Manesis, Krygier, Danvers Selected In MLL College Draft
May 28, 2008
HOBOKEN, N.J. - UMass had three players selected in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse College Draft on Wednesday night in Hoboken, N.J. Midfielder Paul Manesis was taken in the third round (No. 26) by the Boston Cannons. Defenseman Sean Krygier was taken in the fourth round (No. 36) by the San Francisco Dragons. Defenseman Brian Danvers was the final pick of the draft at No. 50 by the Long Island Lizards. Also UMass great Sean Morris was traded to the Boston Cannons, by the Chicago Machine for the No. 8 overall selection.
With three selections, only four schools had more picks than UMass. National champion Syracuse had five followed by Johns Hopkins, Duke and Notre Dame with four. UMass was joined by Virginia and Princeton with three selections.
After a strong showing at the Warrior Challenge on Wednesday prior to the draft, Manesis was taken by the Cannons in the third round. He will join former UMass teammate Brett Garber and current Minuteman assistant coach Jake Coon, who is Boston's starting goalie. Manesis was a team captain in 2008 as a starting short-stick defensive midfielder also saw some time on offense. Played in all 46 games over the last three seasons. In 2008, he saw action in all 14 games as a senior with nine groundballs and seven caused turnovers. He had two goals for two points as a senior against Georgetown (4/22) and Albany (3/11).
Krygier was a three-year starter at close defense for the Minutemen. He has been honored as a NEILA Senior Scholar-Athlete and UMass' male Spring Scholar-Athlete this month. He started the last 46 games, including all 14 this season. He finished his career with 69 ground balls and 38 caused turnovers. He helped anchor UMass' defense, which allowed just 8.5 goals per game.
An All-New England Second Team pick, Danvers is an athletic defender, who was a team captain as a senior starting all 14 games as the long-stick defensive midfielder. He was named the MVP of the USILA North-South Game last week after scoring three goals and adding two assists as a long-pole. In 14 games this season, leads team with 36 groundballs along with 15 caused turnovers and first career goal. Helped team to 8.56 GAA. He was part of defense which held Hobart's (4/12) attack pointless in overtime win. Had two groundballs. He had a career-best five groundballs at St. John's (4/5). Danvers scored, on a fastbreak goal off full-field rush vs. Albany (3/11) for first career tally.
The Cannons attackman Sean Morris, a Marshfield, Mass. native, from the Chicago Machine in exchange for the Cannons' eighth overall selection in the 2008 MLL Collegiate Draft.
"We came into today's draft with the goal to make the team better and so far we feel that we're heading in the right direction with the acquisition of Sean, a two-year MLL veteran and 30-plus point scorer," said Cannons Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Bill Daye. "Sean can help us at both attack and midfield, and is a local player who we know has a huge fan following in Massachusetts. We're very excited to have him as a Cannon."
Morris, 25, appeared in 12 games for Chicago in 2007 and scored 15 goals, one two-point goal, and 23 assists for 39 total points. He also collected eight groundballs and one penalty minute during the season.
The 5-9, 190-pound native of Marshfield, MA, played in 10 games for Chicago in 2006, collecting 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points, along with 17 groundballs and five penalty minutes.
A 2006 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Morris was a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist (awarded to the nation's top player) during his junior and senior seasons, and was a USILA First Team All-American as a senior in 2006. Morris was the New England Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2006. One of the nation's premiere players, Morris finished his career at UMass with a 40-game point scoring streak dating back to his sophomore season and had his 34-game goal scoring streak broken during the 2006 NCAA Championship game against Virginia; the final game of his career. Morris served as the team's captain as a senior.
Originally selected by Chicago in the first-round (3rd overall) of the 2006 MLL Collegiate Draft, Morris was the first-ever player to be drafted by the Machine.
The Cannons sent their eighth overall selection in the MLL Collegiate Draft, which they acquired from the Rochester Rattlers for midfielder Brett Bucktooth earlier today, to Chicago for Morris.
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