Friday night was a busy one for the Ohio Machine as its was on the clock for the Major League Lacrosse No. 1 pick in the annual Collegiate Draft.
With the first pick in the draft the Machine grabbed the best player in the draft — Princeton senior Tom Schreiber — and with the 57th pick overall the squad grabbed Ohio Wesleyan senior and Dublin native Spencer Schnell.“Not only was Tom Schreiber the best player in this draft, we got the best player in college lacrosse,” said General Manager and President John Algie. “In addition to Tom, every player we drafted will strengthen our team in 2014 and address area of needs on our roster.”
Schreiber ranks first all-time among Tiger midfielders with 149 career points (76 goals, 73 assists) and is the only midfielder in program history to register more than 70 career goals and 70 career assists. A Tewaaraton Trophy finalist last year, Schreiber earned All-America honors after each of this three collegiate seasons (2013 and 2012 first team, 2011 third team). Schreiber led the Tigers in assists three consecutive seasons and has twice led the team in goals.
“We are very excited to have Tom (Schreiber) join our team,” said Machine Coach Bear Davis. “We feel that Tom’s skills and personality compliment what we are building both on and off the field in Columbus.”
But it wasn’t just the insiders, spouting Schreiber’s fit in the Machine’s system. “The @MachineMLL select … Tom Schreiber. As expected. The perfect fit for their newly reconstructed lineup,” Inside Lacrosse writer Kyle Devitte posted to his twitter (@TheKyleDevitte) feed on Friday night.
Schnell, a graduate of Jerome High School, earned United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America honors with the Bishops last season. He led Bishop midfielders and ranked third on the team in scoring with 28 goals and 14 assists for 42 points. His 28 goals tied for fourth in the North Coast Athletic Conference and he earned second-team honors last season.
2014 Ohio Machine Collegiate Draft
|1||1||Tom Schreiber||Midfielder||Princeton University|
|2||13||Rob Guida||Midfielder||Johns Hopkins University|
|4||25||Jackson Place||Defender||Bucknell University|
|4||27||Scott Loy||Midfielder||Syracuse University|
|5||39||Derek Maltz||Attacker||Syracuse University|
|6||41||Stephen O’Hara||Defender||University of Notre Dame|
|7||49||R.G. Keenan||Face/Off Spec.||University of North Carolina|
|8||57||Spencer Schnell||Midfielder||Ohio Wesleyan University|
Schnell was one of two Ohio-natives selected by the Machine on Friday as the squad selected Toledo native Scott Loy, a midfielder with Syracuse, who played 18 games with the first midfield and compiled 24 points, including 20 goals, for the Orange in 2013.
Rob Guida, a midfielder from power-house John Hopkins, missed most of the 2013 season with an injury. However in 2012 he earned second-team All-America honors as he posted 17 goals and 11 assists in 16 games.
“Not only was Tom Schreiber the best player in this draft, we got the best player in college lacrosse.” – John Algie, Machine President and General Manager
Jackson Place, a senior from Bucknell, ranked 17th nationally last season with 30 caused turnovers and ranked third on the Bucknell team with 43 groundballs.
Derek Maltz a Co-Captain for the Syracuse Orange finished second on the team with 32 goals last season. O’Hara has been named a Captain for the 2014 Fighting Irish squad. O’Hara has started every game over the last two seasons in Notre Dame’s close defense, which has been one of the best in the nation over that time. O’Hara was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team last season.
R. G. Keenan is a face-off specialist for the nation’s third-ranked Tar Heels and he’s won the team’s Holmes Harden, Sr. Award for three straight years after compiling 111 ground balls in 2013. He was named All-ACC Tournament Team for the second straight year. In 2013 Keenan won 198 (of 374) face-offs which ranked fifth best in Tar Heel history, while his ground ball total was good for sixth.
Season tickets for the Machine’s 2014 season are on sale and range from General Admission at $92 to a Field Level Box at $2,400 and include seven regular season home games plus a 2014 MLL playoff game. Information on 2014 season tickets can be found online or by calling 614-754-1973.