Rochester Makes Multiple Moves, New England Adds Talent and Depth, Ryan Benesch is a Knighthawk

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As the NLL trade deadline of March 11th is fastly approaching, we saw three pretty big trades today. While multiple teams were involved, the one constant was that every trade involved the Rochester Knighthaws. 

The Rochester Knighthawks traded forward Joe Resetartis to the New England Black Wolves in exchange for two draft picks. Rochester will get a first round pick in 2022 and a second round pick in 2019 from New England. 

Resetartis is a seven-year veteran, having played in Rochester since being acquired from Buffalo back in March of 2015. The forward has tallied a career total of 364 points (149G,215A). So far this season Resetartis has 41 points (15G,26A). 

For New England this is a huge pickup, especially with the Callum Crawford suspension situation. Resetartis will be the number one righty forward during however many games Crawford is suspended (maximum of 6). Beyond that, Resetartis adds depth to the right side with Crawford and Digby being their other two righty forwards. 

Rochester wasn’t done wheeling and dealing after the Resetartis trade, making two others within in just a few hours of the Resetartis trade coming out. The Knighthawks traded defenseman Paul Dawson to San Diego in exchange for draft picks and traded forward Cory Vitarelli to Colorado in exchange for Ryan Benesch. 

The Knighthawks receive a 2020 second round pick and a conditional 2022 second round pick from San Diego in exchange for Paul Dawson. The veteran defenseman had been with Rochester since being acquired from Philadelphia in December of 2012. Dawson has 3 assist and 34 loose balls thus far in 2019. He will be playing with his brother Dan Dawson in San Diego for the Seals. 

In the biggest move of the day Rochester adds a lot of firepower, trading Cory Vitarelli to Colorado for Ryan Benesch. The lefty forward has been one of the best shooters in the league. Benesch has a career total of 977 points (415G,562A) thus far. This season Benesch has been the number one guys in Colorado, tallying 47 points (17G,30A). 

For Vitarelli he goes to Colorado after spending his entire nine-year career with the Knighthawks. Vitarelli has a career total of 313 points (184G,129A). Vitarelli will be a good addition in Colorado on the left side, joining the likes of Eli McLaughlin and Chris Wardle. 


Kyle Killen Breaking Onto The Scene in Colorado

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The Colorado Mammoth drafted Kyle Killen in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2018 NLL entry draft. The Rookie out of RIT and the Coburg Kodiaks has made a serious splash in Colorado very early on in his young NLL career. 

If you have watched Killen in the field game at RIT or in the MSL with Coburg this should come as no surprise to you at all. 

During his senior season in 2018 at RIT Killen helped the Tigers go undefeated in the regular season in 2018. They would make it to the semifinals of the NCAA DIII tournament where they lost to Wesleyan. Killen led the Tigers as he tallied 103 points (16G/17A) as a senior. Killen was fifth in goals per game across the NCAA DIII ranks as a senior in that 2018 season. 

During the summer in the MSL last season, Killen led the Coburg Kodiaks offense with 35 points (15G/20A) in 13 games. Killen was 16th in points, 17th in goals, and tied for 17th in assist in the MSL over the 2018 summer. 

After seeing those stats you see why the Mammoth jumped to take him in the draft. Killen is a pure goal scorer and over the past few weeks of the season he has been able to showcase that in the NLL more and more. 

After the 2018 NLL draft Mammoth head coach Pat Coyle said, “Honestly, we expected [Killen] to go at least 10 spots earlier, He’s a great goal scorer and adds depth to our offense. We’re really luck to get him.”

Coming into the season with a short camp due to the CBA agreements it wasn’t looking good for some of the “under the radar” guys as well as rookies. Killen made the roster in Colorado (as expected from a 2nd round pick) that is full of veteran leaders on both sides of the ball. Killen didn’t get his shot until the Mammoth’s 4th game of the season when they got their first win of the season against Calgary.

In his NLL debut, Killen tallied 3 points (2G/1A). Since that first action of his NLL career Killen has seen action in every game and has now found himself starting. Killen has tallied 13 points (8G/5A) through the first 4 games of his NLL season. He recorded his first hat trick on February 2nd in the Mammoth’s game at Buffalo.

Currently sitting in last place in the west with a 2-5 record the Mammoth have been struggling so far this season. Having a young player like Kyle Killen step in and be able to contribute and really help them out has been huge. When you consider the Stephen Keogh trade that opens up more space for Killen, even though Keogh had been in and out of the lineup. 

While Killen is still in the early stages of his NLL career the future looks bright for the righty forward who has seemingly broken through and provided a spark for a struggling team. Killen is just getting his career started and if he can continue on this upward trend this season we could see Killen play an even bigger part of this offense in Colorado from here on out. 

Recruiting Radar: January Roundup


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Recruiting Radar is a monthly series in which Lacrosse Bucket founder Tanner Demling takes a look at some of the most notable news that has transpired over the past month. 

In January we saw plenty of recruiting news from commitments, reported offers, and look at some of the top uncommitted players in the 2020 class. 

Notable Commitment News

The month of January, like many other months, saw some very notable news surrounding commitments. That news included top caliber players committing and a few schools getting multiple commitments. 

