The Chesapeake Bayhawks added defensive all-stars to their roster Jan. 21 in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft according to General Manager Spencer Ford. The eight-round draft was held in Baltimore.
The Bayhawks' first pick of the draft came in the fourth round, the 24th pick overall. Chesapeake drafted Barney Ehrmann, an All-ECAC Second Team defenseman. Ehrmann was ranked 30th in the nation with 4.36 ground balls per game and first on the team with 62 ground balls during his third year with the Hoyas.
His 62 ground balls were tied for 16th all-time in a single season at Georgetown. Currently a graduate student at Georgetown, Ehrmann hails locally from Baltimore, MD and graduated from the Gilman School.
"Barney Ehrmann is a player that we have been interested in for over a year now," Ford said. "We came into the draft with our eye on a few players and he was at the top of our list. He will enhance our team this upcoming season and will make an immediate impact."
Chesapeake looked to add further depth to its defense in the fifth round of the draft. With the 30th pick overall, the Bayhawks selected Steve DeNapoli, a defensive midfielder from Hofstra. DeNapoli led the Pride in 2010 with 49 groundballs and 13 forced turnovers. In his career at Hofstra, DeNapoli tallied 135 ground balls.
Michael Burns was drafted in the sixth round with the 36th pick overall. Burns, a University of North Carolina midfielder and face-off specialist, was named the co-captain for the Tar Heels for the 2011 season. As a junior, Burns won Carolina's Holmes Harden Sr. Memorial Award for claiming the most ground balls on the team with a career total of 128.
In the seventh round, the Bayhawks used the 42nd overall selection to draft Dan Hostetler, defenseman from Georgetown. Hostetler, an Ellicott City, MD native, was fourth on the team in 2010 with 40 ground balls and 13 forced turnovers. He was also named the captain of the Hoyas for the 2011 season.
With their final pick in the eighth and final round, 48th overall, the Bayhawks further enhanced their team with John Austin, a midfielder from University of Delaware. Austin boasts a career total of 24 points with 19 goals and five assists.
"We are very happy with our overall draft," Ford said. "Even with our first pick in the 4th round, we were able to improve our roster. The 5 picks we were able to get will help add to the depth of our team as well as to bring us back to Championship Weekend this season."
-- Chesapeake Bayhawks press release
Posted Jan. 24, 2011