September 21, 2011

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Wings Tab Crowley with Top Pick in NLL Draft

from staff reports

Kevin Crowley became the first player ever to be drafted first in both Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League after the Philadelphia Wings selected him No. 1 overall in the NLL draft Wednesday.

"Kevin is going to be a star in the NLL on the floor, and we know he will represent the values of our Wings organization in the community," Wings general manager and head coach Johnny Mouradian said on the team's website. "We really like his commitment to develop his game at the highest level. Our coaching staff and players look forward to seeing him on the floor."

A full recap of the six-round draft is listed below.

Crowley finished his college career as Stony Brook University's all-time leading scorer with 131 goals and 101 assists. He won the 2010 Enners Award as the USILA's Most Outstanding Division I Player and is one of ust 40 players in NCAA history with at least 100 goals and 100 assists.

Two trades took place during the draft. The Rochester Knighthawks traded Shawn Evans and a 2012 first-round pick to the Calgary Roughnecks for Calgary's first-round selection Wednesday, the fifth overall pick in the draft. Evans had played his entire six-season career with Rochester, scoring 143 goals and 220 assists in 93 regular season games.

After taking Syracuse standout Stephen Keogh with the second overall pick, Rochester used that No. 5 spot to draft 18-year-old phenom Johnny Powless out of Six Nations, Ontario.

"He is probably the most athletic kid I have seen in a long time," Keogh said of Powless, his former teammate in Canadian junior lacrosse. Powless amassed 119 goals and 69 assists in just two seasons at the Junior A level. "He is very offensive and he just wants to win. I am glad to be his teammate again."

In between the Knighthawks' picks, Colorado tabbed Adam Jones (Canisius) third overall and Minnesota drafted Jordan MacIntosh (RIT) fourth. The Swarm also had the sixth pick, taking Evan Kirk out of Hobart. Calgary and Colorado closed out the first round with Travis Cornwall (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Dan Coates (Canisius) as the seventh and eighth picks, respectively.

Calgary later traded a fifth round selection to Buffalo for a sixth round selection in 2012.

FIRST ROUND
1. Philadelphia - Kevin Crowley - Stony Brook University
2. Rochester - Stephen Keogh - Syracuse University
3. Colorado - Adam Jones - Canisius College
4. Minnesota - Jordan MacIntosh - Rochester Institute of Technology
5. Rochester* - Johnny Powless - Six Nations, ON
6. Minnesota - Evan Kirk - Hobart College
7. Calgary - Travis Cornwall - Coquitlam, BC
8. Colorado - Dan Coates - Canisius College

SECOND ROUND
9. Buffalo - Jeremy Thompson - Syracuse University
10. Rochester - Joel White - Syracuse University
11. Calgary - Greg Harnett - Orangeville, ON
12. Minnesota - Corbyn Tao - Robert Morris University
13. Colorado - Jordan McBride - Stony Brook University
14. Colorado - Jamie Lincoln - Hofstra University
15. Buffalo - Jeff Cornwall - Conquitlam, BC
16. Colorado - Tye Belanger - Peterborough, ON
17. Toronto - Jesse Gamble - Cornell University
18. Calgary - Frankie Scigliano - New Westminster, BC

THIRD ROUND
19. Minnesota - Jay Card - Hofstra University
20. Edmonton - Jesse Fehr - Duke University
21. Washington - Mike Mallory - Delta, BC
22. Washington - Adam McGourty - Brampton, ON
23. Rochester - Kyle Andrews - Brampton, ON
24. Buffalo - Connor Daly - Burlington, ON
25. Buffalo - Jerome Thompson - Onondaga C.C.
26. Toronto - Pete Rennie - Peterborough, ON
27. Minnesota - David Earl - Notre Dame University

FOURTH ROUND
28. Philadelphia - Steve Fryer - Coquitlam, AB
29. Minnesota - Brian Karalunas - Villanova University
30. Colorado - Craig England - Orangeville, ON
31. Minnesota - Patrick Smith - Robert Morris
32. Rochester - Shane Cater - Six Nations, ON
33. Buffalo - Billy Bitter - University of North Carolina
34. Washington - Trevor Moore - Robert Morris
35. Toronto - Eric Bissell - Peterborough, ON

FIFTH ROUND
36. Rochester - Aaron Tackaberry - Calgary,AB
37. Philadelphia - Matt Stefurak - University of Delaware
38. Colorado - Joey Cupido - Six Nations, ON
39. Minnesota - Jeremy Boltus - Army
40. Rochester - Cal Kitson - Brampton, ON
41. Buffalo - Dwight Bero - Dartmouth University
42. Calgary - Barclay Hickey - Okatoks, AB
43. Washington - Brett Hickey - Windsor, ON
44. Toronto - Kyle Davis - Brampton, ON

SIXTH ROUND
45. Rochester - Kraig Maracle - Six Nations, ON
46. Calgary - Darren Kinnear - Edmonton, AB
47. Colorado - Jovan Miller - Syracuse University
48. Minnesota - Todd Baxter - Denver University
49. Rochester - Grant Catalino - University of Maryland
50. Toronto - Phil Rawn - Kitchener, ON
51. Buffalo** - Lloyd Chrysler - Tuscarora University
52. Washington - Justin Salt - New Westminster, BC
53. Toronto - Mark Burnett - Mars Hill College


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