5/30/13 12:23 PM
The Cannons' top three draft picks from the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft have been activated for tomorrow's game in Denver against the Outlaws. The newest acquisitions will look to provide the spark the Cannons need to knock off undefeated Denver.
University of Denver senior captain Cameron Flint, a 5'11'' midfielder from Ontario, Canada, was the Cannons' first selection at number six overall. His collegiate career ended last Saturday with a 9-8 loss to top-seeded Syracuse in the semifinal of the NCAA Division I National Tournament. Leading the Pioneers to the NCAA Final Four and a final-season #4 ranking, Flint was named a First Team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), becoming the first Denver player to win First Team recognition. The four year starter was potent on offense, recording more than 50 points this season.
Loyola University Maryland senior Scott Ratliff, a 6'0'' long stick midfielder from Marietta, Georgia, was the Cannons' second pick at number nine overall. The two-time co-captain earned the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the ECAC in caused turnovers. He finished the season with 30 caused turnovers, the seventh highest total in the nation. His efforts earned him a USILA Second Team All-American nod, which is the first such honor for a player from Georgia. Ratliff is a threat on the offensive end as well, holding the school record for most goals in a season by a long-pole with 14.
University of Massachusetts senior Will Manny, a 5'9'' attackman from Massapequa, New York, was the Cannons' third pick at number fourteen overall. Manny was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Second Team, despite suffering a broken thumb during the first game of the 2013 campaign. Following a five-game absence, Manny still managed to record 34 points on 14 goals and 20 assists through 10 games. He broke 200 career points in his final collegiate game, a loss to Penn State in the CAA Tournament semifinal. Prior to his thumb injury, he was dubbed the CAA Preseason Player of the Year and the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Preseason Player of the Year.
Already posting minutes for the Cannons is their 54th pick, long-stick defenseman Brendan Buckley, a 6'1'' Army graduate. He debuted for Boston against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on May 18 collecting one ground ball. The Massapequa native will be called on again in Denver as the Cannons lost long-pole defenders PT Ricci to the Injured Reserve list and Ryan Nizolek to a one-game suspension. Buckley was the 2013 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and won First Team All-Patriot League honors for the second year in a row. He is a two-time USILA Scholar All-American and was given the 2013 Senior CLASS award, a recognition voted on by Division I men's lacrosse coaches, national lacrosse media, and fans. Each year, it is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I lacrosse. The tri-captain garnered a 3.987 grade point average and an engineering management degree while at West Point.