Atlanta Blaze Sign First Rookies of 2019
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today that three rookies have officially signed with the Atlanta Blaze. The Blaze are proud to add Villanova midfielder, TJ Comizio, Seton Hill long-stick-middie, Brett Craig, and Mount Saint Mary’s midfielder Jack Mangan. After signing Comizio, Craig and Mangan are all able to take part in spring training – set to begin this weekend in Atlanta.
“We are excited to welcome TJ, Brett and Jack to the Blaze,” said Spencer Ford, GM for the Atlanta Blaze. “TJ is a fierce two-way competitor who can eliminate top dodging threats on the opposing teams and push pace the opposite direction. Jack has similar qualities to TJ as he is also a short-stick defender who moves extremely well, defends with strategy and runs transition. Brett is a 6’5” LSM who slashes hard, plays a physical brand of lacrosse and is very good with the ball in his stick.”
TJ Comizio has earned All-BIG EAST Second Team and All-BIG EAST Tournament Team honors in his career with the Villanova Wildcats. Comizio played in all fifteen games for the Wildcats this season, scoring one goal and nine assists as a short-stick midfield, defenseman. He had the most number of caused turnovers (24) and ground balls (64) for the Wildcats this season.
Brett Craig has earned USILA All American, G-MAC Specialist of the Year, First Team All G-MAC selection, G-MAC Academic All-Conference selection and Google Cloud Academic All District Men’s at Large Team in his career with the Seton Hill Griffons. In the 2019 season Craig played and started in all seventeen games for the Griffons. He was first overall on the team for caused turnovers (26) and second on the team for ground balls (99).
Jack Mangan has earned All-Northeast Conference First Team, All-Northeast Conference Second Team, Northeast Conference All-Rookie honors during his career with Mount St. Mary’s, and was named a Team
Captain in 2019. This season Mangan played in all 16 games for the Mount, recording 9 goals, 11 assists, 59 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers.
Congratulations to TJ Comizio, Brett Craig and Jack Mangan!
*Once an MLL rookies’ NCAA eligibility expires, they are able to sign with Major League Lacrosse.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), based in Boston, is the premier professional field lacrosse league. MLL has led lacrosse’s growth into the mainstream of competitive team sports since 2001. In the spring of 2018, MLL entered into new leadership for the first time in 14 years when it selected Alexander Brown as the Commissioner. Since that time MLL has been on an aggressive path towards sustainably developing and growing the league. The league currently features six teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dallas Rattlers, Denver Outlaws, and New York Lizards. Tickets for the 2019 season and the 2019 All-Star Game are available on majorleaguelacrosse.com
Additional League Information Website: majorleaguelacrosse.com
Instagram: instagram.com/majorleaguelax Twitter: twitter.com/MLL_Lacrosse
About the Atlanta Blaze
On August 7, 2015, the MLL granted an expansion franchise to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2016 MLL season. The league had previously held several games there before including the 2014 and 2015 championship games.
The 2018 summer season was the best season that the Blaze had since their inception, posting a 7-7 record. They were one win away from their first playoff berth, but lost to the Denver Outlaws on the final week of the season to be eliminated. Additional Blaze Information
Instagram: instagram.com/ atlantablazemll Twitter: twitter.com/AtlantaBlaze
|Blaze Drafted Rookies||School|
|Jack Mangan||Mount St. Marys|
|Brett Craig||Seton Hill|
|Tyson Gibson||Robert Morris|