Andrew Wagner of the Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team was selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Draft Friday, Jan 20. Wagner was chosen by the Rochester Rattlers in the seventh round pick.
“It is a pretty humbling experience overall to be selected in the MLL draft but I still have work to do in order to earn a spot on the team,” Wagner said.
Wagner has been one of the top players in program history, winning the William C. Schmeisser Award as Division II’s Most Outstanding Defender in the last two seasons.
He was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American First Team in 2012 and 2013. Wagner was also a USILA All-American Honorable Mention as a freshman.
“It was a huge surprise for me as I didn’t really put much thought into it and wasn’t even aware that the draft was on that specific night. I also have to thank all of my coaches dating back to when I started playing in 7th grade and most of all my teammates because without them I would not have had any of the success I’ve achieved,” Wagner said.
During last year’s season, Wagner started all 19 games, playing a very significant role in the Laker’s defense as they advanced to the NCAA Championship in May. Wagner also earned Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Defensive Player of the Year honors.
“I’m looking forward to ending my career as a Laker with another national championship. It has been a great ride and I’ve been blessed with a great senior class who would all like to finish on top like we started freshman year,” Wagner said.
Wagner was the only Division II athlete selected play in the seventh round pick.
“I’m just excited for the opportunity to possibly become a part of a professional lacrosse team and hopefully continuing to play the sport of lacrosse for years to come,” Wagner said.