Seven Maryland lacrosse players were drafted in Friday’s MLL Draft.
It also is an indicator of how special the 2015 season could be for the Terrapins.
The seven selections were a record for the Maryland program, which has had five players picked in two previous drafts (2011 & 2013). Six of those picks came in the first 19 selections.
Defender Matt Dunn was the lone first round selection as he was picked seventh overall by the Rochester Rattlers. After the 2016 season, he’ll join former Division I stars Ty Thompson (Albany) and Jordan Wolf (Duke) on Rochester’s roster.
The second round saw four Terps selected, including with three consecutive picks. Goalie Kyle Bernlohr went No. 11 to the Ohio Machine while midfielder Henry West went No. 12 to the Florida Launch. UMBC transfer Pat Young rounded out the trio as he went No. 13 to the Charlotte Hounds.
Midfielder Bryan Cole will join Bernlohr in the professional ranks with the Ohio Machine, who selected Cole 16th overall.
Defenders Greg Danseglio (No. 19, Atlanta Blaze) and Goran Murray (No. 37, Charlotte Hounds).
Even though Maryland has had a longstanding tradition of producing top-notch talent, the 2016 MLL Draft offered even more firepower than usual. Coach John Tillman certainly has made the Terps an elite program over the course of his tenure.
These seven players definitely will provide a great core for the 2016 season. Joining them are attackmen Colin Heacock and Matt Rambo, who combined for 58 goals and 22 assists during the 2015 campaign.
Despite losing attackman Jay Carlson and midfielder Joe LoCascio to graduation, this may be an even deeper team than a season ago. Maryland ended up going all the way to the National Championship game in Philadelphia on Memorial Day before falling to Denver.
The Terps could have upwards of seven to 10 players with double-digit goals. Couple that with one of the most prolific defenses around and this could be an extremely special group.
It also doesn’t hurt that Maryland possesses one of the top netminders in the country in Bernlohr. After all, Bernlohr was a USILA First Team All-American and won a Maryland-record 15 games in 2015.
It certainly wouldn’t be a shock to see the Terps playing again on Championship Weekend in the City of Brotherly Love.