By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
The 2018 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft is scheduled for this evening (Wednesday, April 18th).
Fans of the MLL can watch live coverage of the draft on Lax Sports Network (LSN), beginning at 5:30 p.m. The actual draft itself will begin at 6:30 p.m.
According to the MLL website, 63 players will be selected from the college lacrosse world this evening, including five current student-athletes by the Boston Cannons. Boston has the top pick in this year’s draft and will most likely select someone to join either their offense (attack) or defense with the selection.
The last time Cannons entered the draft with the top pick was in 2008 when they selected Paul Rabil from Johns Hopkins. Rabil would help the Cannons with their initial MLL crown three years later when Boston outlasted the Hamilton Nationals at Harvard Stadium.
Rabil no longer plays for the Cannons as he is currently a member of the New York Lizards. New York finished fifth overall last season with a 7-7 ledger.
In addition to the top pick, Boston also owns a quartet of picks, including a pair of selections in the third round (19th and 26th picks). The Cannons will also pick in the sixth (46) and seventh (55) rounds, too.
Expect the Cannons to use their initial pick on either an attack or defensive player, according to US Lacrosse Magazine. A possible first-round pick for the Cannons could be University of Albany’s Connor Fields, who currently leads the Great Danes this season in assists (32) and points (58). He is second on the team in goals (26).
A few other possible targets for the top pick include Trevor Baptiste (University of Denver), Connor Kelly (University of Maryland) and Justin Guterding (Duke University).
Pre-Draft Reading: Get ready for the 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft with some great stories from around the web!
- Learn more about the Connor Fields and what makes him the perfect first-round selection for the Boston Cannons. This was a great feature from Michael Kelly of the Daily Gazette.
- Kyle Devitte of Inside Lacrosse produced his MLL Draft Big board – see who he thinks will be selected first this evening!
- We could see a few New England players selected this evening, including Harry Stanton of Wesleyan University, writes Marissa Ingemi in her New England Lacrosse Journal (NELJ) MLL Draft Preview.
- Who will the newest team select? Well, the Lacrosse Bucket Blog has a few thoughts for the Dallas Rattlers.