Four NEC Men’s Lacrosse Players Drafted into MLL

Four of the first 74 players selected in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft competed for Northeast Conference programs this past spring.

Bryant was the lone team with multiple draftees.

Bulldogs’ forward Tucker James was the first NEC alumnus selected in the Draft, going to the New York Lizards 52nd overall (Round 6). Five picks later, one of James’ collegiate teammates heard his name called. Bryant defenseman Kyle Mummau, the second NEC player taken, went to the Chesapeake Bayhawks via the 57th overall selection (Round 7).

The pair of 2017 picks mark the fifth-straight season the Bulldogs have seen a player drafted in the MLL ranks.

Right after Mummau went to the Bayhawks, the Rochester rattlers snagged Hobart’s Frank Brown with the very next pick (58th overall). Brown, the 2016 NEC Player of the Year, scored 81 goals in 58 collegiate contests.

Sacred Heart’s Brian Masi heard his name called in Round 9, going to the Atlanta Blaze with the 74th overall selection.

2017 NEC MLL Draft Picks
Round 6 (52nd overall): Tucker James, BRY – New York Lizards

Round 7 (57th overall): Kyle Mummau, BRY – Chesapeake Bayhawks

Round 7 (58th overall): Frank Brown, HOB – Rochester Rattlers

Round 9 (74th overall): Brian Masi, SHU – Atlanta Blaze

 

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Check out Bryant’s Recent MLL DRAFTEES…

2017 – Tucker James, New York Lizards (Round 6 / 52nd overall)

Kyle Mummau, Chesapeake Bayhawks (Round 7 / 57th overall)

2016 – Gunnar Waldt, Florida Launch (Round 4 / 28th overall)

Shane Morrell, Charlotte Hounds (Round 8 / 63rd overall)

2015 – Kevin Massa, Charlotte Hounds (Round 4 / 26th overall)

2014 – Colin Dunster, Denver Outlaws (Round 4 / 30th overall)

Alex Zomerfeld, New York Lizards (Round 8 / 58th overall)

2013 – Mason Poli, Charlotte Hounds (Round 4 / 27th overall)

2010 – Andrew Hennessey, Denver Outlaws (Round 2 / 11th overall)

2009 – Zack Greer, Long Island Lizards (Round 1 / 3rd overall)

Duquesne QB Buechel Adds Name to #NECinNFL List, Joins WR Capers at Steelers’ Camp

The Northeast Conference’s all-time leading passer didn’t have to travel far for NFL rookie mini camp.

Duquesne’s Dillon Buechel had a chance to show off his skills in front of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ brass.  After playing his collegiate home games at Rooney Field on The Bluff, the all-NEC quarterback attended Steelers’ rookie minicamp at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

Buechel’s top target from the 2016 season was also present for the three-day camp, which began on May 12. All-NEC receiver Wayne Capers, Jr., who totaled 948 yards and nine touchdowns on 50 receptions as a senior, accepted an invitation shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft ended.

Buechel and Capers are two of four Duquesne graduates to earn a NFL rookie mini camp invitation this spring.  Offensive lineman Larson Graham (Atlanta Falcons) and All-American linebacker Christian Kuntz (Tampa Bay Bucs) are the others.

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Three Undrafted NEC Footballers Who Played Multiple NFL Seasons and Some

They are responsible for some of the longest-tenured NFL careers in Northeast Conference history and none of the three men were drafted.

Robert Morris offensive lineman Hank Fraley was the first, going undrafted in 2000 after garnering three consecutive all-NEC first team selections. When his playing career was finally over, he had made 142 appearances (123 starts) during NFL regular season games and was the Eagles’ starting center in Super Bowl XXXIX. Fraley is currently pursuing a career in coaching. After serving as an offensive line assistant with the Minnesota Vikings, he signed on with Pac-12 member UCLA this past winter.

Monmouth’s Miles Austin was also a three-time all-NEC first teamer, but he, too, did not hear his name called on Draft Day in 2006.  The explosive wideout, who averaged more than 20.0 yards per catch during the 2005 season, signed on with the Dallas Cowboys and made his initial impression by returning kicks. By 2010, Austin was a two-time Pro Bowler. He posted back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2009 and 2010. He played 129 career games, second all-time for a NEC alumnus behind Fraley.

Then, there’s Wagner alumnus Julian Stanford, who has been an active member of the 53-man roster for three different NFL teams. The Nutmeg State product was an all-NEC first teamer in 2011, but had to settle for an undrafted free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the Spring of 2012. Stanford made the Jags’ 53-man roster out of training camp and proceeded to start six games as a rookie. After eventually moving on to stints with the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Bucs, Stanford is back in the New York Metropolitan area. He played in nine games for the New York Jets during the 2016 campaign, including three starts in place of the injured Darron Lee. He made 28 tackles before his season ended with a trip to the injured reserve list (ankle).

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