LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior defenseman Jackson Place (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal Academy) was selected with the first pick of the fourth round (25th overall) by the Ohio Machine in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Draft. Place, who was recently named a Third Team Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook, will be entering his fourth year as a starter on Bucknell’s highly regarded defense this spring.
Place turned in a terrific 2013 campaign, earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors after starting all 16 games for a team that ranked 11th nationally in scoring defense, fifth in man-down defense and sixth in caused turnovers. Place himself ranked fifth in the Patriot League and 17th nationally in caused turnovers with 30, and he finished third on the team in ground balls with 43.
A two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week last year, Place also earned Patriot League All-Tournament Team honors after leading the Bison to a berth in the league championship game.
Place was one of Ohio’s eight draft selections. The Machine had the overall No. 1 pick in the draft and took Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber. They selected Johns Hopkins middie Rob Guida in the second round, and after not having a pick in the third, Ohio took Place with the first pick in round four.
The Machine later selected Syracuse midfielder Scott Loy, Syracuse attackman Derek Maltz, Notre Dame defenseman Stephen O’Hara, North Carolina faceoff specialist R.G. Keenan and Ohio Wesleyan midfielder Spencer Schnell.
Place could be reunited with former teammate Kyle Feeney. The former Bison standout goalie was drafted by Charlotte in 2013, and he was taken by Ohio in the 2014 MLL Supplemental Draft last month.
The Machine finished 2-12 in their second season as a franchise in 2013. The team plays their home games at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio, on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. The 2014 MLL season begins in late-April, however the seniors selected in this year’s draft will not become eligible to play until their college seasons end.
Major League Lacrosse debuted in 2001, and Place is the eighth Bucknell player to be drafted into the professional outdoor league. Previous Bison draftees include Feeney (2013), Billy Eisenreich (2012), Charlie Streep (2012), Michael Abou Jaouode (2006), Chris Cara (2005), Blaise Fletcher (2004) and Justin Sussman (2003). Former Bison midfielder and current assistant coach Nick Marks was also an MLL supplemental pick.
Bucknell was ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation last season and finished 12-4 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League. The Bison lost to Lehigh in the Patriot League championship final and just missed earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 2014 season gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 8 against Delaware at 5 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.