Portions Courtesy of Princeton Athletic
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Two Ivy League men’s lacrosse players were chosen in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft, which was held on Friday, Jan. 22 at the Power Plant. Princeton attackman Jack McBride was the first Ivy Leaguer off the board, as the Denver Outlaws took him in the fifth round with the 27th overall pick. The Boston Cannons then selected brown midfielder David Hawley in the seventh round with the 40th overall pick.
The 2011 MLL Draft was held before the start of the forthcoming NCAA season and only seniors with expiring eligibility were eligible to be drafted. With the move, drafted players can directly join their respective MLL teams following their senior seasons. With the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, the Hamilton Nationals selected Stony Brook’s Kevin Crowley.
McBride will bring 89 career goals into his senior year, and he figures to finish somewhere between third and fifth all-time at Princeton in goals scored. A first-team All-Ivy selection each of the last two years and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman, McBride has scored 35 goals each of the last two seasons. As a junior he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of the first Ivy League tournament final, and he also had two goals and three assists against Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament. McBride was a second-team All-America as a sophomore, an honorable mention All-America as a junior and a preseason second-team All-America this year.
Last season Hawley played in 14 games for the Bears, including four as a starter. He ended the year tied as Brown’s fourth leading scorer with 27 goals and four assists for 31 points and earned 2010 All-Ivy first team midfielder honors. His 27 goals tied for the second-most on the team and included eight man-up goals and a game-winning tally. Prior to last season, Hawley played at Williams College where he led the Ephs in scoring in each of his two seasons.
After the 2011 NCAA season, McBride and Hawley will look to join the growing ranks of Ivy alums in the MLL. On Dec. 14, 2010 ten Ivy Leaguers were selected in the MLL Supplemental Draft, led by Ryan McClay of Cornell who was selected with the sixth overall pick by Chesapeake.
Complete 2011 MLL Draft results
Ivy recap of 2010 MLL Supplemental Draft results