Seven Ivies Selected in 2014 MLL Draft
Portions of story courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications and Harvard Athletic Communications
PHILADELPHIA -- Princeton University's Tom Schreiber became the school's second-ever No. 1 overall selection and the Ivy League's second No. 1 pick in the last three years when Major League Lacrosse held its 2014 Collegiate Draft this past weekend.
Schreiber, the All-America midfielder, was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft, chosen by the Ohio Machine. He joins Ryan Mollett, the very first MLL selection back in 2001, as Princeton players who have gone No. 1 overall.
"I'm very excited," Schreiber said. "It's a great honor. There had been a lot of speculation and I just tried to enjoy the process. I'm just grateful for the opportunity to keep playing lacrosse after graduation."
Princeton joins Syracuse and Johns Hopkins as the only schools to produce multiple No. 1 overall selections.
Cornell's Rob Pannell was the last Ivy League selection at No. 1 overall, that coming in 2012. He joined the Long Island (now New York) squad last summer and went on to earn MLL Rookie of the Year honors. Pannell, Mollett and Schreiber are the only three Ivies to be picked No. 1 overall in the draft's 14-year history.
Five of the seven Ivy squads were represented among the seven selections. Yale's Dylan Levings went to Chesapeake in the third round with the 24th overall pick. Harvard's Dan Eipp was picked by Rochester in the fourth round (32nd overall). Yale's Brandon Mangan earned a fifth-round selection by New York, where he will join Pannell.
Three of the sixth rounds' eight selections were Ivies as Cornell's Tom Freshour went to Rochester (No. 44 overall), Princeton's Nick Fernandez went to Denver (46th) and Penn's Zack Losco went to Charlotte (47th).
This year's draft marked the fourth in which only seniors with expiring eligibility were eligible to be drafted. With the move, drafted players can directly join their respective MLL teams following their senior seasons.
Schreiber is a two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection, as well as a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist as a junior a year ago. He enters his senior year with 76 goals and 73 assists for his career, and his 149 career points are the most ever by a Princeton middie, even with one season to go.
Levings, a native of Massapequa, N.Y., was the Ivy League Tournament MVP last season, helping the Bulldogs to the title by winning 30 of 40 faceoffs during the two games. He led Yale in ground balls with 129, ranking seventh in the nation at 7.59 per contest. He also won 60 percent of his faceoffs on the year as the Bulldogs narrowly missed a trip to the national semifinals.
Eipp is the fifth Harvard player to be selected in the draft and tied for the second-highest selection in program history behind Kevin Vaughn (14th overall in 2012).
A midfielder from Syracuse, N.Y., Eipp has played in 36
career games at Harvard totaling 76 points on 46 goals and 30
assists. A knee injury forced him to miss the final eight games of
last season after earning All-Ivy League as a sophomore. That year,
Eipp ranked second on the team in points (42), goals (24) and
assists (18), and also contributed 21 ground balls. As a freshman,
he helped the Crimson to the championship game of the Ivy League
Tournament with 24 points on 16 goals and eight assists, and was
named the NEILA All-New England Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy
League honorable mention.
Managan, an attackman from Wantagh, N.Y., earned second-team All-Ivy honors with a team-best 39 goals. He led the Bulldogs with 64 points, recording a goal in every game and scoring multiple goals in 13 of 17 contests.
A defender from Smithtown, N.Y., Freshour started all 18 games and helped Cornell to rank 15th in the nation in scoring defense. He picked up 40 ground balls on the season, including a season-high five against Siena. He also caused 19 turnovers, with a season-best coming against the Saints. Freshour also registered the first points of his collegiate career with a pair of goals against Princeton on Apr. 27.
Fernandez has been a shortstick defensive midfielder and a close defender in his career. He battled through injuries as a freshman before becoming one of the team's starting SSDMs his sophomore year. Last season, as Princeton rebuilt its defense, Fernandez was switched to close defense, where he started all 15 games.
Losco was a first-team All-Ivy selection last season, starting all 13 games in the midfield. He was Penn's first first-team All-Ivy selection in the midfield in nearly 20 years, leading Penn in scoring with 23 goals and tallying 29 points. He scored in 12 of the 13 contests last year.