A trio of Massachusetts Division III men’s lacrosse players was selected yesterday in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft.
Tufts University seniors John Uppgren and Connor Helfrich were selected by Boston and Denver, respectively. Endicott College’s Cameron Bell was also selected by Boston, too.
Tufts head coach Mike Daly congratulated his two players, tweeting, ‘Congrats to our guys drafted today. Well earned!’
Uppgren has paced all Division III players in scoring the past two seasons, while Helfrich is considered one of the top face-off specialists in the country.
Prior to yesterday’s draft, four members of the Tufts men’s lacrosse program were selected in the MLL Supplementary draft, including Beau Wood, who assisted the Powder and Blue in capturing their second national title in four seasons with a 12-9 win against Salisbury in May 2014.
Bell was the final selection of the Cannons, being picked 67th overall. Tabbed a Preseason All-
American by Inside Lacrosse, Bell won 16 of 20 games last spring, boasting a 9.57 goals against average (GAA) and a .560 save percentage. He also registered a career-high 209 saves, which helped the Gulls go onto capture their eighth Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown.