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Major League Lacrosse (MLL) held their 2020 supplemental draft on Monday. And as usual, there were some good players that got picked up by the team that left them unprotected or by a new team.
The MLL Supplemental Draft has had some serious winners in the past, including Denver picking up Dillon Ward in 2018, Atlanta selecting Shayne Jackson in 2019, and Denver selecting Ryan Lee in 2019. And were plenty of guys taken in this year’s expansion draft that certainly have the ability to make similar impacts as the aforementioned players who were taken in recent supplemental drafts.
Here are some players drafted in the supplemental draft this year that could possibly be immediate impact players on their teams.
Freddy Freibott, LSM, Boston Cannons
A 2018 alum of Ohio State, Freibott has the ability to be a starting LSM in the pro game. The 6-foot, 190-pound Ohio native played in just five games for the now-defunct Atlanta Blaze last season. In those five games, Freibott scored one goal, recorded four caused turnovers, and 11 ground balls.
There is an open LSM spot in Boston and Freibott should be able to push for that spot day one. He has all the tools that a modern day pro LSM needs. He can be effective on the defensive end and push transition to create early offense, which the Cannons will likely need again this season with their stellar offense that has been revamped even more with the club trading for attakmen Randy Staats, Bryce Wasserman, and midfielder Bryan Cole.
Boston appears to want to play fast and Freibott’s game fits perfectly into that kind of scheme on both ends of the field. It should also be noted that Freibott played with Staats and Cole in Atlanta, so there is at least some familiarity with current guys on the team.
Matthew Pedicine, FO, Chesapeake Bayhawks
Kenny Massa was a revelation for the Chesapeake Bayhawks at the faceoff dot last season, winning 55.06% of his draws to help lead them to an MLL title. However, the Bayhwaks still ranked second to last as a team in the faceoff category.
Matthew Pedicine can be a great addition to the faceoff room for the Bayhawks. The Hobart product might not be a day one starter with Massa still around, but they could develop a 1A/1B type situation.
Pedicine ranked as one of the top college faceoff men in the country while at Hobart. During his senior year (2019), the New Jersey native led the NEC in faceoff wins with 269 and ground balls with 173. He also broke the NCAA DI single game faceoff win record with 32 against Siena on Feb. 20th, 2019.
Drew Schantz, SSDM, Connecticut Hammerheads
In pro lacrosse, there is a premium put on the short-stick defensive midfield (SSDM) position. Adding a high-caliber player like Schantz at that position is crucial for any team. And the Hammerheads may have just gotten the biggest steal of the supplemental draft with this pick.
The Allentown, Pa. native and 2019 graduate of Notre Dame was a threat during his college career. Schantz scooped up 23 ground balls, caused six turnovers, and assisted on two goals during his senior season with the Irish. He tallied 10 goals, 11 assists, 25 caused turnovers and 66 ground balls over a total of 59 games during his career at Notre Dame.
Adding a player of Schantz’s caliber to this defensive, especially at his position, is crucial for this club. He also has the potential to thrive as a two-way player, which can only amplify this Connecticut midfield unit.
Lucas Spence, A, Philadelphia Barrage
The Philadelphia Barrage, who inherited the Atlanta Blaze roster, need to bring back some firepower on the offensive end after trading away Staats and Cole. And Lucas Spence can certainly bring that to this club.
Spence, a Lehigh product, was a serious offensive threat for the Mountain Hawks during his college career. The Springfield, Pa. native tallied 53 points (25G/28A) during his senior season (2019) and recorded 131 career points at Lehigh.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound attackman can fit into this Barrage offense, which includes the likes of Shayne Jackson and Mark Matthews, and possibly be a very consistent contributor from day one.