Through Two Days of Action, Multiple Rookies Find Ways to Shine

(Photo Courtesy of Major League Lacrosse)

The 2020 Major League League Lacrosse (MLL) season is just two days and five games young. Yet, multiple rookies have already found ways to not only find their footing in the pro game but make their names known. 

No rookie has made as big of an impact during the first two days of the MLL season than Denver Outlaws’ attackman Dan Bucaro. The Georgetown grad was drafted ninth overall by the Outlaws in the 2019 draft but missed all of last season after having knee surgery following his final college game with the Hoyas. Bucaro made his MLL debut on Saturday night, where he made a splash in the Outlaws’ dominating victory over the Connecticut Hammerheads. 

In his first two MLL games, Bucaro has shown how well he fits in with the Denver offense, playing very well alongside the likes of John Grant Jr., Chris Aslanian, Ryan Lee, and the rest of the dangerous weapons that are in Denver’s offensive arsenal. Bucaro has been able to take the reigns at times, show off his world-class change of direction speed, and cause real havoc for the opposing defense. 

Bucaro went off for four goals in the Outlaws’ opener against the Hammerheads. He followed up that performance with a four-point (3G/1A) performance on Sunday against the Philadelphia Barrage, helping move Denver to 2-0 on the season. 

In addition to Bucaro, the Outlaws have gotten some good production from a pair of Army West Point grads in attackman Miles Silva and defenseman Tom Rigney, and midfielder Pat Aslanian, who is a Notre Dame grad. 

Silva netted a hat trick against Connecticut and Rigney recorded four caused turnovers, leading the game in the category, and scooped up one ground ball. The defenseman added two ground balls and one caused turnover against Philadelphia. Aslanian was pretty quiet against the Hammerheads but recorded one goal, one assist, and one ground ball against the Barrage. 

New York’s Colin Burke and Andrew Pettit have been two other rookies that have made significant splashes in the first two days of the season. Burke, a Utah grad, caught fire and netted a hat trick in the Lizards’ season-opening contest against Boston, while Pettit, a product of Lehigh, tallied one goal against Boston and put on a show against Chesapeake, tallying three points (2G/1A) – including this insane shot around Warren Jeffrey’s back.

The Philadelphia Barrage have also seen multiple rookies contribute heavily in their first few games, as Jon Mazza (2G/1A) and Tyson Gibson (2G) caught fire in their opener against Chesapeake. Additionally, defenseman Mark Evanchick, a Penn grad, has shown everyone why he was considered one of the best cover guys in this years’ draft class. The defenseman drew Lyle Thompson and did quite a good job early on against him on Saturday and drew Bucaro on Sunday. Evanchick recorded one caused turnover in Sunday’s contest against Denver. 

In addition, Chesapeake LSM’s Chase Levesque, a Boston U. grad, has made an impact early on in his career and has shown to be a very valuable addition to the Bayhawks’ defense. Levesque scooped up one ground ball and dished out an assist in the Bayhawks’ opener against Philadelphia. He recorded four ground balls and one caused turnover against Chesapeake. 

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