Seven Minutemen Picked During MLL Supplemental Draft
Dec. 11, 2013
BOSTON - Seven former Massachusetts men's lacrosse standouts were selected when Major League Lacrosse held its supplemental draft in anticipation of the 2014 season on Wednesday afternoon. Anthony Biscardi, Tom Celentani, Colin Fleming, Brett Garber, Jake Smith, Kyle Smith and Bobby Tyler were each picked during the 12-round event.
Jake Smith was chosen seventh overall by Charlotte during the first round. The 2013 graduate of the University of Massachusetts was a two-time USILA All-America selection during his tenure as a Minuteman.
Florida, which enters its first year as an expansion team, grabbed Garber with the No. 8 pick. Garber has 43 points on 26 goals - including a trio of two-point tallies - and 14 assists over as many games played in Major League Lacrosse.
Biscardi (33rd pick) joins Jake Smith in Charlotte after spending the previous two MLL seasons as a member of the Ohio Machine. USILA named Biscardi to its honorable mention all-America listing in 2011 before he was tabbed to the second team as a senior at UMass in 2012.
Boston used three consecutive selections on former Minutemen. Kyle Smith was the first of the trio picked (No. 43 overall) before the Cannons added Tom Celentani (No. 51) and Fleming (No. 59). Smith led UMass with 48 points recorded on 30 goals and 18 assists as a senior in 2013. Celentani was a USILA Third Team All-American as a senior in 2012 while Fleming, earned 61 career points on 46 goals and 15 assists during four years contributing to the UMass midfield (2010-13).
Tyler, part of the 2013 graduating class, rounded out the seven when Ohio selected him 89th overall. The Hudson, Ohio, native dished out the second-most assists on UMass as a senior with 19 and had at least one points in 11 of the 15 games played on the year.
The 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft will take place on Friday, Jan. 10. UMass men's lacrosse opens its 2014 season at Army on Feb. 9 and hosts its first home game at Garber Field against Harvard on Feb. 22.