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.@PennMensLax’s Keating (@Fords_Lacrosse), McGeary (@MPFriars) selected high in MLL draft

Thursday, 19th April 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/19/18
From Press Release

The University of Pennsylvania had two seniors selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft on Wednesday night, as defenseman Connor Keating (Haverford School) was the eighth overall pick by the Denver Outlaws and midfielder Kevin McGeary (Malvern Prep) was the 46th overall pick (6th round) by the Boston Cannons.

Also from Philly, Maryland defenseman Bryce Young (St. Augustine Prep-NJ) was the 16th pick (2nd second) by the Ohio Machine, Michigan midfielder Chase Young (St. Joseph’s Prep) was the 35th pick (4th round) by the Denver Machine, Salisbury defenseman Kyle Tucker was the 58th pick (7th round) by Chesapeake.

Philly college players chosen included Princeton midfielder Austin Sims (20th pick, 3rd round, Atlanta) and Villanova attackman Christian Cuccinello.

This is the third time in program history that two Penn players were selected in the same draft, the first of which happened in 2001. DJ Andrzejewski and Andrew Blechman were both selected in 2006, while Matt McMahon and Joe McCallion (Haverford School) were both selected in 2015. In addition, Keating is the program’s highest draft pick ever; prior to Wednesday, the highest a Penn player had been picked was 18th, Nick Doktor by Charlotte in 2016. Overall, Keating and McGeary are the 10th and 11th Penn players to be drafted in the MLL Collegiate Draft.

Keating—also the first first-round pick in Penn history—was a third-team USILA All-American and second-team All-ECAC last year and is already a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection. He is also one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. The highest-scoring long stick in the nation, Keating has seven points this season (3g, 4a) and has recorded 31 career goals and 10 assists for 41 career points. A close defenseman who also works the wing on Penn’s face-off unit, he has a team-high 49 ground balls this season as well as seven caused turnovers.

McGeary, meanwhile, received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition a year ago. This year, he was named Ivy League Player of the Week and USILA National Team of the Week after helping Penn defeat then-No. 1 Duke with four points. Overall, he leads the Quakers with 26 goals and also has nine assists for 35 points which is second on the team. McGeary has 82 career goals, which is 10th on Penn’s all-time list, and 115 career points. He has recorded nine points in the last week, with four against Harvard on Saturday and five against Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday.

Penn is 6-7 overall this year and will play its regular-season finale on Saturday at Dartmouth, facing off with the Big Green at noon. The Quakers are still in position to earn a spot in the Ivy League Tournament, which will take place May 4 and 6 at Columbia University in New York City.

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