Landon Trout, here with Team USBOXLA in 2016, went first overall in the OCBLL Draft (Photo: Sherri Thomson)
Last week, the Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL) conducted their first-ever player combine and draft, with Bellarmine University midfielder and former Team USBOXLA forward Landon Trout drafted first overall by the Aviators.
Trout, who recently completed his freshmen season with the Knights (12 goals, 4 assists), is a Resolute Lacrosse product that also led U18 Team USBOXLA in scoring during the 2016 #bctour in Vancouver.
“First and foremost, Landon is just a fantastic kid,” said Resolute Founder and Coach, Greg Bice. “He’s a fierce competitor. He’s easily the best offensive box player to ever come out of our program.
“Funny story about Landon; he didn’t make our program the first couple of years. He worked really, really hard. He totally bought into box lacrosse, and his game improved so, so much. He was probably the first kid we had that said, ‘I want to be a really good box lacrosse player.’ He put in time and worked, and worked, and worked.”
In addition to Bellarmine, six other NCAA DI programs saw their athletes taken in this year’s OCBLL Draft: Ohio State (7), Cleveland State (5), Robert Morris (2), Denver (1), Hartford (1) and Lehigh (1).
The OCBLL Draft consisted of eight rounds, while league coaches further filled out their rosters by adding additional players at the conclusion of the day’s draft.
The National Collegiate Box Series (NCBS) Ohio-based league begins its inaugural regular season on June 12 at the Gilmour Academy Arena. The league will showcase four teams – Aviators, Rivermen, Stags and Walleyes – in both Columbus and Cleveland over the next two months.
Below, check out this year’s OCBLL full draft results, along with complete team rosters heading into the season. Plus, click here to see this year’s collegiate regular season schedules and stats for both the Ohio and Colorado NCBS leagues.
|2||1||Rivermen||Jack Jasinski||Forward||Ohio State|
|3||1||Walleyes||Michael Wilson||Forward||Cleveland State|
|4||1||Stags||Connor O'Brien||Forward||Wheeling Jesuit|
|5||2||Stags||Zach Whitenack||Defence||Cleveland State|
|7||2||Rivermen||Nick Musci||Forward||Ohio State|
|8||2||Aviators||Hunter Barco||Forward||Ohio State|
|10||3||Walleyes||Jason Sullivan||Forward||Cleveland State|
|11||3||Stags||Austin Popovich||Forward||Robert Morris|
|13||4||Walleyes||Collin Mitchell||Forward||Seton Hill|
|16||4||Rivermen||Logan Maccani||Defence||Ohio State|
|17||5||Stags||Jed Manning||Defence||Ohio State|
|18||5||Aviators||Skylar Whalund||Defence||Ohio State|
|19||5||Rivermen||Matt Huizenga||Goalie||Ohio Northen|
|22||6||Rivermen||Colby Barker||Forward||Ohio State|
|23||6||Walleyes||Jared Stepka||Forward||Cleveland State|
|25||7||Rivermen||David St. Clair||Defence||Seton Hill|
|26||7||Walleyes||Nate Menendez||Forward||Cleveland State|
|28||7||Aviators||Cliff Kigar||Forward||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|31||8||Aviators||Evan Hellmich||Defence||Robert Morris|
Goalie: Phillip Elliott
Defense: Dylan Comella, Evan Hallmich, Robert Humphries, Carter Kistler, Keegan Logsdon, Bo Lori, Rob Serafin, Skylar Wahlund, Zach Whaley and Johnny Wiseman
Forwards: Hunter Barco, Tristan Copeland, Eli Dandenault, CJ Hughes, Griffin Hughes, Wills Hutras, Cliff Kigar, Otis Klingbeuil and Landon Trout
Head Coach: Dominique Alexander
Goalie: Matt Huizenga
Defense: Chris DiMarco, Mike Doud, Logan Maccani, Connor Ryan, Jeff Sands, David St. Clair and Ryan Stein
Forwards: Chase Baker, Colby Barker, Roman Bellisari, Matthew Blevins, Vittorrio Cancila, Noah Gleeson, Chris Haimbaugh, Jack Hannah, Troy Hootman, Jack Jasinksi, Bryce Keaton and Nick Musci
Head Coach: Dan Hardy
Goalies: Fin Anderson and Christopher Reynolds
Defense: Sheldon Andrews, Brandon Barker, Sam Camacho, Max Elliot, Sam Hixon, Jacob Humphreys, Jed Manning, Jackson Pfister, Cullen Sowder and Zach Whitenack
Forwards: Omari DeBerry, Shawn Ewert, Cole Jaquith, Stephen Massi, Eric NeCamp, Connor O’Brien, Austin Popovich and AJ Van Voorhis
Head Coach: Tyler Pfister
Goalie: Parker Hylton
Defense: Nathan Brunner, Gage Johnson, Trent Maendler Cade Salyers and Trent Thomas
Forwards: Otto Bohan, Andrew Boniface, Jake Cieszynski, Crew Cintron, Alex Hoyen, Zachary Kasson, Mark McGinley, Collin Mitchell, Nate Menendez, Brett Sooy, Jared Stepka, Jason Sullivan, Luke Waddling and Michael Wilson
Head Coach: Steve Gartelman