The Chesapeake Bayhawks have acquired standout Joe Walters (Maryland) in a blockbuster trade with Florida Launch, Major League Lacrosse's newest team, in return for three-time MLL champion Casey Powell.
The Bayhawks also receive the 21st overall selection in the 2014 collegiate draft, while the Launch gets the 10th selection in the collegiate draft and the eighth pick in the 2014 supplemental draft.
Walters is coming off a career year with 48 points and a league-high 26 assists. After a 21-point performance in his rookie year, Walters has averaged 44 points in his last six seasons. His 283 points in 80 games give him 3.54 points per game for his career.
The first overall selection in the 2006 collegiate draft, Walters will be reunited with his former college coach, Dave Cottle. He won back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009 with the Rochester Rattlers and Toronto Nationals, respectively. In 2008, Walters was named MVP of Championship Weekend.
Powell, one of the leading scorers in MLL history, is head coach and director of lacrosse at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Fla.
“We were sad to trade Casey, but with him being a head coach and having his business in Florida, we felt that it was right,” Cottle said. “We were lucky to trade a great player in exchange for another great player in Joe Walters.”
Last month, MLL announced that the Hamilton Nationals have been renamed the Launch and will play in South Florida next season.
New U.S. indoor league announces first franchise
The new United States Lacrosse League has announced that it signed the first franchise in league history, the Maine Moose Trax.
The Moose Trax will play its home games at the 6,733-seat Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
The inaugural 2014 USLL season will consist of a 12-game regular-season schedule (six home and six away) beginning in September and running through December. The league will hold a college draft in May, an All-Star break (Oct. 30-31), and a Championship Weekend (December). Games will be played with six players to a team (five runners and a goalie); each team will have a 23-man roster. Among other rules are a 30-second shot clock and an eight-second limit to advance the ball past midfield after taking possession in the defensive end.
“We are very excited to bring professional box lacrosse to the state of Maine” said Joshua Plowman, the head of the Moose Trax ownership group. “This state has a great lacrosse community that deserves to see this sport played on a professional level with the USLL.
“This has been a dream of mine, and I am excited to see how our community embraces their new team” Plowman added.
Said state league chairman Nick Desrosiers: “This ownership group is not only committed to the growth and longevity of lacrosse but also the growth and longevity of our new league.”
The Division I runner-up Maryland women announced their schedule for 2014, their final season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps will face a difficult road schedule that includes trips to conference rivals Duke (March 1) and North Carolina (April 5). Among other highlights, Maryland will host ACC newcomer Notre Dame (March 15) in addition to Boston College (March 29), Virginia (April 13) and Virginia Tech (April 19) in the regular-season finale. Maryland will scrimmage the U.S. national team in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 25. The Terps travel to UMBC on Feb. 13 to officially begin the season before hosting Richmond on Feb. 16 and Boston University on Feb. 19. ... Inside Lacrosse ranked defending Division I women's champion North Carolina No. 1 in its annual Face-Off Yearbook.