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.@NLLwings invite player from open tryout to training camp roster

Friday, 22nd October 2021

Categories Box lacrosse, Boy's/Men's, Pro Posted 10/22/21- From Press Release

Last weekend, Philadelphia’s National Lacrosse League franchise, the Philadelphia Wings, held its first-ever open tryout at the Wings Training Center in Voorhees, N.J. 

Over 85 amateur lacrosse players competed alongside the team’s 2020 and 2021 draft picks for invitations to the Wings 2021 Training Camp, and after evaluating all the players in attendance, the Wings invited Blake McDonald, an undrafted graduate of Davenport University, to join the squad when it begins training camp on October 29 to vie for a spot on the opening night roster.  

“Holding an open tryout allowed us to watch our draft picks compete while also giving us the opportunity to identify other talented players who did not have the opportunity to play summer lacrosse and get the attention of scouts due to the pandemic,” said Wings Head Coach, Paul Day. “Blake McDonald stood out to us over the weekend with his level of skill and exceptional lacrosse IQ. He played strong, physical, and fast and we believe he has the ability to adapt to a professional game and develop as a talented defender.” 

“When I heard about the Wings open tryout, I jumped at the opportunity to play in front of the coaching staff,’ said McDonald. “I haven’t been able to play competitively due to the pandemic. This was my shot to show NLL coaches my talent and I am honored to accept the invite to Wings training camp to have a shot at making the roster.” 

McDonald served as captain of the Davenport University Men’s Lacrosse team where he led the team with 32 assists and ranked second in scoring with 22 goals in 2019 before his senior year, and final year of eligibility, was cut short in 2020 due to the COVID-19 shutdown. A native of Six Nations, Ontario, McDonald has found success throughout his playing career, including capturing three Minto Cups with Six Nations Arrows in 2014, 2015, and 2017.   

The idea for the open tryout came after the team’s scouting and talent evaluation efforts were cut back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the camp was overseen by reigning NLL General Manager and Head Coach of the Year Paul Day and his coaching staff. McDonald was the only undrafted player to be selected from a full capacity Wings Tryout and Development Camp. He will compete for a spot on the roster when the Wings kick off training camp at the Wings Training Center on October 29.  


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