By Samantha Roman | 1/14/12 5:00 PM
Philadelphia, Pa. — Prior to the beginning of the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft, the Denver Outlaws traded midfielder Max Seibald to Long Island for midfielder Christian Pastrik, Long Island’s fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft and its fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft. The Outlaws used that fourth overall choice to select attackman Mark Matthews from the University of Denver. In 2011, Matthews led DU with 70 points and was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year.
"We came in with some needs and feel like we fulfilled them," General Manager Tony Seaman said. "We are very excited about Matthews and his potential in the MLL. It would be great to have a local player moving on to play professionally."
The team used its second first round pick (6th overall) on midfielder Colin Briggs from the University of Virginia. Briggs was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and scored five goals in the NCAA final, which the Cavaliers won. In the second round, with the 14th overall pick, the Outlaws selected Harvard midfielderKevin Vaughan. The All-Ivy League captain snagged 51 ground balls and netted 19 goals last season.
In the fourth round, the Outlaws selected defenseman Tom Celentani from Massachusetts with the 30th overall pick. Celentani, a second-year starter on close defense in 2011, had 32 groundballs and caused 18 turnovers. In the fifth round, Denver selected Steve Serling, a midfielder from Hofstra. Serling was drafted by the Outlaws in 2011, but was injured early in the 2011 season and ended up staying at Hofstra with a redshirt season. Serling played as an undergraduate at Lafayette, where he scored 72 goals with 24 assists.
With the fourth selection in the sixth round, the Outlaws picked up faceoff man in Stephen Robarge from Virginia Military Institute. Robarge averaged 10.5 ground balls per game, which ranks eighth in NCAA history. Denver’s sixth pick of the night was used on Princeton defenseman John Cunningham. The second team All-Ivy captain picked up 29 ground balls in 2011and caused 40 turnovers in his collegiate career.
The Outlaws used their seventh selection (54th overall) to draft goalie Charlie Cipriano from Fairfield. Cipriano saved 57% of shots during his career and was named the ECAC Keeper of the Year in 2011. With their last selection in the eighth round, Denver picked up Shayne Jackson, an attackman from Limestone College.
Season tickets for the Denver Outlaws are now available and include seven home games plus the Mile High Classic NCAA doubleheader (Virginia vs. Pennsylvania and Duke vs. Denver) on April 27. Call 303-OUTLAWS to place your order.