December 12, 2012

MLL Legend Millon Picked First in Supplemental Draft

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Mark Millon retired in 2007 as MLL's all-time leading scorer and is attempting a comeback with the Rochester Rattlers.
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With the first overall pick in Wednesday's Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft, the Rochester Rattlers plucked National Lacrosse Hall of Famer Mark Millon from retirement and the former MLL star said he's planning a comeback to the league.

Millon, 41, was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2009 after a stellar playing career with the Bayhawks, Boston Cannons and Long Island Lizards. He retired in 2007 as MLL's all-time leading scorer, a two-time league offensive player of the year (2002 and '03) and co-MVP in 2005.

He was one the league's pioneers — one of 40 players to take part in the MLL's Summer Showcase barnstorming tour in 2000, which pre-dated the league's inaugural 2001 season. Millon played that year for the then-Baltimore Bayhawks. He played in four straight MLL championship games with the organization.

Now the veteran attackman is attempting a comeback. Millon confirmed it on Twitter Wednesday afternoon and Rattlers coach Tim Soudan did the same to Lacrosse Magazine.

"He's doing it for the right reasons," said Soudan, who played with Millon in college at UMass and with the U.S. men's national team. "He's not chasing the dream or some scoring record. He wants to help the team out. I can't wait to see how it turns out. He's always been a guy that stays in really good shape. If we get 75 percent of what Mark Millon was 10 years ago, we win. You can't purchase the type of high-end experience and leadership he has."

Soudan said there were only a handful of teams Millon was considering playing for. Rochester, Boston and Long Island were among them. And this wasn't a plan that had been in the works for a while. Soudan just learned earlier this week that Millon had signed up for the MLL's player pool, and checked with him to see if a comeback effort was for real. Soudan again connected with Millon on Tuesday night to see what other teams may have been contacting him. Then the Rattlers kicked off Wednesday's draft with the stunning pick.

Millon will join a Rattlers attack that includes Kevin Leveille, Ned Crotty, Billy Bitter and Steven Boyle, although Soudan said Crotty and Bitter could both run midfield. Rochester protected Mike Leveille as well this offseason but his playing status remains undetermined, Soudan said. He did not play last season.

"What our team really needs, on top of a lot of talent, is guys that have experience, are leaders and have been around while," Soudan said. "In talking with him, he said, 'I don't have the expectation of being a scoring leader,' but he feels like he can play with guys in this league. He's also got a couple young sons who have never seen him play at this level. They were all unselfish reasons. He'll be a leader."

Before his MLL career, Millon was a member of the 1994 and 1998 U.S. men's national teams on which he won All-World and tournament MVP in 1994 and All-World and best attackmen in 1998, helping the U.S. to two world titles. Millon was USCLA Player of the Year (1994, 1995, 1998) during his playing time for Long Island Lacrosse Club and Mt. Washington Club.

In other supplemental draft news, the Chesapeake Bayhawks picked Casey Powell with the 32nd pick. Powell said in August he was retiring from the league, but would eye a spot on Team USA's 2014 squad.

Chesapeake later traded defenseman Chris Schiller to the Charlotte Hounds for their seventh-round pick in the 2014 Collegiate Draft. The Lizards also made a draft day trade, acquiring veteran Boston defenseman Jack Reid for a sixth-round draft choice in 2014.

The 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft is set for Jan. 11 in Philadelphia during the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion.

The full results:

Pick Team Player Position
1 Rochester (from Ohio) Mark Millon Attack
2 Hamilton Kevin Cunningham Midfield
3 Charlotte Tim Desko Attack
4 Ohio (from Rochester) Jeff Ledwick Midfield
5 Long Island Kevin Ridgway Defense
6 Boston Christopher Mattes Midfieled/FO
7 Denver Charlie Cipriano Goalie
8 Hamilton (from Chesapeake) Evan Kirk Goalie
       
9 Rochester (from Ohio) Dan Cocchi Defense
10 Hamilton Sam DeVore Defense
11 Charlotte Tim Fallon Midfield/FO
12 Rochester Thomas Wood Attack
13 Rochester (from Long Island) Pat Dutton Midfield
14 Boston Tom Celentani Defense
15 Denver Tom Compitello Attack
16 Chesapeake Grant Kaleikau Attack
       
