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WAKEFIELD, WELLS SELECTED BY BALTIMORE BLAST IN MAJOR INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE AMATEUR DRAFT
The Retriever pipeline to local professional soccer continues. A year after selecting Retrievers Giuliano Celenza and Billy Nelson, the MISL's Baltimore Blast tabbed midfielder P.J. Wakefield and defender Andy Wells in Tuesday's amateur draft. Wells was the Blast's territorial pick and the native of Essex, England was a four-time All Northeast Conference First Team defender. He capped his career by earning First Team All South Atlantic region honors this fall. Wakefield, Baltimore's first-round selection, was an All Conference player in his junior and senior seasons. The Calvert Hall grad tallied 17 goals and added 14 assists in his career. Celenza and Nelson have paid immediate dividends for Baltimore this season. Celenza is currently fifth on the team in scoring with 63 points, while Nelson, a back, is a strong candidate for league Rookie of the Year honors. "We're real happy to get Andy and P.J.-both have spent a good bit of time practicing with us and have looked good. One of the highlights of the season has been the play of Giuliano Celenza and Billy Nelson, so hopefully Andy and P.J. can match that some day," said Blast Head Coach Kevin Healey.Other former Retrievers Jason Dieter and J.J. Kremer are also on the Blast roster.