The Denver Outlaws selected eight players on Wednesday in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, including All-American long-stick midfielder Connor Keating with their first-round selection (eighth overall).
Keating earned third-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy League accolades during his junior season at the University of Pennsylvania. Through 13 games of his senior campaign, Keating has recorded 12 points (10 goals, 2 assists) and corralled 61 ground balls.
“In Connor Keating, we feel that we have an extremely talented player who can immediately contribute to our team,” General Manager Tony Seaman said. “Long-stick midfield is a crucial position in this league. We’re confident that Connor can play that role for us at an elite level for years to come. We’re very excited that he’s a Denver Outlaw.”
With their second-round pick (17th overall), the Outlaws chose midfielder Peter Conley from Duke University. A native of Mamaroneck, N.Y., Conley earned honorable mention All-America honors as a junior and has scored 32 points (24 goals, 8 assists) as a senior.
Denver selected defender Foster Huggins out of Loyola University in the third round (25th overall) and attackman Chris Cloutier out of the University of North Carolina in the fourth round (29th overall). The Outlaws also added midfielder Chase Young (4th round, 35th overall), long-stick midfielder Matt Gilray (5th round, 44th overall), attackman Connor O’Hara (6th round, 53rd overall) and attackman Bryce Wasserman (7th round, 62nd overall).
All draft selections will be placed on the college inactive list until the conclusions of their collegiate seasons, at which point they will be eligible for placement on 25-man rosters or practice squads.
Denver opens its season on Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y., against the New York Lizards and will play its first home game of the season on May 4.
Denver Outlaws 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft Selections
|Connor Keating||LSM||1 (8)||Penn||Gladwyne, Pa.|
|Peter Conley||M||2 (17)||Duke||Mamaronek, N.Y.|
|Foster Huggins||D||3 (25)||Loyola||Dallas, Texas|
|Chris Cloutier||A||4 (29)||North Carolina||Kitchener, Ont.|
|Chase Young||M||4 (35)||Michigan||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Matt Gilray||LSM||5 (44)||Bucknell||Oshawa, Ont.|
|Connor O’Hara||A||6 (53)||Bucknell||Skaneateles, N.Y.|
|Bryce Wasserman||A||7 (62)||Monmouth||Southlake, Texas|