Machine Keeps Dealing, Acquires All-Star Hartzell in Trade With Bayhawks
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Machine, which begins its inaugural season in Major League Lacrosse in May 2012, announced Wednesday a trade with the Chesapeake Bayhawks for 2010 MLL Championship Weekend MVP Kyle Hartzell and the second round MLL Supplemental Draft pick (13th overall). In exchange, the Bayhawks receive the Machine's seventh round MLL Expansion Draft pick (13th overall).
Hartzell joined the Bayhawks in 2009, where he has been a standout part of the team. Contributing defensively for three seasons, Hartzell tallied 76 ground balls and shut out many star midfielders. The All-Star was also named the MVP for the 2010 MLL Championship game, which was the first time a defenseman ever received the honor. Prior to the Bayhawks, Hartzell played for San Francisco in 2008.
"Anytime you have the opportunity to trade for a MLL Championship Weekend MVP, you have to make that move," said President and GM John Algie. "Kyle will inject an incredible amount of athleticism and versatility into the Machine defense."
Hartzell was drafted by San Francisco after a standout college tenure at Salisbury State University (SSU) where he won two NCAA Division III National Championships, was selected First Team and Third Team All-American and All-League and named SSU 2007 Most Valuable Defenseman. Hartzell also played at Community College Baltimore County – Essex where he won two NJCAA National Championships during his 2004 and 2005 seasons.
"Kyle has been a valuable member of the Bayhawks franchise and we thank him for his contributions," new Chesapeake Bayhawks general manager Brian Reese said. "We felt that this trade was a way to get a pick in the Expansion Draft to get a player that could help us. We felt that Kyle would have been selected in the Expansion draft and this was a way to get something of value in return."
Earlier Wednesday, the Machine made a trade with the Boston Cannons involving draft picks. The Machine received the Cannons' first round MLL Collegiate Draft pick (8th overall). In exchange, the Cannons received the Machine's second round MLL Collegiate Draft pick (15th overall) and sixth round MLL Expansion Draft pick (11th overall).
The Machine had recently acquired that second round MLL Collegiate Draft pick in a trade with the Rochester Rattlers, which also brought to the Machine Ohio State alums Greg Bice, Anthony Kelly and Stefan Schroder, as well as MLL veteran Brett Garber. In return, the Machine had traded their first round (1st overall) and 13th round (25th overall) MLL Expansion Draft picks and their second round (10th overall) and third round (18th overall) MLL Collegiate Draft picks to Rochester.
"This is a notable move for us because it gives us two picks in the top eight of the upcoming collegiate draft," Algie said. "We have the opportunity to select two of the next great MLL stars who can be impact players for us in seasons to come."
The Machine will have more opportunities to acquire players during the MLL Expansion Draft on December 7, the MLL Supplemental Draft on December 14 and the MLL Collegiate Draft on January 13.
In advance of Wednesday's noon deadline for protected rosters ahead of the expansion draft, there was much activity on the trade front:
The Long Island Lizards traded midfielder Peter Mezzanotte and the 44th overall selection in the 2012 collegiate draft to the Denver Outlaws for midfielder Kevin Unterstein.
The Charlotte Hounds acquired defenseman Ryan Flanagan, a North Carolina alum, from the Hamilton Nationals in exchange for their 4th round selection (8th overall) in the expansion draft and the 6th round selection (42nd overall) in the supplemental draft.
The Lizards also traded attackman Jay Card to the Rochester Rattlers in exchange for the 18th pick in the 2012 collegiate draft.
The Boston Cannons traded defenseman John Lade to the Rochester Rattlers in exchange for the 19th overall selection in the 2012 collegiate draft.