Maryland's Connor Kelly, Hopkins' Joel Tinney taken in top five of Major League Lacrosse draft

The top player on men's college lacrosse's top-ranked team didn't wait long to hear his name called in Wednesday's Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.

Maryland star Connor Kelly was taken No. 2 overall by the Atlanta Blaze, behind only Denver faceoff specialist and Boston Cannons pick Trevor Baptiste. After an All-America season as a junior during the Terps' run to the national championship, the midfielder-attackman has established himself as a Tewaaraton Award favorite through No. 1 Maryland's first 11 games, posting 32 goals and 28 assists.


The New York Lizards took Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Joel Tinney at No. 5 overall. Also an All-American in 2017, Tinney has eight straight multipoint games this season and ranks third on the No. 7 Blue Jays in points (37), is tied for first in assists (24) and is fifth in goals (13).

In all, seven other players from local Division I programs were taken: Maryland midfielder Tim Rotanz (Charlotte Hounds, No. 12 overall), defender Bryce Young (Ohio Machine, No. 15), midfielder Adam DiMillo (Charlotte, No. 48) and goalkeeper Dan Morris (New York, No. 50); Johns Hopkins attackman Shack Stanwick (Chesapeake Bayhawks, No. 49) and faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland (Dallas Rattlers, No. 63); and Loyola Maryland defenseman Foster Huggins (Denver Outlaws, No. 25).


With the No. 6 overall pick, the Bayhawks took Denver long-stick midfielder Sean Mayle. Chesapeake also drafted Vermont midfielder Ian MacKay, Georgetown short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Hursey and Salisbury defenseman Kyle Tucker.

In announcing its 25-man roster on Tuesday night, the Chesapeake Bayhawks revealed that standout defenseman Michael Evans was retiring following a stellar nine-year career.

Round 1 Selections

1. Boston: Trevor Baptiste, FO, Denver

2. Atlanta: Connor Kelly, M, Maryland

3. Charlotte: Connor Fields, A, Albany

4. Dallas (from Chesapeake): Ben Reeves, A, Yale

5. New York: Joel Tinney, M, Johns Hopkins

6. Chesapeake (from Dallas): Sean Mayle, LSM, Denver

7. Florida: Jules Heningburg, A, Rutgers

8. Denver: Connor Keating, LSM, Penn

9. Ohio: Justin Guterding, A, Duke

Round 2 Selections


10. Atlanta: Kyle McClancy, M, Albany

11. Florida: Tyler Warner, M, Yale

12. Charlotte: Tim Rotanz, M, Maryland

13. Chesapeake: Ian MacKay, M, Vermont

14. Charlotte: Ben Randall, D, Ohio State

15. Ohio (from Dallas): Bryce Young, D, Maryland

16. Florida: Michael Rexrode, D, Rutgers

17. Denver: Peter Conley, M, Duke

18. Dallas (from Ohio): John Sexton, LSM, Notre Dame

Round 3 Selections

19. Boston: Will Sands, A, Bucknell

20. Atlanta: Austin Sims, M, Princeton

21. Charlotte: Morgan Cheek, A, Harvard

22. Ohio: Christian Mazzone, M, Rutgers

23. Dallas (from Ohio): Chris Keating, D, Yale

24. Florida: Jake Miller, D, Brown

25. Denver: Foster Huggins, D, Loyola Maryland

26. Boston: Tom Kennedy, M, Bryant

27. New York: Troy Reh, D, Albany

Round 4 Selections

28. Charlotte: Scott Hooper, D, Virginia

29. Denver: Chris Cloutier, A, North Carolina

30. Charlotte: Noak Rak, FO, Massachusetts

31. Ohio: Kenny Massa, FO, Bryant

32. Atlanta: Christian Cuccinello, A, Villanova

33. Dallas: Jordan Dowiak, M, Cornell

34. Florida: Jack Concannon, G, Hofstra

35. Denver: Chase Young, M, Michigan

36. Ohio: Carlson Milikin, M, Notre Dame

Despite being located near one of the meccas of the sport, close to Baltimore, the professional game hasn’t caught on strongly even though the Chesapeake Bayhawks are one of the league’s flagship franchises having won an unprecedented five championships. But Kelly said he has seen a turning point.

Round 5 Selections

37. Dallas: Sean O'Brien, M, Bucknell

38. Atlanta: Griffin Feiner, M, Hartford

39. Charlotte: Jason Alessi, M, Yale

40. Atlanta: Hunter Forbes, FO, Jacksonville

41. New York: Conor Mackie, FO, Yale

42. Chesapeake: Ryan Hursey, M, Georgetown

43. Florida: Greg Weyl, D, Mercyhurst

44. Denver: Matt Gilray, LSM, Bucknell

45. Ohio: Zach Bryant, D, Robert Morris

Round 6 Selections

46. Boston: Kevin McGeary, A, Penn

47. Atlanta: Erik Evans, D, Ohio State

48. Charlotte: Adam DiMillo, M, Maryland

49. Chesapeake: Shack Stanwick, A, Johns Hopkins

50. New York: Dan Morris, G, Maryland

51. Atlanta: Will McBride, M, North Carolina

52. Florida: Ryan Beville, M, Jacksonville

53. Denver: Connor O'Hara, A, Bucknell

54. Ohio: Ryan Keenan, M, Penn State

Round 7 Selections

55. Boston: Anthony Johnson, D, Bryant

56. Atlanta: Jack Korzelius, M, Dartmouth

57. Charlotte: James Barclay, D, Providence

58. Chesapeake: Kyle Tucker, D, Salisbury

59. New York: Justin Reh, A, Albany

60. Dallas: McLean Chicquen, M, Jacksonville

61. Florida: Jerry O'Connor, D, Yale

62. Denver: Bryce Wasserman, A, Monmouth

63. Dallas: Hunter Moreland, FO, Johns Hopkins

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