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Bayhawks bolster midfield in MLL Draft

Denver midfielder Erik Adamson is a big offensive threat out of the midfield and is currently leading the collegiate preseason No. 1 Denver Pioneers.

Denver midfielder Erik Adamson is a big offensive threat out of the midfield and is currently leading the collegiate preseason No. 1 Denver Pioneers.

With plenty of firepower up front between Drew Westervelt, Matt Mackrides and Brendan Mundorf along with the addition of perennial All-Star attackman Matt Danowski, the Chesapeake Bayhawks used the MLL draft to upgrade their midfield.

Before the draft, the Bayhawks traded their first round pick and first and second round picks in 2016 to the Charlotte Hounds for Danowski, a five-time All-Star who has amassed 278 points in his seven-year career.

With their first pick not coming until the 14th overall selection, the Bayhawks focused in on Denver’s Erik Adamson. Last year, after scoring 44 goals and 54 total points, Adamson was named an Honorable Mention All-American and is a preseason first team All-American heading into his senior year.

The Bayhawks had two of the first three picks of the third round, numbers 17 and 19. In that round, they went with Syracuse’s Henry Schoonmaker and Cornell’s Matt Donovan. Though Schoonmaker isn’t much of a scorer, netting just 14 goals last year, he is a great facilitator and was the Orange’s midfield general. Donovan is where they’ll pick up more offense. He finished second in goals and points for the Big Red last year, netting 35 scores with 58 points. His 23 assists tied for second on the team. Donovan is listed at attack for Cornell but is more of an up-central midfielder.

In the fourth round, the Bayhawks had back-to-back picks at 24 and 25. With their first pick, they took one of the nation’s top face-off specialists in Maryland’s Charlie Raffa and a very gifted defender in Australian Callum Robinson from Division III powerhouse Stevenson.

Raffa was a a Second Team All-American last year after winning 194 of 283 face-off attempts and finishing with 29 ground balls and 17 caused turnover.

Robinson, despite playing at a lower level of competition, was a Second Team All-American. He dominated DIII and had 74 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers last year. Robinson’s teammate Tony Rossi was the Bayhawks eight round pick. The Calvert Hall graduate was a third team All-American after scoring 36 goals with 22 assists.

Between the two from Stevenson, the Bayhawks selected Hobart attackman Alex Love and Notre Dame attackman Conor Doyle.

In 2013, Love scored 45 goals with 10 assists, just one year after netting 38 scores. But last year, in what was supposed to be his senior campaign, he went down with an injury just three games into the season. In those three games, though, he was fantastic and netted nine goals. The Bayhawks used a fifth round pick on Love last season.

Doyle, who went to Gilman before choosing to go to college at Notre Dame, finished last season with 31 goals and 19 assists. He also scooped up 29 ground balls.

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