School: Salisbury, '12 Hometown: Canton, NYTwitter: @Bradman12STX, @Ima_Brad_mane12Bradman was selected in the third round of the 2012 MLL Draft by the Long Island Lizards, but decided to play on the LXM Pro Tour instead. At Salisbury, he was named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III 2012 Player of the Year, Capital Athlete Conference 2012 Player of the Year and the only Division III player to be nominated for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award. Bradman finished his senior season with 99 points (71 goals, 28 assists) becoming the first player in Division III history to be named the Championship Games Most Outstanding Player in back-to-back years, while his school won its tenth title; second in a row. Copperheads Head Coach Tom Ryan: “Sam had a remarkable collegiate career at Salisbury and has significant box experience playing for the Akwesasne Indians Junior A team, not to mention the fact that he was recently nominated as 'The Most Interesting Man in Lacrosse' by Connor Wilson of Lacrosse All-Stars.”
School: Hobart, '09 Hometown: Cumberland, RI Twitter: Smalley will bring tenacity and work ethic to the Copperheads, after two seasons with the Boston Blazers (NLL) and the Boston Cannons (MLL). He was a key component during the Cannons' 2011 championship season, where he led the team in ground balls (51). Smalley left Hobart College as it all-time leader in ground balls (263) and named All-Eastern College Athletic Conference Second Team in 2008.
School: Dowling, '08 Hometown: Whitby, Ontario Twitter: Cotter will stun audiences and opponents with his dynamic and aggressive playing style this season with the Copperheads. He recently was with the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League, where he scored 15 goals and 15 assists in 16 games in 2011; he had his best year in the NLL in 2010, when he scored 20 goals and added 14 assists. Cotter concluded his four years at Dowling College with 113 goals which placed him fifth all-time, eighth all-time with 137 total points and fifth all-time with 118 ground balls. In 2008, he led the midfield with 40 points (35 goals, five assists) and was named to the East Coast Conference First Team. Cotter was a three-time All-American (First Team - 2008, Honorable Mention - 2006, 2007).
School: Limestone, '11 Hometown: Waltham, MA Twitter: @Wims19 Wims will add his strength on defense for the Copperheads and will be a formidable force for opponents throughout the team's inaugural season. He was named Limestone College's Mens Athlete of the Year, after leading the team to a 15-2 regular season in 2011. A four-year letter winner and a two-time USILA First-Team All-American (2009, 2011), Wims led the team to a consistent national No. 1 ranking. During his collegiate career, he totaled 101 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers, and over his last three seasons picked up 20-or-more ground balls in each campaign, with a high of 30 in 2008. Wims is also an assistant men's lacrosse coach at Belmont Abbey College.
School: Mars Hill, '11 Hometown: Pickering, Ontario Twitter: Burnett was drafted with the 80th overall pick (16th round) by the Copperheads in the 2011 North American Lacrosse League Draft. He started 14 games in his senior season at Mars Hill, where he was key contributor to the league's top defense (37 ground balls, 33 caused turnovers). Burnett was a 2011 All-Deep South Conference Second Team selection.
School: Limestone, '11 Hometown: Potomac, MD Twitter: @Tlang1241 Langan was selected in the sixth round of the NALL Draft by the Copperheads. At Limestone, he had an impressive senior campaign in 2011. Langan played in all 17 games, scoring 33 goals, finished with 37 points and posted a .667 shots-on-goal percentage. His goal total was second on the team. As a result of his tremendous season, Langan earned a pair of accolades, including a selection to the prestigious North/South All-Star Game and All-Conference Carolinas Second Team honors.
School: Hobart, '11 Hometown: East Haven, CT Twitter: @MPOBrien27 O'Brien was the team captain his senior year at Hobart, but his time in Canada had a large impact on his box game. It gave him an ideal outlet for the physical style he plays - he won’t give up on loosies in the corner and he's willing to throw his body around for checks and screens. O'Brien spent two seasons (2008-2009) in Canada's Junior A Lacrosse with the with Kitchner-Waterloo Braves as a transition specialist and while on the penalty-killing unit. Those two seasons made him a two-time Junior A All-Star, posting a combined 17 points (seven in 2008, ten in 2009).
School: Rochester Institute of Technology, '08 Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario Twitter: Conlon earned an All-American Honorable Mention and was an All-Empire 8 Second Team selection at RIT in 2008. In 41 games, he recorded a slim 7.59 goals against average, which became a new school record. Conlon was also a member of the 2003 under-19 National Canadian team.
School: Le Moyne, '06 Hometown: Niskayuna, NY Twitter: @CraigRosecrans Rosecrans was a four-time letter winner at LeMoyne and finished his more than 50-game career with 60 points (39 goals, 21 assists). Over his four years with the program, Rosecrans helped his team achieve a perfect 40-0 record in North East 10 play, reached the NCAA tournament four times and was victorious in two NCAA DII National Championships. Known for his personable and charismatic personality, Rosecrans was frequently featured on local Syracuse news broadcasts during LeMoyne's undefeated championship run in 2006, for his outstanding play and team leadership.
School: Nazereth, '11 Hometown: Brockport, NY Twitter: @AdamNauerth42 Nauerth joins the Copperheads after three seasons with the Rochester Greywolves of the Can-Am Senior B Lacrosse League. He was nearly a point-per-game performer and was named a league All-Star and in 2010, Nauerth earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors.
School: Michigan, '08 Hometown: St. Clair Shores, MI Twitter: @breknk Kohlitz ended his playing career at Michigan as one of the most honored Wolverines in program history. Kohlitz's ability to win face-offs helped the University of Michigan win a national lacrosse championship in 2008. He compiled over a 70-percent face-off winning percentage over his career and set Michigan records for face-off wins and ground balls. He was a First Team All-American for his final two seasons and the 2008 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Recent Team: Newtown Golden Eagles (Can-Am League) Hometown: Irving, NY Twitter: Stevens played the fast-paced box lacrosse throughout his youth and eventually made his way onto the local Newtown Golden Eagles in the Can-Am League. Stevens made his way to a lacrosse combine in Virginia in December of 2011, where he caught the eye of Head Coach Tom Ryan. Stevens began playing as a toddler on a Seneca tribe reservation in upstate New York, an area known for its rich history and tradition in the sport within the Native American community. Stevens' grandfather, Gilbert Lay, is a local legend in that area by his huge contributions to the game; he has numerous lacrosse arenas and buildings named after him there.
School: Wingate, '01 Hometown: Hicksville, NY Twitter: @Gwatter6 Watterson will be a nice addition of size and strength on the defensive end for the Copperheads during their inaugural season. At Wingate, Watterson was a two-time Deep South All-Conference Defender and a member of the Wingate's All-Time Lacrosse Team. In addition, Watterson was named the John R. Dodd Leadership Award recipient and was a team captain for three years. In 2001, he led his team to a NCAA Division II Final Four appearance. Watterson has also worked with many lacrosse programs in the Charlotte area. In 2005, he was the head coach for the Weddington Middle School's lacrosse team and the defensive coordinator for Wingate's lacrosse program; he continued working with the Bulldogs in 2006. Watterson moved on to work with Team Charlotte in 2007 and 2008. He was also the defensive coordinator at North Mecklenburg High School in 2008 and most recently Lake Norman High School. Watterson also serves as a member on the Board of Charlotte Men's Post Collegiate Club Lacrosse Team.
School: Le Moyne, '09 Hometown: Ithaca, NY Twitter: Relatively new to the box lacrosse, Welch will impress with his ability to pick-off passes and scoop loosies this season with the Copperheads. As a midfielder at Le Moyne, he won a National Championship in 2007 and was honored as a Division II All-American Second Team member in 2009. He ranks in school history eighth in man-up goals (12), 14th in games played (61) and 15th in shots-on-goal (93).
School: Pfeiffer, '01 Hometown: Columbia, MD Twitter: @LeBlancMatt LeBlanc played at Pfeiffer, receiving recognition as a Division II All-American Honorable Mention in 1998. He holds the school record with most saves in a season (329), second all-time game record in saves (41) and third all-time in career saves (579).
School: Gettysburg, '02 Hometown: Rochester, NY Twitter: @MillimanPeter Milliman was a member of the Rochester Rattlers (2003-2008), including the summer when the team captured its first Major League Lacrosse Championship. He played at Gettysburg College, where he was named to the Centennial Conference First Team three times and a three-time All American. He left the school in career points with 232. Milliman finished his career undefeated in conference play with four championships and two appearances in the Division III national championship game (2001, 2002). Milliman recently became an assistant lacrosse coach at Princeton, after four years of being the head coach at Pfeiffer University.
School: Roanoke, '11 Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC Twitter: Burkhead comes to the Copperheads after a year overseas playing lacrosse and earning a master’s degree in business management at Durham University in England. At Roanoke, he was a two-time Division II All-American (2010 - Honorable Mention, 2011 - Second Team), two-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference First Team (2010, 2011) and also included on the 2011 Virginia Sports Information Directors First Team. Many have credited his ability to match-up one-on-one against opposing team’s top players as his lasting legacy to Roanoke Lacrosse.
School: Salisbury Hometown: Darnestown, MD Twitter: @49KingDyes Hickman, a two-time All-American at Salisbury, concluded his four-year career with 195 points; his 142 goals ranks eighth all-time in school history. Hickman was named to the USILA All-American First Team in 2008, where he led the Sea Gulls during his senior season in goals (61), points (94), shots on goal (118) and was second on the team in assists (33).
School: Penn State, '02 Hometown: Annapolis, MD Twitter: @ErikHolt28 Holt spent his first two years at Penn State solely playing lacrosse, but decided to leave the sport after a couple of seasons and joined the football team as a linebacker. In April 2009, he reached out to Copperheads President Graham D’Alvia to inquire about tryouts for the U.S. Developmental Team. He impressed with his enthusiastic attitude towards the sport and personality, which helped lead him to being drafted in the fifth round of the NALL Draft by the Copperheads. Holt is also an assistant coach and director of lacrosse operations for Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland.
School: Pfeiffer, '98 Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Twitter: @leftynuse23, @THELaxFactory Iwanusa began his collegiate career at Michigan State University before he transferred to Pfeiffer University, where he was an offensive standout. Iwanusa was twice selected as an All-American, earned All Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference First Team honors three times and led NCAA divisions in scoring in 1997. Iwanusa has been heavily involved in coaching lacrosse within the area at Pfeiffer, Wingate University, Weddington High School and most recently Queens University of Charlotte.
School: Merrimack, '09 Hometown: Cohoes, NY Twitter: Rogowski led the U.S. Indoor Team in scoring at both the 2010 and 2011 Bowhunter Cups. He left Merrimack College as the third-highest scorer in NCAA Division II lacrosse history (313 points). Rogowski's other accomplishments include: Merrimack's only four-time All-American ever in any sport, a four-time First Team Northeast 10 honoree and was a two-time Northeast 10 Player of the Year. He led the school to their first-ever Final Four appearance as a senior in 2009.
School: Nazareth, '07 Hometown: Saratoga, NY Twitter: @HotalingRyan Copperheads designated "franchise player." The 27-year-old Hotaling was a key member of Team USA this past summer in the World Championships in Prague and a member of the U.S. Developmental Team in 2009. Hotaling's professional career includes two seasons with the Boston Blazers (NLL) and two seasons with the Rochester Rattlers (MLL). At Nazareth College, Hotaling was a three-time All-American and a 2007 Empire 8 Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year. A high-impact threat, Hotaling is known as one of the top face-off specialists in the game.
School: Lynchburg, '10 Hometown: Nantucket, MA Twitter: In 2011, Farrell led the Vermont Voyageurs of the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League in scoring with 76 points (41 goals, 35 assists) and was selected to the QSLL All-Star Game. He represented Team USA that same year in the Bowhunters Cup versus the Iroquois Nations. Farrell had an outstanding senior season in 2010 at Lynchburg College, where he ranked second on the team with in goals (31), assists (17), points (48), second in ground balls (57) and scored nine times in man-up situations. He finished his collegiate career with 95 points (59 goals, 36 assists) and scooped 190 ground balls. Farrell received recognition in 2010 as a Division III All-American Third Team and earned All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference First Team honors and played in United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Senior All-Star Game.