2015 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft is officially in the books and the Lizards added 12 players to their roster in preparation for the 2015 season.
With their first pick of the draft, 6th overall, the Lizards picked up Shamel Bratton, who played with the Lizards in 2014.
“Shamel was somebody we were set on getting back here. He’s a very athletic two-way midfielder,” said Lizards Head Coach Joe Spallina. Joining Shamel on the field this season will be his twin brother Rhamel, who was picked up in the 12thround. Shamel and Rhamel played together at Huntington High School before they attended University of Virginia, where they were both members of the men’s lacrosse team.
Other notable pickups from the draft include Stephen Peyser and Cody Jamieson.
“We are really excited to get [Peyser] back. He was fighting off some injuries last season and we think he will be ready to go in April” said Spallina. “And Cody Jamieson is a world class talent. He is really looking forward to getting back into the MLL. He is someone with a championship pedigree and a proven scorer.”
Spallina added, “I was really happy with the way the draft broke out for us. We were able to address some needs as well as take some calculated risks with a few players with tremendous upside.”
These 12 new players will join the rest of the Lizards team when training camp kicks off at the end of March. The 2015 season is expected to kick off in early April.
2015 SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT RESULTS
|Shane Sturgis||16th||Attack||Penn State|
|Stephen Peyser||20th||Midfield||Johns Hopkins|
|Lee Coppersmith||22nd||Midfield||Johns Hopkins|
|Max Van Bourgondien||86th||Midfield||Cornell|
|Chris Coppolecchia||After Round 12||Defense||Quinnipiac|
Shamel Bratton (midfield): Played in three games with the Lizards in 2014, had one assist. Twin brother Rhamel also drafted by the Lizards.
Shane Sturgis (attack): Graduated from Penn State in 2014. Led PSU in goals, assists, and points during senior season (33g, 17a, 50 p)
Stephen Peyser (midfield): Played five of six seasons with the Lizards. Played in 11+ games every season with the Lizards. Played in five games with Chesapeake in 2014, scoring two goals and adding two assists
Lee Coppersmith (midfield): Played in one game in 2014 with Florida Launch and three games in 2013 with Boston Cannons. 2013 graduate of Johns Hopkins
Cody Jamieson (attack): Did not play in the MLL in 2014, but played with the Hamilton Nationals from 2011-2013. Scored 26, 25, and 23 points in each season with the Nationals from 2011 until 2013. Scored the game winning goal in overtime in 2009 to help Syracuse defeat Cornell and win the NCAA Championship
Chris Piccirilli (defense): Graduated from Villanova in 2014. Second on the team with .455 shot percentage his senior season, tied for third on team with 17 caused turnovers
Anthony Biscardi (midfield): Played in one and two games with the Ohio Machine during 2012 and 2013 seasons, respectively.
Matt Poskay (midfield): Played eight seasons with Boston Cannons from 2006-2013. 267 career points, .379 career shot percentage
Andrew Casimir (defense): 2011 graduate of Dowling College
Max Van Bourgondien (midfield): Played in one game with the Lizards in 2013 before suffering season-ending injury.
Rhamel Bratton (midfield): 2011 graduate of University of Virginia. Twin brother Shamel also drafted by the Lizards.
Chris Coppolecchia (defense): 2012 graduate of Quinnipiac University. During his junior season, he ranked third on the team in ground balls with 49.