MLL Top 40 Prospects: 20-11

11. Kevin Rice, Syracuse Orange

Attack- Rice’s numbers speak for themselves. 80 points? 80?!? Rice translates to be a very good player in the pro ranks and is one of the top prospects from his own school, Syracuse, that is producing the most draftees this season. He does basically everything you want in an attackman and should be an impact player right away.

12. Charlie Raffa, Maryland Terrapins

Faceoff- Isn’t Raffa the perfect fit for the Bayhawks? Him and Kevin Massa, ranked below him, had identical 68% faceoff percentages. Raffa gets the slight edge, knocking out Massa’s Bull Dogs in the playoffs and playing for a power like Maryland.

13. Nikko Pontrello, Loyola Greyhounds

Attack- 51 goals in 2014. Pontrello has a great shot and if teams really like him he could go way earlier than expected. Don’t be surprised to see either Charlotte or Chesapeake take a run at him.

14. Nicky Galasso, Syracuse Orange

Midfield- The former Tar Heel transferred to Syracuse where he scored 17 points all season. His 56 as a freshman put him on the map and he hasn’t lived up to the hype, but he’s still a very solid prospect.

15. Ryan Tucker, Virginia Cavaliers

Midfield  The son of Boston Cannons head coach John Tucker, a couple of connections can be made here very easily. But, don’t be fooled. This Cav is as good as nearly any scoring midfielder in this draft. He had 24 goals last season and the Cannons need to replace some offense so this is nearly an ideal fit.

16. Jimmy Bitter, UNC Tar Heels

Attack- Brother of former MLL star Billy Bitter. Bitter had 37 points with the ‘Heels last season and he has a very quick stick. He could see playing time right away and a good fit could be the Hounds.

17. Kevin Massa, Bryant Bull Dogs

Faceoff- Massa was a big reason the Bull Dogs were able to upset Syracuse in the playoffs. He was an All-American, and remember, he is once again playing for a small school. Faeoffs are always needed around the league. Don’t be surprised to see Boston take him for depth.

18. Shayne Adams, Detroit Titans

Attack- Another Canadian and another small school player. Adams is a great box player too and his commitment to the indoor game might be a concern for MLL teams. He averages three goals per game and has an unreal shooting percentage, no matter what his opponents were.

19. Matt Poillon, Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Goalie- Our top ranked goalie in the draft. Goalies aren’t in demand like they used to be, but any team would be happy to have Poillon. He had the second best GAA in the league at 7.12 and the best for qualifying goalies (the guy below him had way less games). He’s coming back from surgery, but his stock shouldn’t drop much.

20. Goran Murray, Maryland Terrapins

Defense- Likely the best defender in the draft, and this isn’t a very deep draft for defense. Murray led a Terps defense that allowed the third fewest points in the league and he is the clear top guy at this position for this year. He could see playing time right away.