On Thursday, March 25th, the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) held its 2021 Entry Draft. Following the league’s merger with the Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the player pool widened to include more of the best lacrosse players on Earth. Long Island is home to a few of those players, and we’d like to highlight them with their new teams.
A Daniel Bucaro, Rd 1, Pick #3, Atlas L.C.
“There are a lot of left-handed attackmen entering into the league this spring. Some slashing midfielders. Some playmaking X attackmen. Some stepdown snipers on the wing. Daniel Bucaro is all three of those roles rolled into one.”
Those are the words of the PLL’s own writers in their player spotlight of Bucaro, the former Georgetown Hoya-turned-Denver Outlaw who was drafted 3rd overall by the Atlas Lacrosse Club. The lefty attackman from East Islip was a phenom in college, with 153 career goals (6 game winners) and 73 assists while being named a multi-time All-Big East First Teamer.
Last season with the Outlaws, Bucaro ranked 7th in goals per game in the MLL with 2.20, with 13 goals in just 5 games. Now joining up with Chris Cloutier and Eric Law, Bucaro will step into an Atlas offense with the scoring prowess to be an impact player early and often.
D Liam Byrnes, Rd 1 Pick #4, Waterdogs L.C.
“Liam Byrnes is the best help defender in this Entry Draft class. Watch him play, and you’ll notice nothing but head swivels, finger points, and a foot in the paint at all times.”
The PLL writers know their stuff, as the former Philadelphia Barrage who won the 2019 MLL Defensive Player of the Year will step in and make an immediate impact for the growing Waterdogs.
From West Islip to Marquette, Byrnes makes offensive players pay with his 6-foot-3 frame and ruthless aggression. Grabbing 21 GBs (10th in the MLL) and causing 6 turnovers, Brynes shut down a team’s top offensive threats.
Joining a Waterdogs squad with LSM Ryland Rees and Defenseman Chris Sabia, Brynes will help this Waterdogs squad in Year 2 to really get underway in making noise.
G Sean Sconone, Rd 2, Pick #5, Chrome L.C.
“Your favorite stay-at-home goalie’s favorite goalie, Sconone does so much more than fill up the net. Sconone gets the ball up and out just as well as any goalie in the PLL. His hand speed is actually staggering for such a large goalie and to watch him gather loose balls in the crease and fire them out to cutting midfielders is actually stunning.”
The former Connecticut Hammerhead from East Islip went to UMass, where he won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award (nation’s most outstanding goalie) as a senior in 2019 after he led the nation with his .615 save percentage and ranked third overall with a 8.61 goals-against average. In the MLL last season, he kept his stellar play up wit a league leading 76 goals in 5 games (20 ahead of the next goal for 15.5 saves per game and a 57.1% save rate.)
The Chrome will rest easy knowing one of the best in the nation is between their sticks, and can out save any opponent and block any shot that comes his way.