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Chesapeake Takes Locals, Kimmel and Carroll, in First Round

March 17, 2016

Chesapeake Takes Locals, Kimmel and Carroll, in First Round

Caitlain Kelley

Its finally draft day and the Bayhawks had the second and sixth pick of the first round with nine selections overall. They were very excited for the opportunity to bring some great, fresh players into the Bayhawks’ lineup (especially since the draftees beat Team USA 12-11).

With the number two selection overall, the Chesapeake Bayhawks drafted Michael Kimmel, midfielder from Johns Hopkins. He had an impressive collegiate career with 30 or more points each year he played, and even recorded a goal against Team USA today in the Warrior Major League Lacrosse Challenge. It was no surprise for Kimmel that the Bayhawks took him second, he said “[Bayhawks General Manager] Spencer Ford coached at Loyola and said they would pick me if I was available as the second pick.”

“I’m from Baltimore so it’s a perfect fit,” said Kimmel. “The Major League Lacrosse rules are different and more fun; I’m excited to play with Michael Evans again [played at Johns Hopkins] and Ben Rubeor [played at Loyola High School].”

The Bayhawks were the only team with two picks in the first round. They chose to grab two midfielders and went with Brian Carroll as the sixth selection. Kimmel had indicated he the midfielder from University of Virginia may be a target of the Chesapeake coaching staff and he was right. Carroll said he had talked to Ford prior to the draft and had been told he could be chosen if he was still around at number six, but Carroll wasn’t sure they would pick two midfielders in the first round.

“I was told before, but I didn’t know; I was hoping for it,” said Carroll. Like Kimmel, Carol is from the Baltimore area and is excited to return home to play professional lacrosse. “At Virginia we scrimmaged Team USA so I had a chance to learn the rules then… the two-point line is cool and no horn makes the game much more free flowing,” said Carroll. “It’s more of a middie game.”

As the 15 thoverall pick in this year’s draft, the Bayhawks chose Chris Daniello, attackman from Syracuse. Daniello had 28 goals this season with the Orange. He had absolutely no idea he would be picked by the Bayhawks, but Daniello said, “I’m definitely excited, I was open to going anywhere but I’m excited to have a chance to play with Matt Abbott again.”

The Bayhawks selected Kyle Wimer, midfielder from UMBC, as the 19 thpick. Bayhawks leading scorer, Peet Poillon, played with Wimer in college; Wimer is excited about the chance to meet back up with Poillon and be able to play together again. “I wasn’t thinking of any specific team I wanted to go to, I just wanted the opportunity to play,” said Wimer. “I’m excited to compete for a spot on the team.”

The first four selections for the Bayhawks consisted of three midfielders and an attack, but Chesapeake’s team officials do not feel it’s any signal that they are without any need on defense. “The chemistry we have is great and it’s something we’re experimenting with.” Kimmel and Carroll were chosen by the Bayhawks because “they’re both athletic, know the game in terms of strategy and awareness and have great character,” said Jamie McNealey, Assistant Coach of Chesapeake.

The Bayhawks continued to choose Brian Phipps, goaltender from Maryland, as the 23 rdoverall selection in this years draft. Phipps is from Annapolis and had a great college career—boasting an 8.20 goals allowed average. Chesapeake proceeded to pick immediately after and made Michael Jarvis, defenseman from North Carolina, a Bayhawk. In the sixth round, they chose defenseman Sam DeVore of Johns Hopkins. As the 38 thoverall pick of this year’s draft, Brown attackman Thomas Muldoon was selected by Chesapeake. Adding another attackman as the 44 thoverall pick, the Chesapeake completed this year’s draft with Cooper MacDonnell from Loyola.

With so many additions be sure to turn into the Chesapeake Bayhawks game Saturday, June 12 thin Toronto, where the Bayhawks may change up their starting lineup. Look for midfielders Kimmel, Carroll or Wimer; attackmen Daniello, Muldoon or Cooper; defensemen Jarvis or DeVore or goaltender Phipps to make their debut as Major League Lacrosse players.