Dave Cottle had a very successful nine-year run as the head coach of the
With their first two picks in the draft, the Bayhawks selected Maryland players, taking long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt in the first round (No. 4 overall) and midfielder Kevin Cooper (Archbishop Spalding) in the second round at No. 16 overall.
Bernhardt is the first Terp drafted in the first round since Joe Cinosky was taken ninth in 2008, and the highest-drafted Maryland player since Joe Walters went first overall to the
Immediately after the Bernhardt pick was announced, analyst Quint Kessenich echoed recent speculation that Bernhardt might enroll at
The addition of Bernhardt -- whether it's in 2013 or 2014 -- will help the aging defense of the defending league champions. A USILA second-team All-American and
Cooper, meanwhile, tied for fifth on the Terps last season with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists).
The Bayhawks originally had the eighth pick in the draft but made a trade with the
With their fourth-round pick (No. 32 overall), the Bayhawks selected Delaware midfielder Dom Sebastiani, described by Kessenich as a "freakish athlete." Three picks later, Chesapeake took Hofstra attackman Adrian Sorichetti, billed by Kessenich as a "brilliant shooter."
The Bayhawks traded the No. 40 overall pick (fifth round) to the Rattlers in return for their fifth-round pick in the 2014 Collegiate Draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 Supplemental Draft. To end their evening, the Bayhawks dealt the No. 56 pick (seventh round), this one to the New York Lizards, for a seventh-round selection in the 2014 Collegiate Draft.
With the first overall pick, the
In the first round, three other Baltimore-area players were taken -- Johns Hopkins defenseman Tucker Durkin went to the Hounds at No. 3, Loyola midfielder Josh Hawkins was picked by the
In a notable move, the Nationals took
Considering that it was a weak goalie class, one interesting omission was Johns Hopkins goaltender Pierce Bassett, who was a USILA honorable mention All-American last season and a second-team All-American in 2011. Only two goalies were drafted Friday: Notre Dame's John Kemp (No. 25 to Rochester) and Bucknell's Kyle Feeney (No. 59 to Charlotte).
The MLL website has a full list of picks. Other Baltimore-area players drafted: