall) in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft to the Ohio Machine in exchange for attack Joe Cummings. The team then traded midfielder Peet Poillon to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in exchange for the ninth overall pick in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft. The draft is scheduled for Friday, January 10 at the Philadelphia Marriott during the annual U.S. Lacrosse convention
The Hounds in 2013 -- only their second season in the league -- fell just short of an MLL title
with a 10-9 loss to the Bayhawks in the championship game. The Hounds posted a 7-7 regular-season record to secure the fourth and final playoff spot, then
beat the previously undefeated Denver Outlaws by a score of 17-14 to advance to the title game. Below is a close-up look at the statistical contributions each of the Hounds’ 23 protected players made during the 2013 season.
Owen Blye (A, #13) – Blye was drafted by the Hounds in the third round (24th overall) of the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft. He was not activated by the team until late in the season and did not dress for a game last year. However, in his final season at Maryland, the attack posted 22 goals (2nd on the team) and added eight assists for 30 points (3rd on the team). Blye also recorded a 62.5 shot-on-goal percentage.
Brian Carroll (M, #36) - 2013 was Carroll's second season with the Hounds, and he appreared in nine regular-season games along with the MLL Championship game. The midfielder contributed six goals and two assists while recording a 46.1 shot-on-goal percentage.
Casey Carroll (D) – Carroll returned to Duke in 2013 for a final unused year of eligibility after spending 2007-12 in the 3rd BN 75th Ranger Regiment of the U.S. Army. The defenseman originally was drafted by the Hamilton Nationals in the third round (18th overall) of the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft. The Hounds acquired his rights through a trade just a few days later. He practiced with Duke through the fall before suffering a torn knee ligament in January, the second such injury of his career. Carroll and the school now are petitioning the NCAA for a sixth-year waiver allowing him to play a final season in 2014. Regardless of the outcome, the Hounds will retain his MLL rights.
Joe Cinosky (D, #84) – The six-year MLL veteran provided the Hounds with leadership and a physical presence on the defensive end of the field. In two seasons with the Hounds, Cinosky recorded 41 groundballs and racked up 17.5 penalty minutes (including the postseason). The defenseman during the 2013 season also scored his first goal since his rookie season in 2008.
Casey Cittadino (M, #5) – The 2013 season was Cittadino’s first with the Hounds, after being acquired through a trade with the Outlaws in September of 2012. The defensive midfielder had spent his entire MLL career, which began in 2006, with the Outlaws organization. Cittadino for the Hounds played in 11 regular-season games, tallying a goal, two assists and 14 groundballs. He was a key piece to the Hounds’ improved transition game. Cittadino is expected to represent Team Israel at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships.
Joe Cummings (A) – The Hounds acquired the third-year attackman through a trade with the Machine just this week. In 13 regular-season games with the Machine in 2013, Cummings posted 20 goals and added five assists.
Matt Danowski (A, #40) – Danowski, a six-year MLL veteran, has become the cornerstone to the Hounds’ offense. The attackman had a career-year in 2013, posting personal bests in goals (33) and points (49). Danowski led the Hounds in both those offensive categories and also finished fourth overall in the league for both, despite playing in two less game than the top three scorers. Of Danowski’s 33 goals in 2013, six were 2-point tallies, which ranked second in the league. Another notable improvement for Danowksi last season was increasing his shot-on-goal percentage from a career-low 16.5% in 2012 to a career-high 26.6% in 2013. U.S. Lacrosse named Danowski to its training roster for the 2014 FIL World Championships.
Kevin Drew (M, #19) – Drew was traded to the Hounds from the Rochester Rattlers in September of 2012 and significantly boosted the team’s transition play and offensive possessions with his play on the faceoff wing. In 16 games with the Hounds (including the postseason), the defensive midfielder contributed five points (2g, 3a) and collected 25 groundballs. U.S. Lacrosse named Drew to its training roster for the 2014 FIL World Championships.
Tim Fallon (FO, #77) – In order to address one of the team’s glaring weakness in its inaugural season, the Hounds selected Fallon in the 2013 MLL Supplemental Draft. Appearing in all 14 regular-season games, Fallon went 164-362 (45.3%) at the faceoff X. During the postseason, while splitting time with teammate
Geoff Snider, Fallon made the most of his opportunities and was a dominant 5-7 at the X. He also scored five goals over the season and added two assists.
Ryan Flanagan (D, #24) – Flanagan in 2013 was named to his second-straight MLL All-Star Game. The defenseman in 12 regular-season games scooped up 34 groundballs and added another nine during the postseason. Flanagan during the Hounds’ Week 10 game against the Boston Cannons recorded his first MLL goal, and added another in the final week of the season against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The sophomore player also deserves credit for holding Cannons star
Paul Rabil without a point for the first time in his career during the teams’ Week 7 meeting.
Adam Ghitelman (G, #8) – After missing the Hounds’ 2013 season opener due to a coaching commitment, Ghitelman stepped in as the team’s full-time starting goaltender in Week 2 and earned a 7-6 record during the regular season. He finished the year with a12.1 goals against average -- a new personal best -- and 49.7 save percentage. However, the goaltender was at his best in the postseason, improving to a 12.0 GAA and 52.0 SV%. Ghitelman isn’t afraid to run with the ball, and even recorded a goal and two assists during the 2013 season.
