Let’s get everyone caught up with some of the Syracuse Orange related pro-updates.
On September 26, 2016 the National Lacrosse League (box) held its annual draft. The Georgia Swarm selected former SU goalie Warren Hill with the 20th overall selection. Hill helped the Onondaga Community College Lazers to back-to-back NJCAA Championships with a 35-0 record in 2013 and 2014. He transferred to Syracuse for the 2015 season and made appearances in six games backing up Bobby Wardwell. Hill started the first eight games for ‘Cuse in 2016. Before being benched in place of Evan Molloy, Hill had a 9.70 goals against average and a .437 save percentage. The former Syracuse goalie will take the carpet with the Swarm alongside former SU players, Randy Staats, Joel White and Sean Young.
On September 27, 2016, the NLL announced its 2016 award winners. Randy Staats took home Rookie of the Year honors. Staats was also named to the All-Rookie Team.
Jeremy Thompson was named to the All-Pro Second Team and was the runner-up for the Transition Player of the Year Award. Thompson was a faceoff specialist while at SU and now plays for the Saskatchewan Rush. After two seasons at Onondaga Community College he came to SU where he had 33 goals and a .541 faceoff winning percentage in his Syracuse career.
Now over to the MLL, which announced each team’s 23-man protected roster for the 2017 season. Any player that is not protected is eligible to be selected in the MLL Supplemental Draft which will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 PM. The MLL rosters will expand from 23 to 35 following the Supplemental Draft. Below is a quick summary of former SU players who have been protected and released.
MLL Active Rosters
Randy Staats – A – Atlanta Blaze
Kevin Rice – A – Atlanta Blaze (2016 All-MLL)
Brandon Mullins – D – Boston Cannons
Dylan Donahue – A – Charlotte Hounds
Matt Abbott – M – Chesapeake Bayhawks
Tim Barber – M – Denver Outlaws
Steven Brooks – M – Florida Launch
Jovan Miller – M – Florida Launch
Jeremy Thompson – M – Florida Launch
JoJo Morasco – M – New York Lizards
Tommy Palasek – A – New York Lizards
Derek DeJoe – M – Rochester Rattlers
Nicky Galasso – M – Atlanta Blaze
Warren Hill – G – Atlanta Blaze
Stephen Keogh – A – Atlanta Blaze
Henry Schoonmaker – M – Atlanta Blaze
Sean Young – D – Charlotte Hounds
Casey Powell – A – Florida Launch
Cody Jamieson – A – New York Lizards
Brian Megill – D – New York Lizards
Matt Harris – D – Ohio Machine
This season, the MLL announced a new policy allowing players who have been in the league for at least five consecutive seasons and have an expiring contract can chose to move to a different market. Before the next draft, Supplemental or Expansion, each player that declared themselves eligible will have the opportunity to sign a new contract. If the player does not sign, his original team has the option of placing the player on its 23-man protected roster, otherwise the player will be released into the player pool.
The below Syracuse alumni declared themselves eligible for the new player movement policy.
Declared Eligible for Player Movement
John Galloway – G – Rochester Rattlers (2016 All-MLL) (2016 Goalie of the Year)
Joel White – D – Rochester Rattlers (2016 All-MLL) (2016 Co-Defensive POY)
John Lade – D – Rochester Rattlers