By Paul Ryan | 12/27/13 11:30 AM
The 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft is only two weeks away, on Friday, January 10, at the US Lacrosse Convention. We continue to profile some of the best prospects eligible for the draft as we look at three Long Stick and three Short Stick Midfielders who have excelled in their collegiate career so far.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars to watch the Collegiate Draft live on the MLL’s Youtube channel starting at 8 p.m. on January 10.
Matt Harris, LSM – Syracuse
Harris is a guy that may fly under the radar, but plenty of people have kept their eye on him for the pros. The 6-foot-2 Harris caused 29 turnovers last year, ranking 42nd in D-I with 1.45 caused turnovers per game. In addition, he scooped up 52 ground balls while adding two goals and an assist. To put it simply, he’s one of the best long stick midfielders around.
John LoCascio, LSM – Villanova
When looking at LoCascio stats, you might think there’s a misprint. But it’s not a misprint – it’s just an unbelievable job by LoCascio causing havoc with the other team. The Third Team All-American caused 53 turnovers last year, fifteen more than any other player in Divison I lacrosse. To put it in perspective, his 3.79 caused turnovers per game were an entire turnover and a quarter better than the next guy (Jamie Hebden – 2.53 CT/G). Oh, and he also picked up over six ground balls per game, which made him 20th in the nation. A team that needs to shore up their defensive midfield should look no further than John LoCascio.
Steven Bogert, LSM – Penn State
Steven Bogert raised his game to another level at Penn State this past year, albeit very quietly. Not many people have Bogert on their radar, but the Carlsbad, Calif., native nabbed 80 ground balls on the year, nearly doubling his total of his first two seasons. His 4.71 ground balls per game put him 41st in the NCAA, while he caused a team-high 18 turnovers. His strong play earned him a spot on the 2013 All-CAA First Team and CAA All-Championship team. Don’t be surprised if you see him on the All-American team next year, too.
Tom Schreiber – Princeton
Only four juniors were named Division I First Team All-Americans last season – and Tom Schreiber was one of them. The midfielder from East Meadow, N.Y., scored 28 goals last year even though scoring isn’t his forte. Schreiber is a master distributor, racking up 32 assists last season and now has 73 in his collegiate career. His 2.07 assists per game ranked 16th in D-I last year, proving he can help any MLL team that needs to move the ball a bit better.
Rob Emery – Virginia
Arguably the most consistent player in the 2014 draft class, Rob Emery will add size and scoring to any team. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound midfielder has recorded at least 20 points in each of his first three seasons at Virginia. His freshman year, he tallied six points in the NCAA Tournament, helping the Cavaliers to the NCAA title. This past season, Emery scored 22 goals while adding 6 helpers, earning him a spot as a Third-Team All-American.
Jeremy Noble – Denver
Despite only playing in half his team’s games last year, Jeremy Noble still managed to make the All-American Team as an Honorable Mention. His 11 goals and seven assists helped the Pioneers get off to a hot start, but his absence hurt the team as they fell in the NCAA semifinals to Syracuse. Noble will be much more dominant in a healthy senior season and is one of just a few collegians to be named to Canada’s 51-man preliminary roster.