Colton Watkinson – 1st round, 7th overall
Watkinson won three NCAA Division II National Championships during his collegiate career at Limestone (2014, 2015, 2017). The Lt. J.G. Donald McLaughlin Award recipient as the Most Outstanding Midfielder during his senior season, he was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Conference Carolinas honoree. He spent the 2017 Major Series Lacrosse season with the Brooklin Redmen, finishing with 11 points on 10 goals and one assist in 13 regular season games. In the playoffs, he had one goal and two assists in five games.
“Colton was someone that we really looked at from the beginning,” Black Wolves general manager Rich Lisk said. “His name came up on everyone’s list. He stood out in the combine, coming in second in the testing. He is someone that can get up the floor and score and run the floor.”
Anthony Joaquim – 1st round, 8th overall
Joaquim saw action in 62 games during his collegiate career at St. Joseph’s, tied for second-most in program history. He had 26 points on 16 goals and 10 assists to go along with 140 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers. This summer, he played in six games for the Brampton Excelsiors in MSL action, scoring two goals and dishing out one assist. He is a two-time gold medalist with Team Ontario in field lacrosse and a bronze medalist with Team Ontario in box lacrosse.
“He’s very athletic,” Lisk said. “He runs the floor extremely well. He can score and has good hands. He can get up the floor and isn’t afraid to be physical.”
JP Kealey – 1st round, 10th overall
Kealey was a member of the All-NEC Rookie Team while playing collegiately at Robert Morris. This past summer, he had 43 points on 20 goals and 23 assists in 12 games with the Langley Thunder in his Western Lacrosse Association debut. Twice he had a career-best six points on three goals and three assists.
“We knew we wanted to pick up a lefty with this pick and JP had impressed us,” Lisk said. “He’s young, gritty, not afraid to hit and bang and can score.”
Nick Chaykowsky – 2nd round, 17th overall
A member of the Oshawa Outlaws Arena Lacrosse League championship team in 2017, Chaykowsky spent part of the past summer with the Barrie Lakeshores in Junior A, scoring 28 points on 17 goals and 11 assists in 11 games before being traded to the New Westminster Salmonbellies. With New Westminster, he had 15 points on eight goals and seven assists in four games. Collegiately, Chaykowsky played at Nipissing University.
“He fits the mold of a kid that can play up front but also has the athletic ability to play out the back, like a younger version of Brett Bucktooth,” Lisk said. “This is a guy who is an offensive guy that can play in transition so it adds a different dynamic.”
Larken Kemp – 3rd round, 27th overall
A native of Greenwich, Conn., Kemp was a three-time All-American while at Brown. His 56 career points on 26 goals and 30 assists ranked second nationally in long pole scoring while his 119 career caused turnovers ranks seventh in NCAA history. This past summer, he played in four regular season games for the Denver Outlaws in Major League Lacrosse, recording one assist and 11 ground balls.
“Larken is a field player who expressed high interest in the indoor game,” said Lisk. “He was extremely good on loose balls in college. He has a great lacrosse IQ, we’re going to work on his indoor IQ.”
Nick Mariano – 4th round, 37th overall
A two-time All-American at Syracuse, Mariano led the Orange in goals with 34 while also dishing out 16 assists in his final collegiate campaign. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at UMass, where he was the CAA and NEILA Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-CAA honoree before transferring. Drafted fourth overall in the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft, Mariano had 20 points on 16 goals and four assists in nine games for the Florida Launch this past summer.
“Nick is a very athletic lefty who reminded us of young Brodie Merrill,” Lisk said. “He can push the ball and get loose balls.”
Matt Rambo – 5th round, 46th overall
The 2017 Tewaaraton Award winner, Rambo closed out his career at Maryland as the career points (257) and goals (155) leader while also winning a National Championship in his senior season. The 2017 Enners Award winner as the Nation’s Most Outstanding Player, Rambo was the Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and a three-time All-American during his career with the Terrapins. He was selected third overall in the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft by the Charlotte Hounds.
“He really fits the box mold, we think,” said Lisk. “He’s not ready to play yet but we are really excited to see where that goes. He had success at the collegiate level and his skills will translate well to the box game.”
Cam Milligan – 6th round, 54th overall
In his senior season at Vermont, Milligan led the Catamounts with 44 points on 22 goals and 22 assists. A two-time America East All-Conference selection, he wrapped up his career at Vermont with 170 points on 84 goals and 86 assists.
“He is a dynamic right hander who has good experience,” said Lisk. “That is one of our deepest position, but he is going to come in and compete for a spot in camp.”