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Recapping the 2020 MLL Draft and how each team improved

With the 2020 MLL Draft now in the books, it’s time to take a look at who each team picked and how they improved their roster. With an offseason full of player movement, every team had a number of holes to fill. Below is the full list of drafted players and how each team addressed their needs.

Overall PickPlayerCollegePositionMLL Team
1TD IerlanYaleFONYL
2Michael KrausVirginiaMCON
3Colin BurkeUtahANYL
4Nick MellenSyracuseDBOS
5Tom RigneyArmyDDEN
6Will WeitzelYaleMCHE
7Charlie TrenseNotre DameDNYL
8Aidan HynesYaleDCON
9Mark EvanchickPennDPHI
10Jon MazzaTowsonMPHI
11Nick WashutaVermontGDEN
12Will YorkeBucknellACHE
13Tommy WrightPenn StateLSMNYL
14Reece EddyBostonLSMPHI
15Connor FletcherCornellMPHI
16Matt GaudetYaleAPHI
17Michael BrownBrownSSDMCON
18Chase LevesqueBostonLSMCHE
19Brendan HoffmanWilliamsMPHI
20Ben MartinDartmouthACON
21James WittmeyerMercyhurstSSDMPHI
22Sean NewHoly CrossDNYL
23Sean LeaheyProvidenceADEN
24Sam LucchesiHobartGCHE
25Jeff TeatCornellABOS
26Pat AslanianNotre DameLSMCHE
27Griffin PeeneAir ForceDDEN
28Michael SowersPrincetonABOS
29Eric HoldenHobartADEN
30Rock StewartWilliamsLSMNYL
31Connor WaldronHoly CrossMNYL
32Brandon SalvatoreCornellLSMCON
33Colin MinicusAmherstAPHI
34Peyton SmithMaristFOBOS
35Jeff TrainorUMassMDEN
36Luke AndersonMarquetteFOCHE
37Terrence HaggertyCortland StateANYL
38Will RenzYaleMCON
39Justin SchwenkVirginiaFOPHI
40Connor KirstVillanovaMDEN
41Nate SiekierskiAlbanyGDEN
42Grant MaloofTowsonMCHE
43Andrew PettitLehighANYL
44Charlie BertrandMerrimackACON
45Adam GoldnerPennMPHI
46Jason BrewsterUMBCDBOS
47Miles SilvaArmyADEN
48Kevin KodzisHoly CrossACHE


Before we took a look at individual teams, we want to take a moment to discuss the honorary draft picks chosen by MLL teams during the draft. Each team selected one front line worker helping battle the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can read more about each honorary draft pick on the teams’ website and social media.

Now, for the individual teams and how the improved their rosters.

New York Lizards

Picks: TD Ierlan, Colin Burke, Charlie Trense, Tommy Wright, Sean New, Rock Stewart, Connor Waldron, Terrence Haggerty, Andrew Pettit

The Lizards use their two top-three picks to shore up two spots that had holes open up due to departures to the PLL. They also have a pole heavy draft in the middle, trying to shore up their defense. Overall, the Lizards did a nice job filling the holes left by their departures this offseason, and will now wait and see if #1 pick TD Ierlan joins them this summer.

Connecticut Hammerheads

Picks: Michael Kraus, Aidan Hynes, Michael Brown, Ben Martin, Brandon Salvatore, Will Renz, Charlie Bertrand

The Hammerheads much like the Lizards went big name first, taking Michael Kraus out of Virginia. They also selected a potentially elite defender in Aidan Hynes out of Yale. Overall, the Hammerheads added a lot of defensive depth and hope that Kraus will join them this summer and become an immediate impact player.



Philadelphia Barrage

Picks: Mark Evanchick, Jon Mazza, Reece Eddy, Connor Fletcher, Matt Gaudet, Brendan Hoffman, James Wittmeyer, Colin Minicus, Justin Schwenk, Adam Goldner

The Barrage had arguably the best night of any team in the league despite not making their first pick until the second round. The Barrage established a firm team identity selecting a number of two-way players and ended up bringing in the largest draft class in the league. The Barrage addressed a number of areas in which they struggled last season.

Boston Cannons

Picks: Nick Mellen, Jeff Teat, Michael Sowers, Peyton Smith, Jason Brewster

The Cannons went big. Nick Mellen was a relatively sage pick early on, but coach Sean Quirk decided to take a stab at two of the biggest names in the draft with the 25th and 28th picks. Should they pull off perhaps the biggest coup in professional lacrosse history and bring in both Teat and Sowers next year, Cannons fans will be very thankful for a long time. Outside of those two, the Cannons did a nice job filling their few holes on what is a solid roster.



Denver Outlaws

Picks: Tom Rigney, Nick Washuta, Sean Leahey, Griffin Peene, Eric Holden, Jeff Trainor, Connor Kirst, Nate Siekierski, Miles Silva

The Denver Outlaws drafted many of these players in their mold. Big bodies that will play Outlaws-style lacrosse. They also took two stabs at addressing the hole in net left by Dylan Ward departing for the PLL. They now will have an interesting goalie competition to keep an eye on in training camp, and hope that one of their two selections will make a name for himself this season.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

Picks: Will Weitzel, Will Yorke, Chase Levesque, Sam Lucchesi, Pat Aslanian, Luke Anderson, Grant Maloof, Kevin Kodzis

The defending champs played it safe. They drafted a number of players that will provide depth for one of the toughest lineups to crack in the league. They also took a change of pace face off man and took some stabs at shoring up the middle of the field. The Bayhawks were the defending champs, and they only got stronger through the draft.


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