When you think of top collegiate lacrosse programs there are a handful of schools that consistently come to mind. Duke, Virginia, Princeton, and Syracuse vie for the NCAA title year after year. But does having the top programs make their student athletes more likely to be drafted in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft? MajorLeagueLacrosse.com decided to take a look at which colleges produced the most draft picks.
Georgetown, Notre Dame, and UMass finished in a three-way tie for fifth place with 22 MLL Collegiate Draft picks each. Notable draftees include the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Barney Ehrmann, who was a standout defenseman for the Hoyas while the Hamilton Nationals’ MLL All-Star David Earl was a two-time All-American for the Fighting Irish. UMass has a history of notable MLL players including the Ohio Machine’s Jim Connolly who was the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year for the Minutemen in 2009.
Coming in fourth place with 28 MLL Collegiate Draft Picks is Maryland. Most recently Denver’s Jeremy Sieverts, who had an outstanding first season for the Outlaws and was a 2012 MLL All-Star, played his collegiate lacrosse in College Park. Maryland has a long and storied lacrosse tradition but fans were thrilled when The Rochester Rattlers chose Terrapin Joe Walters as the number one overall pick in the 2006 draft. Walters has gone on to become a two-time MLL champion and a four-time MLL All-Star.
Third place goes to college lacrosse powerhouse Johns Hopkins with 30 MLL Collegiate Draft picks. The Blue Jays are consistently ranked amongst the elite of NCAA Lacrosse and have given us some of MLL’s best. Most notably, Chesapeake Bayhawks‘ midfielder Michael Kimmel and the Boston Cannons‘ Paul Rabil were standouts for Hopkins’ head coach, Dave Pietramala.
Runner-up for picks in the MLL Collegiate Draft coming in with 39 is the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers program is a breeding ground for MLL players and Dom Starsia groomed the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ and 2012 MLL Championship Weekend MVP Ben Rubeor along with 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner and current Ohio Machine attackman Steele Stanwick, to go onto professional success.
And now, the winner and number one program for MLL Collegiate Draft picks. The Syracuse Orange comes in on top with 43 total draft picks. It’s no surprise with 15 national titles, 5 since 2000 and back-to-back wins in 2008 and 2009, that Syracuse continues to provide top talent to the MLL ranks. And with names like MLL standouts Jovan Miller, Steven Brooks, Dan Hardy, and Casey Powell, just to name a few, it seems that the Orange will continue to populate MLL rosters for years to come.
So which top colleges and universities will provide the most draft picks this season? Will your favorite teams come out on top? Check out the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft live from Philadelphia, PA on Friday January 11, 2013 to find out.