With the 2014 Supplemental Draft now over, how did the Denver Outlaws fair in their picks?
Ken Clausen, a long pole defensemen, a US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American and three-time All-American who played for Virginia, was the 6th round overall pick. He began his MLL career with the Outlaws and was also a member of the Colorado Mammoth. Although he’s been plagued by knee injuries the past three seasons, he’s a strong defender, and if he can stay healthy will only add to the Outlaws already strong defense.
The 14th round pick was Matt Callahan, defensemen and former DIII Tufts defender of the year. Denver chose Greg Rogowski, attackmen (Merrimack) 22nd round; Landon Carr, midfielder (Maryland) 30th round; Sean Rogers, attackmen (Notre Dame) 38th round; Chase Bailey, attackmen (Bucknell) 46th round; Andrew Wascavage, goalie (Towson) 54th round; MJ Kiekebelt, defensemen (RIT) 62nd round; Roger Ferguson, defensemen (Brown) 70th round; Ethan Vedder, defensemen (Cornell) 78th round; Steve Schoeffel, midfielder (Duke) 86th round; and Ben Brown, goalie (Whittier College) 94th round.
Can these draft picks secure a spot on the team with the amazing veteran players already locked in on the Outlaws 2014 roster? Players like Chris Bocklet, Drew Snider, Terry Kimener, Jeremy Sieverts, Lee Zink or Jesse Schartzman, many of whom broke MLL & team records during their amazing 2013 season. Not to forget, there’s John Grant, Jr. who the Outlaws acquired in a trade with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, as well as Matt Gibson, MLL’s Cascade Rookie of the Year in 2012 who was recently acquired in a trade with the New York Lizards for Outlaws midfielder Justin Turri.
Overall, Denver added three attackmen, two midfielders, five defensemen and two goalies in the 2014 Supplement Draft.
The Collegiate Draft on Friday January 10, 2014 will bring even more up-and-coming young talent to the table for the Outlaws with three draft picks in the first two rounds. It will be interesting to see what other additions the Outlaws will make to their already amazing All-Star Roster for 2014, as well as who will and who won’t make the cut to bring the roster down to the 40 man requirements by the weekend of their first game against the Florida Launch on April 26, 2014.