John Haus (M, #26) - Haus originally was selected by the Nationals in the second round (15th overall) of the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft. The Hounds acquired his rights through a trade a few days later. After completing an impressive senior campaign at Maryland -- 18 goals, 10 assists and a 53.3 shot percentage -- Haus kept his momentum rolling with the Hounds. The midfielder tallied five points (3g, 2a) in eight regular-season games and added another assist in the postseason.
Josh Hawkins (M, #3) – Hawkins was drafted fifth overall by the Nationals in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft, and appeared in three games for the team, scoring two goals. The Hounds traded for Hawkins at the July deadline to bolster the transition game for a postseason run. The midfielder recorded three goals in five games for the Hounds and added an assist during the postseason. In addition, Hawkins collected a total of 25 groundballs -- eight with the Nationals and 17 with the Hounds.
Eric Lusby (A, #12) – 2013 was Lusby’s second season with the Hounds. The sophomore attackman tallied 16 goals, including his first 2-pointer, and added four assists in 14 regular-season games. He was reunited midseason with his former Loyola teammate Mike Sawyer and they produced an instant chemistry on the field. Lusby scored a career-high five goals against the Ohio Machine in Week 6.
Michael McCormack (D, #42) - McCormack was the Hounds’ seventh-round selection (51st overall) in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft. He joined the team midseason and in seven regular-season games collected 12 groundballs and one goal. The rookie defenseman added another five groundballs in two postseason games. Prior to joining the Hounds, McCormack racked up 201 groundballs and caused 107 turnovers at Yale, while also notching eight goals and 10 assists.
Mason Poli (D, #55) – Poli was selected by the Hounds in the fourth round (27th overall) of the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft. The long-stick midfielder during his senior season at Bryant amassed 22 points (14g, 8a), 35 groundballs and 13 caused turnovers, and he didn’t miss a beat when he joined the Hounds midseason. Poli in 10 MLL games scored six goals and added five assists. His 11 points were tied with Nationals legend
Brodie Merrill for most in the league among defenders. Poli provided the speed, skill and toughness the Hounds were looking for in transition.
Mike Sawyer (A/M, #4) - The Hounds selected Sawyer with their first pick (8th overall) of the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft and he more than lived up to expectations. Sawyer made his MLL debut on May 17 against the Nationals, tallying his first professional goal and adding two assists. He appeared in a total of 11 regular-season games, compiling 14 goals and six assists. Not only did Sawyer earn a spot on the MLL All-Star roster, he set a new record during the game for fastest lacrosse shot at 114mph. But it was during the Hounds’ postseason run that Sawyer truly broke out, scoring six goals in two games, including his first career 2-pointer.
Chris Schiller (M, #2) – Schiller joined the Hounds at the start of the 2013 season after a four year hiatus from the MLL. The defenseman had previously played eight seasons with the Rattlers from 2001-08. Schiller appeared in seven regular-season games in 2013, scooping up six groundballs and serving three penalty minutes. U.S. Lacrosse named the veteran player to its training roster for the 2014 FIL World Championships.
Brett Schmidt (D, #44) – After his first season with the Hounds in 2012 was marred by injury, Schmidt bounced back in full force for 2013, putting together a season worthy of his first MLL All-Star nod. The defenseman in 14 regular-season games recorded 40 groundballs, two goals (including a 2-pointer) and one assist. Schmidt collected another five groundballs in the postseason. He was named to the U.S. Lacrosse training roster for the 2014 FIL World Championships.
Geoff Snider (FO, #17) – The veteran faceoff specialist joined the Hounds for the final two regular season games of 2013 and was a difference maker in the team’s journey to the MLL Championship game. In those two games, Snider went 26-45 (57.8%) at the X. The magic continued in the postseason as he recorded a dominant 71.7 faceoff win percentage (35-53) over the two games. Snider was key in the Hounds’ semifinal victory over the Outlaws, going 17-25 (68%) at the X. He is excped to represent Team Canada at the 2014 FIL World Championships.
Jake Tripucka (M, #0) - Tripucka originally was selected 42nd overall by the Nationals in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft, but the Hounds traded for his rights just a few days later. While the midfielder got off to something of a slow start in his first few weeks of MLL action, Tripucka found his groove -- not coincidently -- as the Hounds surged into the playoffs. Tripucka appeared in eight regular-season games, and of the 10 goals he scored over that time, six came in the final two weeks of the season. The momentum kept rolling for the rookie as he tallied four points (2g, 2a) in two postseason games.
Matt White (M, #1) – White was the Hounds’ fifth selection (28th overall) in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft, and he made a smooth transition into the team’s offense. The midfielder appeared in nine regular-season games and two poststeason games, notching at least a point in all but one contest. He finished the year with 10 goals and five assists, including three goals during the playoffs.
Ryan Young (A, #27) – The Hounds traded for Young in February, and his first season with the team was a breakout one. The attackman more than doubled his goal and point outputs with the Hounds from his 2012 season with the N.Y. Lizards. Young’s 30 goals and 40 points in the regular-season -- both of which ranked second among Hounds and 12th overall in the league -- earned him his first MLL All-Star nod. He also set a team record in Week 3, scoring seven goals (and notching 8 points) in a game against the Rattlers. Young didn’t let up in the postseason, tallying six goals and dishing out four assists in two games. U.S. Lacrosse named the attackman to its training roster for the 2014 FIL World Championships.