Sept. 9, 2010
Center Valley, Pa. - Former Colgate men's lacrosse players Ryan McClelland and Tyler Collins, who both graduated from the University last spring, were among the 61 players selected during the 2010 National Lacrosse League draft Wednesday night in Toronto. McClelland was drafted in the first round and 10th overall by the Rochester Knighthawks, while Collins' name was called in the fifth round and 46th overall by the Boston Blazers.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, McClelland appeared in eight contests for the Raiders during his senior campaign in 2010 as a defensive midfielder. His best season was in 2008 as a sophomore, when he logged career-bests in goals (three) and groundballs (22). This summer, he won a silver medal with Team Canada at the World Lacrosse Championship in Manchester, England and was chosen in the seventh round of the Major League Lacrosse draft in June by Toronto.
Collins, who hails from Toronto, played in 10 games during his career in Hamilton, including three in his senior year. A 6-2, 218-pound defender, Collins posted a career-high three groundballs in Colgate's 7-6 loss to Binghamton on Feb. 20.
McClelland and Collins are the eighth and ninth former Patriot League men's lacrosse players to be selected in the NLL draft, and the fourth and fifth taken from Colgate. McClelland is the highest League draftee at 10th overall and the first chosen in the first round. Before this year, the highest round in which a former League player was chosen was the third and it happened twice. Navy's Andy Ross was selected in the third round in 1997 by Colorado, and Hobart's Tim Booth was chosen by Rochester in the third round of the 2003 draft.
The NLL is a men's indoor lacrosse league that plays its games during the winter leading to the Champions Cup, which is held in May. The league currently features 10 teams and is slated to begin its 2011 season on Saturday, Jan. 8.