1/11/13 11:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) added four rookies and one veteran in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft on Friday, January 11th. Head coach Dave Cottle and owner Brendan Kelly focused on the defense with Jesse Bernhardt as their first selection. The Collegiate Draft was held at the Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and boasted appearances by many MLL stand-outs, including Bayhawks’ veteran defenseman Brian Spallina.
Long-stick midfielder Bernhardtwas the 4th pick overall by the Bayhawks in the first round. The University of Maryland senior from Longwood, FL was a 2012 All-ACC selection, NCAA All-Tournament Team selection, and was awarded with 2nd Team All-American honors. Over his career with the Terrapins, Bernhardt tallied 14 points and grabbed 138 ground balls. The UMD team captain is sure to being some new energy to the existing strong defensive line of the Bayhawks.
“Jesse is a great athlete and we were excited to get him in the first round,” Cottle stated. “He has high energy, great motivation, tremendous character and he will be a great leader within the team.”
With their second selection, 16th overall, Chesapeake selected University of Maryland midfielder Kevin Cooper. Reigning from Crofton, MD, the senior standout has boasted 17 goals, 22 assists, and 28 ground balls during his 42 games with the Terrapins. Cooper was also nominated to the 2011 ACC All-Tournament Team.
Before the draft even began, Cottle traded their 8th round pick to Rochester for attackman Jay Card (Hofstra). Card was the 18th overall pick in the 2012 Collegiate Draft for the Lizards and was then traded to the Rattlers during the Expansion Draft.
Other important updates came out of the Collegiate Draft with the MLL announcing that Championship Weekend will take place at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on August 24th and 25th.
"Championship Weekend is one of our marquee events, capping our season with the four best teams in the League," said MLL Commissioner David Gross. "The Philadelphia area is rich with lacrosse tradition and PPL Park is the perfect venue to showcase the best teams in MLL."
The weekend will begin with the semifinals on Saturday, August 24th, followed by the final on Sunday, August 25th. The event will also feature the MLL Fan Zone an interactive area with fun and games for lacrosse fans of all ages. PPL Park is the home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union and has hosted several NCAA Lacrosse games. In 2013 it will also host the inaugural Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic, a triple header Lacrosse event with six NCAA teams for a full day of lacrosse.
For the Bayhawks Full Roster, see their website at www.thebayhawks.com.
Bayhawks 2013 season tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling the box office 866-99-HAWKS (42957). Reserve your seat today and see the Chesapeake Bayhawks battle to defend their MLL title at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this summer.