Five Cornell lacrosse players were selected in last night’s Major League Lacrosse draft, held at Stony Brook University. David Mitchell and co-captain Matt McMonagle were both selected in the first round, Mitchell by Boston and McMonagle by Long Island.
Co-captain Mitch Belisle was taken with the second pick in the second round by Los Angeles and Rochester selected Brian Clayton in the third. Rounding out the Cornell selections was Eric Pittard, drafted by Washington in the fifth round.
Penn State midfielder Pat Heim was the No. 1 pick overall in the draft, selected by Chicago. He was followed by Virginia goalie Kip Turner, who is heading to Boston and Delware face-off specialist Alex Smith, taken by Rochester. Heim will attempt to bolster a Chicago squad that has never won a game in its two-year history.
Johns Hopkins, which won the NCAA title, had two players selected. Duke, the runner-up, did not have any players drafted. The NCAA had announced that the players who were on the Blue Devils’ 2006 squad, which saw their season cancelled by the university, would receive an extra year of eligibility.