NATIONALS DOMINATE INDOOR DRAFT
9/22/11 12:00 AM
(Hamilton, September 22)… The Hamilton Nationals dominated the first round of the National Lacrosse League Entry Draft Wednesday night in Toronto, as three of the top four picks played for the Nats this season. Kevin Crowley was the No. 1 overall selection by the Philadelphia Wings and kicked off a draft that included seven Nationals players.
Crowley played in 10 games with Hamilton this summer and finished with 20 points (14+6). He was also the first-round selection (first overall) in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft. The native of New Westminster, BC, finished his college career among the best players ever to play for Stony Brook, as he scored 131 goals and added 101 assists in 60 career games.
Stephen Keogh, Jordan MacIntosh and Dan Coates were also taken in the first round. Keogh was drafted second overall by the Rochester Knighthawks. Keogh joins the Knighthawks after completing his four-year career at Syracuse in 2011, where he was a two-time NCAA champion (2008 and 2009). The 21 year old received Second Team All-American honors in 2011 after earning honorable mention status the past two years. The 2011 BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year led the Orange in goals (33) and tied for the team lead in points (41). He ended his career ninth in Syracuse history with 133 goals. He took his field game to the professional level in 2011 and played for a Hamilton Nationals team that advanced to the Major League Lacrosse Finals.
Jordan MacIntosh was selected fourth overall by the Minnesota Swarm. MacIntosh was named a Second Team All-American for the 19-1 RIT Tigers. He repeated as an All-American after earning honorable mention status in 2010. A two-time All-Empire 8 First Team selection and 2010 Empire 8 Co-Player of the Year, MacIntosh led the Tigers in scoring this season with 75 points (43+32). He was second on the team with 93 ground balls and won 103-of-200 faceoffs. The 75 points in 2011 is 10th all-time at RIT for points in a season. He finished his career at RIT 25th on the all-time scoring list with 128 points (78+49).
Coates rounded out the Nationals chosen in the first round as he was taken eighth overall by the Colorado Mammoth. He was selected from the MLL Player Pool on June 9, 2011 by the Nats. Coates was an All-MAAC selection and a MAAC All-Academic Team member. He anchored the Canisius defense throughout the 2011 season, earning all-conference honors for the first time in his career. The St. Catharines, Ontario, native led the Griffs with 52 ground balls, while placing second on the squad with 18 caused turnovers.
The Buffalo Bandits opened the second round by picking Jeremy Thompson. The Onondaga Nation product was the Nationals’ first-round selection (sixth overall) in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft. In seven games, he scored six goals and added four assists. Thompson was Syracuse’s highest scoring midfielder this season with 30 points (18+12). He also led the Orange with 61 faceoff wins en route to Third Team All-American honors.
The last two Hamilton players picked in the draft both went to the Minnesota Swarm. David Earl was tabbed in the third round (27th overall), while Jeremy Boltus went in the fifth round (39th overall). Earl was third on the Nationals with 17 goals and fifth in points with 22 this season. The two-time All-American finished his college career with Notre Dame in 2011. In his career, he collected 51 goals, 22 assists for 73 points.
Boltus led the Nats with 19 goals and was second with 30 points in 12 games en route to MLL Rookie of the Year honors. He completed his college career at West Point in 2011 as the second leading point producer in school history. He also placed 12th in goals and second in assists. In 2011, he paced Army with a career-high 70 points and a personal-best 46 assist and was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.