17 Ohio Art Kell Attack
18 Hamilton Alex Demopolous Attack
19 Ohio (from Charlotte) Diogo Godoi Defense
20 Rochester Kyle Buchanan Midfield
21 Long Island Andrew Hennessey Midfield/FO
22 Boston Mike Gabel Goalie
23 Denver James Dailey Attack
24 Chesapeake Brett Manney Midfield
       
25 Ohio Tim Kaiser Defense
26 Hamilton John Cunningham Midfield
27 Charlotte Nick O'Hara Defense
28 Rochester Bryan Neufeld Attack
29 Ohio (from Long Island) Tim McCormack Goalie
30 Boston Ryan Nizolek Defense
31 Ohio (from Denver) J J Miller Midfield/FO
32 Chesapeake Casey Powell Attack
       
33 Denver (from Ohio) Ethan Vedder Midfield
34 Hamilton Matt Messina Midfield
35 Chesapeake (from Charlotte) Mark Staines Defense
36 Chesapeake (from Rochester) Jamie Lincoln Midfield
37 Long Island Matt Cannone Attack
38 Boston Scott LaRue Midfield
39 Chesapeake (from Denver) Bruce Bickford Goalie
40 Boston (from Chesapeake) J J Gilbane Midfield
       
41 Ohio Scott Perri Attack
42 Hamilton Al Kohart Midfield
43 Denver (from Charlotte) Adam Jones Midfield
44 Boston (from Rochester) Martin Bowes Midfield
45 Long Island Justin Smith Midfield
46 Boston Jeff Brown Defense
47 Chesapeake (from Denver) Tony Mendes Attack
48 Chesapeake Dan Hardy Midfield
       
49 Ohio Rob Fortunato Goalie
50 Hamilton Rhys Duch Midfield
51 Charlotte Carter Bender Midfield
52 Rochester Jordan Levine Midfield
53 Long Island Parker McKee Defense
54 Boston Jeff Cohen Attack
55 Long Island (from Denver) Matt Bernier Defense
56 Chesapeake Chris Schiller* Midfield
       
57 Chesapeake (from Ohio) Joe Marra Goalie
58 Hamilton Brice Queener Midfield
59 Charlotte Matt Madalon Goalie
60 Rochester Jason LaShomb Goalie
61 Long Island Chris Langton Midfield
62 Boston Craig Bunker FO/Midfield
63 Denver Tom Guadagnolo Defense
64 Chesapeake Neil Hicks Attack
       
65 Ohio Anthony Toresco FO
66 Hamilton Devan Spilker Attack
67 Charlotte Kyle Moeller Defense
68 Rochester Jake Deane Defense
69 Long Island Joey Kemp Goalie
70 Boston Patrick Gaffney Defense
71 Denver Dan Deckelbaum Midfield
72 Chesapeake Zach Angel Midfield
       
73 Ohio Will Harrington Midfield
74 Hamilton Brian Caufield Attack
75 Charlotte Shayne Jackson Attack
76 Rochester Jacob Ziegler Defense
77 Long Island Doug Shanahan Midfield
78 Boston Tim Langmaid Defense
79 Denver Mikey Thompson Midfield
80 Chesapeake Josh Sims Midfield
       
81 Ohio Andrew Stimmel Midfield
82 Hamilton Solomon Bliss Defense
83 Charlotte Matt Lalli Midfield
84 Rochester Angus Dineley Goalie
85 Long Island Joe Yevoli Attack
86 Boston Frank Tufano Defense
87 Denver Steve Schoeffel Midfield
88 Chesapeake J P Dalton Midfield/FO
       
89 Ohio Audi Glass Defense
90 Hamilton Peter Vlahakis Midfield
91 Charlotte Sean Aaron Goalie
92 Rochester Paul Richards Midfield
93 Long Island David Hild Attack
94 Boston Eric Hagarty Goalie
95 Denver Ken Clausen Defense
96 Chesapeake Chris Hunt Midfield




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