Air Force got a commitment from Wando (SC)/LB3- 2020 attackman Tommy Marcoon. Inside Lacrosse has Marcoon ranked as the number 92 player in the 2020 class and rated as a 4-star prospect. 

The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up a big commitment from the Lone Star state as 2020 Episcopal Dallas (TX)/ Texas Cowboys defenseman Henry Watson has announced his commitment to the Buckeyes. 

Air Force may have had the most success on the recruiting trail this month as they picked up three commitments in the past month. Wando (SC)/LB3- 2020 attackman Tommy Marcoon, Milton (GA)/LB3 – 2020 midfielder Will Stax, and Rockhurst (MO)/Legends West – 2020 attackman Mason Vasta all announced their commitment to the Falcons this past month. 

Canisius grabbed their first two commitments in the 2020 class early in January and Syracuse continues to find success on the recruiting trail after a rough fall. The Orange got commitments from Archbishop Stepinac (NY)/Prime Time junior midfielder Joey Carino and St. Paul’s (MD)/ Crabs Lacrosse LSM Frankie Hapney this past month. 

Marist finished off their 2019 recruiting class with a commitment from Lake Oswego (OR)/3d Lacrosse – 20202 defenseman Keenan DeRaeve

Ohio State flipped Islip (NY) junior defenseman Jack Graffagnino from Rutgers. Graffagnino is now th

Reported Offers

Lacrosse isn’t to the point yet of every player announcing when they receive an offer from a school. However, there are a few that you hear about through the grapevine and a few that do announce offers via social media. 

The only reported DI offer that was announced by a player was Hillgrove (GA) senior midfielder Khory Reid who received an offer from Mercer on January 20th. Reid has taken a visit to Mercer as well. While Mercer is his only offer at the moment he is also talking to DII powerhouse Limestone. The senior is a dual-sport athlete as he plays football as well. 

Top Uncommitted 2020’s 

As the high school season get’s underway across the country over the next month or so, there are a still a few 2020 players in the Inside Lacrosse top 100 rankings that still remained uncommitted.

No. 61 Christopher Kirst, A, Delbarton (NJ)/Leading Edge Elite – 2020

The number 61 ranked player by Inside Lacrosse nd 4-star attackman has been uncommitted but has recieved interest from some big time schools for quite sometime. Kirst is a a very quick lefty that can get to the cage and finish. He is also good in transition and can ride pretty well too. Kirst is currently considering Cornell, Duke, and Denver. Cornell and Duke appear to be leading at this point.

No. 71 Nic Pecora, G, Deerfield (MA)/Prime Time -2020

The goalie out of Deerfield (MA)/Prime Time-2020 is ranked as the number 71 player in the class of 2020 by Inside Lacrosse. Pecora stands at 5’10 220lb and with a wide frame. He has very quick hands and can steal some of those inside shots that look like sure finishers. He is especially good at saving those low shots as he can track that ball and read a shooter very well. Pecora is currently considering Duke, Notre Dame, Brown, Princeton, and Michigan. 

No. 77 Ross Burgmaster, D, Auburn (NY)/SweetLax – 2020

Ross Burgmaster is a 4-star and the number 77  ranked player in the country by Inside Lacrosse. Burgmaster committed to Albany back in 2016 before the rule change. Burgmaster decommitted from Albany back in September. Buegmaster isn’t the biggest defenseman at 5’10 185 but he is very strong and is able to lockdown his opponent. Burgmaster is a great off-ball defender as he is great at timing slides and recovering as well. Ross Burgmaster has two brothers, Jack, who graduated from Albany last year, and Alex who is a junior at Albany.

No. 97 Chris Tsetsekos, FO, Haveford School (PA)/Rising Sons

Currently the number 97 ranked player in the class of 2020 by Inside Lacrosse, Tsetsekos is very tough, strong, and athletic player. He has quick hands as he can win the draw and push out to start the fast break. He is a big threat when he is able to jump start that offense.

No. 100 Zach Phillips, G, Hill School (PA)/Thunder LB3 – 2020

The Hill School (PA)/Thunder LB3 -2020 goalie is ranted as a 4-star and ranked as the 100th player in the 2020 class by Inside Lacrosse. Phillips is a tall and quick goalie, He is has sharp vision and quick hands. Phillips is able to recover very well and save those rebound shots from the outside and right on the crease. He is especially good at grabbing those low saves and can jump post to post to make a save. 


2020 Midfielder Frankel Commits to Hartford

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Everest Academy (ON)/ Evolve Elite – 2020 midfielder Nicholas Frankel has committed to play lacrosse at Hartford. The Colorado Native has transferred to Everest (ON) after his sophomore season.

The 5’9 165LB midfielder is a good 1v1 dodger and is seemingly able to get his hands free and get a shot off. He is very good playing off ball as he is able to find space to be able to get a good look on cage.

Frankel has some crafty stick skills, crispy passes, and is a very crafty shooter. Frankel isn’t just an offensive midfielder as he can be a threat on defense in transition as well. The fact that Frankel can get things done in multiple facets of the game is surely a plus and will help him at the next level.  

Frankel is the first player to commit to Hartford in the 2020 class. Hartford does have 14 players in the class of 2019. How ever, Hartford does have 14 players currently committed in the 2020 class