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The 2011 Minto Cup Champion Whitby Warriors had six graduating players drafted Saturday in the 2012 Major Series Lacrosse draft. Mark Matthews and John Lafontaine were protected by the Brooklin Redmen prior to the draft (per league rules only 2 Junior affiliated graduating players are permitted to be protected). Shayne Jackson went 1st overall, and was drafted by the Ajax Rock. With three of the next four picks in the first round, Brooklin drafted Nick Diachenko, Adrian Sorichetti, and goaltender Zack Higgins. The Redmen also later drafted Steve Fryer, capturing both goaltenders from last season’s thrilling Minto Cup final. Orangeville’s Craig England went 3rd overall to the Rock as well. Brampton’s Kyle Davis and Bulrington’s Josh Ruys rouned out the 1st round selections going to Ajax and Brooklin respectively.
The first round consisted of seven picks, Brooklin having a pick from the now defunct St. Regis team in a prior trade. Some wheeling and dealing on draft day, along with trades in previous years allowed Brooklin and Ajax to own the first round. Four of the first seven picks were owned by the Redmen, with the Rock holding the other three.
LITG was there to capture all of the selections and trades and that list can be found here in an earlier post.
Other news for the meeting was a new setup for the league; consisting of two divisions. There will now be an East and West division. The East will consist of Peterborough, Ajax, and Brooklin, while the West will hold KW, Brampton, and Six Nations. The teams will play a 14 game regular season. A double home and home wil lbe played within the division, with a single home and home being played against teams in the other division.
All Star Game
The league will also play an All-Star Game in 2012. Fittingly, the great fans in Peterborough will be entertained this coming Summer, seeing the best the MSL has to offer. The 2011 Lakers will take the floor against the best of the rest of the league. The game time and date is to be determined. More info will be forthcoming.
Check out LITG or www.majorserieslacrosse.com for more news.
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