Editor’s Note: In his last piece, Sean Christman wrote about some undrafted seniors with potential in the MLL. Since then, players have been getting picked up across the league by teams in need. Here is Sean’s look at some of those who have been picked up so far.
Dillon Ward, G, Nationals
The former Bellarmine keeper was picked up by the Nationals this week. He was immediately put into action, making 11 saves in his debut performance. The Nationals lost to the Lizards 12-10, but it was a solid debut. Ward is now the fourth goalie on the roster, so the Hamilton staff will have some decisions to make on who to keep. Brett Queener has been great this season, and backups Brett Herbst and Evan Kirk have played well also. It will be interesting to see how the goalie situation plays out at the end of the year for the Nats.
Ryan Snyder, F/O, Outlaws
The Outlaws boosted their roster on thursday when they picked up former Lehigh faceoff guy Ryan Snyder. Snyder has super quick hands and loves to push the ball off the faceoff. Snyder is also one of the few faceoff men with the ability to take the ball to the cage off the faceoff. He scored eight goals in his collegiate career. Snyder could be an immediate impact player in relief to Anthony Kelly.
Mike Noone, D, Machine
The Ohio Machine have been making lots of roster changes lately in an attempt to find something that works. After waiving Anthony Biscardi and Tim McCormack, the Machine added Mike Noone to their practice squad. The former Lehigh defenseman has the ability to now make the active roster with his aggressive style of play and crafty takeaway checks.
Thomas Keith, D, Lizards
Keith is a New York native who played his college ball at Cornell, alongside his Lizards teammate Rob Pannell. Keith was the starting LSM for the Big Red, and will play with current Lizards LSM Brian Karalunas. Keith is a strong defensive player, whose speed will pay him dividends in the professional ranks.
Danny Henneghan, F/O, LXM PRO
Henneghan was not selected by and MLL team, and has signed on to play with this year’s LXM PRO team Maverik United. I’m including him because he is a baller! He played in the first LXM event, winning 24-31 faceoffs. His strong senior season at Penn State may have also gained him attention from MLL teams, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up playing next season.
Luke Cometti, M, Rattlers
Cometti, a former Syracuse middie who may have flown under the radar due to the star power of Jojo Marasco. However, after a solid senior season, he joins the Rochester Rattlers, a team that likes to draft Syracuse players. Cometti is currently on the practice squad, but may get moved up later in the year.
There is still plenty of young talent available in the player pool, and MLL GM’s are starting to help their rosters with these undrafted seniors. For those like Henneghan who were not selected by an MLL team, many will end up playing on the LXM Pro Tour. Either way, it is neat to see these players getting a shot in the big leagues, so keep your eyes peeled for signings around the league.