Busy MLL Offseason Continues; Cummings Dealt
Some notable transactions went down Thursday in Major League Lacrosse. A quick recap:
Bayhawks Acquire Cummings from Rochester
The Chesapeake Bayhawks acquired the rights to Maryland senior attackman Joe Cummings and a conditional third-round pick in the 2013 collegiate draft pick from the Rochester Knighthawks in exchange for short-stick defensive midfielder and faceoff wing guy Steve DeNapoli.
Cummings will be reunited with Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle, who recruited Cummings to the Terps during Cottle's tenure in College Park.
DeNapoli played in five games for Chesapeake last season and coming out of college at Hofstra last season was considered one of the top short stick d-middies in the country.
The Rattlers lost their SSDM from last season, Dan Groot, to the Ohio Machine in December's expansion draft. Rochester drafted defensive midfielder Kevin Drew from Syracuse in the second round of the collegiate draft, but should the Orange go deep into the NCAA postseason, Rochester didn't want to be without a player at the key position from when MLL season begins the last week in April to whenever Syracuse's season ends and Drew would become eligible to play in the pros.
"There's still a window in the beginning of the season where we won't have a lot of depth at that position," Rattlers head coach Tim Soudan said. "Steven is definitely someone who can come in and fill that hole for us in the beginning of the season."
The move makes sense for the Bayhawks, too, putting Cummings, a Baltimore area native, close to where he played in high school (Loyola-Blakefield) and college.
Lizards Get Shanahan
Also Thursday, the Long Island Lizards acquired Long Island native and 2001 Tewaaraton Award winner Doug Shanahan from the Charlotte Hounds for a future seventh-round draft pick.
The 37-year-old Shanahan, whose number 26 is retired in the Sachem (N.Y.) school district and at Hofstra, played for the U.S. men's national training team at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event.