Bayhawks take Terps' Jesse Bernhardt, K. Cooper with first 2 picks in MLL draft

Dave Cottle had a very successful nine-year run as the head coach of the Maryland men's lacrosse team. During Friday night's Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, the connections between the Chesapeake Bayhawks coach and his former squad were on full display.

With their first two picks in the draft, the Bayhawks selected Maryland players, taking long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt in the first round (No. 4 overall) and midfielder Kevin Cooper (Archbishop Spalding) in the second round at No. 16 overall.


Bernhardt is the first Terp drafted in the first round since Joe Cinosky was taken ninth in 2008, and the highest-drafted Maryland player since Joe Walters went first overall to the Rochester Rattlers in 2006. A record-tying five Terps would have their names called by the end of the night.

Immediately after the Bernhardt pick was announced, analyst Quint Kessenich echoed recent speculation that Bernhardt might enroll at Penn State and use his fifth year of eligibility to play football in 2013. As a linebacker at Lake Brantley High in Florida, Bernhardt was the Defensive Most Valuable Player, leading the team with 10 tackles per game as a senior and earning all-conference honorable mention. His father, Jim, joined the Nittany Lions last year as special assistant to coach Bill O'Brien and director of player development.


The addition of Bernhardt -- whether it's in 2013 or 2014 -- will help the aging defense of the defending league champions. A USILA second-team All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, he ranked 14th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (1.83).

Cooper, meanwhile, tied for fifth on the Terps last season with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists).

The Bayhawks originally had the eighth pick in the draft but made a trade with the Charlotte Hounds to move up. In another pre-draft deal, the Bayhawks landed attackman Jay Card from the Rochester Rattlers for Chesapeake's eighth-round pick. Card has played two MLL seasons.

With their fourth-round pick (No. 32 overall), the Bayhawks selected Delaware midfielder Dom Sebastiani, described by Kessenich as a "freakish athlete." Three picks later, Chesapeake took Hofstra attackman Adrian Sorichetti, billed by Kessenich as a "brilliant shooter."

The Bayhawks traded the No. 40 overall pick (fifth round) to the Rattlers in return for their fifth-round pick in the 2014 Collegiate Draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 Supplemental Draft. To end their evening, the Bayhawks dealt the No. 56 pick (seventh round), this one to the New York Lizards, for a seventh-round selection in the 2014 Collegiate Draft.

With the first overall pick, the Ohio Machine selected Colgate attackman Peter Baum, the reigning Tewaaraton Award winner as the top college player.

In the first round, three other Baltimore-area players were taken -- Johns Hopkins defenseman Tucker Durkin went to the Hounds at No. 3, Loyola midfielder Josh Hawkins was picked by the Hamilton Nationals two spots later and hard-shooting Greyhounds attackman Mike Sawyer was selected by the Hounds at No. 8.

In a notable move, the Nationals took Duke defenseman Casey Carroll at No. 18; Carroll is returning to the Blue Devils this season for his final year of eligibility after spending the past five years as an Army Ranger.


Considering that it was a weak goalie class, one interesting omission was Johns Hopkins goaltender Pierce Bassett, who was a USILA honorable mention All-American last season and a second-team All-American in 2011. Only two goalies were drafted Friday: Notre Dame's John Kemp (No. 25 to Rochester) and Bucknell's Kyle Feeney (No. 59 to Charlotte).

The MLL website has a full list of picks. Other Baltimore-area players drafted:

Loyola long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff -- Round 2, No. 9 overall to Boston
North Carolina attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) -- No. 12 to Ohio
Maryland midfielder John Haus -- No. 15 to Hamilton
Johns Hopkins midfielder John Ranagan -- Round 3, No. 17 to Rochester
Loyola midfielder Davis Butts -- No. 19 to Denver
Salisbury midfielder Ryan Clarke -- No. 20 to Rochester
Johns Hopkins midfielder Lee Coppersmith -- No. 22 to Boston
Maryland midfielder Landon Carr -- No. 23 to Denver
Maryland attackman Owen Blye -- No. 24 to Charlotte
Loyola defenseman Reid Acton -- Round 4, No. 26 to Hamilton
Johns Hopkins faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton -- Round 5, No. 34 overall to Hamilton
Mount St. Mary's attackman Brett Schmidt (St. Mary's Ryken) -- No. 38 to Rochester
Johns Hopkins attackman Zach Palmer -- Round 8, No. 60 to Rochester