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Quick Take – Atlanta Blaze’s 2017 Collegiate Draft

May 28, 2017
Kennesaw – The 2017 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft took place Sunday afternoon in Foxboro, MA, a mere 24 hours before college lacrosse’s division I men’s national champion is crowned in Gillette Stadium. The event, hosted in conjunction with the NCAA Championships, took place at Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill and drew appearances from college superstars such as Sergio Perkovic and 2016 Tewaaraton Winner Dylan Molloy.

            Despite dropping three of their first four games, the Atlanta Blaze are far from out of playoff contention and looked to the collegiate draft to add to an already talented roster of young players. General Manager Spencer Ford and Coach Dave Huntley were methodical in their draft selections, looking to fill immediate and future needs alike from one of the deepest pools of players in recent years. All the players selected have the potential to enter the 19-man lineup straightaway and will be critical in helping the Blaze make their playoff push in June and July.  

Round 1, 9th Pick: Jake Withers, Faceoff, Ohio State University

Round 2, 18th Pick: Garrett Epple, Defense, Notre Dame University

Round 3, 20th Pick: Christian Burgdorf, Defense, Denver University

Round 3, 21st Pick: Adam Osika, Midfield, University of Albany

Round 4, 36th Pick: Tate Jozokos, Midfield, University of North Carolina

Round 6, 47th Pick: Tom Moore, Midfield, Binghamton University

Round 9, 74th Pick: Brian Masi, Midfield, Sacred Heart University

Round 10, 83rd Pick: Connor Hanson, Goalie, Kennesaw State University

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About Fifth Third Bank Stadium                                                    

Fifth Third Bank Stadium is an 8,300-seat state-of-the-art stadium built in 2010 in partnership with the former Women’s Professional Soccer team Atlanta Beat, designed to showcase a variety of events. It has hosted Major League Soccer, KSU Soccer and Lacrosse, the Southern Lacrosse Showdown, NCAA Women’s College Cup, concerts  and music festivals. Situated within a beautiful 88-acre KSU Sports and Recreation Park, the facility is conveniently located just one mile from both I-75 and I-575 in Cobb County, which is often referred to as Atlanta’s      sweet spot.                                                    

About Atlanta Blaze                                                     

The Atlanta Blaze, Major League Lacrosse’s newest franchise kicked off their inaugural season in Kennesaw, GA on April 23, 2016. The Atlanta Blaze call Kennesaw State University’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Cobb County, Georgia home. Single Game and Season Tickets are currently on sale. To purchase tickets and for more information call 855-44-BLAZE or visit AtlantaBlaze.com                                                    
                                                  
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