It was clear who the best player in the 2011 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft was, but would the Philadelphia Wings take him at No. 1?
That notion was quickly put to rest as the Wings selected Kevin Crowley out of Stony Brook University No. 1 overall on Wednesday night at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel in Toronto, Canada.
The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Crowley should add some more size to a Philadelphia team that is desperate to return to the playoffs and should complement the 6-foot-5, 225 pound Dan Dawson and 6-foot-4, 205 pound Brodie Merrirl on offense.
Crowley played in 60 career games at Stony Brook and finished with 131 goals and 101 assists. He is one of only 40 players in NCAA Division I history to finish his career with over 100 goals and assists.
“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,” said Wings general manager and head coach Johnny Mouradian in a news release. “We really like his commitment to develop his game at the highest levels. Our coaching staff and players look forward to seeing him on the floor.”
With the second pick, the Rochester Knighthawks selected Stephen Keogh out of Syracuse University. Keogh will have a familiar face on the K-Hawks in Cody Jamieson, who was selected number one overall in the 2010 draft, also out of Syracuse.
“I hope I can do everything I can to help this team win,” said Keogh in a news release. “I am not a selfish player. I will take on any role the team wants me to.”
Keogh won two NCAA Championships (2008 and 2009) in his four years with the Orange and was the 2011 Big East Attack Player of the Year after he led the team in goals with 33 and tied the club in points with 41.
Adam Jones went third overall in the draft with the Colorado Mammoth picking up the Canisius College forward.
“Adam is an extremely talented left-handed scorer with amazing creativity,” said Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett in a news release. “He’s a very intelligent player, and we’re ecstatic that Adam’s now a part of the Mammoth organization.”
The Minnesota Swarm selected Rochester Institute of Technology transition player Jordan MacIntosh with the fourth selection before the night saw its first trade.
Rochester sent veteran Shawn Evans and a 2012 first-round selection to Calgary for the Roughnecks' fifth overall selection. Evans had played all six of his NLL seasons in Rochester, where he total 143 goals and 220 assists in 93 regular season games.
The Knighthawks chose Johnny Powless out of Six Nations, Ontario with their second selection of the first-round.
The only other trade in the draft involved the Roughnecks sending a fifth round selection to the Buffalo Bandits for a 2012 sixth round pick. Buffalo used that 51st selection to choose Lloyd Chrysler from Tuscarora University.
The first-round closed with Minnesota picking up Evan Kirk (Hobert College) at number six, Calgary selecting Travis Cornwell (Coquitlam, British Columbia) with their first pick at number seven and then Colorado choosing another Canisius College player in Dan Coates at number eight
Four teams didn't select in the first-round: Buffalo Bandits, Edmonton Rush, Toronto Rock and Washington Stealth.
The Bandits selected first in the second-round at ninth overall, picking Jeremy Thompson out of Syracuse. The NLL champion Toronto Rock's first selection came at 17th overall in the second frame, where they picked Jesse Gamble out of Cornel.
Edmonton and Washington had to wait until the third round before they could make their first picks. The Rush selected Duke's Jesse Fehr at number 20 before the Stealth chose Mike Mallory (Delta, British Columbia) and Adam McGourty (Brampton, Ontario) with back-to-back picks at number 21 and 22.
Syracuse ended up being the university with the most selections in the six round-53 pick draft with four while Robert Morris finished with three players being selected. Stony Brook, Canisius and Hofstra finished with two former players being drafted on the evening.
Here is a complete list of the players drafted on Wednesday night:
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 (from trade with Calgary)
6. Minnesota - Evan Kirk - Hobart College
7. Calgary - Travis Cornwall - Coquitlam, BC
8. Colorado - Dan Coates - Canisius College
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
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
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
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
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 (from trade with Calgary)
52. Washington - Justin Salt - New Westminster, BC
53. Toronto - Mark Burnett - Mars Hill College