Five graduates from the national championship Merrimack College men’s lacrosse Class of 2018 recently saw their names called in the 2019 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Supplemental Draft.
Graduates Kyle Stenberg, Jack Trask and Blake Boudreau were all drafted by the Dallas Rattlers; classmate Hunter Schmell was selected by the Florida Launch; finally, James Bassett was picked by the Denver Outlaws. All five were key contributors on last year’s title-winning team that set a school record for victories and also won the program’s third Northeast-10 Conference Tournament title.
Stenberg was a regular in the lineup in three of his four seasons, earning a reputation as one of the team’s go-to scorers overall and on the man-up offense in his latter two years. A two-time NEILA All-New England honoree and one-time NE10 All-Conference Second Team selection, he graduated ranked 10th in the program record book in career goals (89). Altogether, he played in 61 games and totaled 123 points on 89 goals and 34 assists, including 17 man-up goals and eight game-winners while accumulating 52 ground balls.
Trask graduated as a two-time USILA All-American, earning a second team selection as a senior following a third place spot as a sophomore. A two-time NEILA All-New England First Team honoree and an NE10 All-Conference Second Team pick as a sophomore and senior, the Colorado Springs native logged over 56 career appearances, posting 86 points on 64 goals and 22 assists to go along with 39 ground balls.
The final pick by the Rattlers was Boudreau, who graduated as one of the best faceoff specialists in program history. A two-time USILA All-American who moved up to the first team unit in 2018 after debuting as an honorable mention selection a year earlier, Boudreau was appropriately enough named the USILA Faceoff Specialist of the Year in 2018. He was a three-time all-region and all-conference pick who, for his career, won 741-of-1,133 faceoffs, good for an all-time winning percentage of 67.7 percent on the X. He graduated ranked second all-time in career ground balls (389) while also contributing 21 points in 52 career games (12g, 9a).
After transferring to the program as a sophomore, Schmell eventually earned the status as one of the country’s best two-way players on the way toward finishing as a two-time All-American, earning first team accolades as a senior in 2018. He was named the USILA Short Stick Defensive Midfielder of the Year as a senior and was also a two-time NEILA All-Region and NE10 All-Conference first team selection. The Vermont native played in 46 games, causing 22 turnovers and totaling 80 ground balls while also adding a scoring touch with 28 points on 19 goals and nine assists.
Finally, Bassett graduated as one of the program’s top defenders in recent memory and earned back-to-back All-America First Team selections and was named the USILA Defensive Player of the Year (2017), NEILA New England Player of the Year (2018) and NE10 Defensive Player of the Year (2017) over the course of two seasons. A two-time NE10 All-Conference First Team selection, as well as a two-time NEILA All-New England First Team honoree, Bassett appeared in 65 games overall with 52 caused turnovers and 131 ground balls; he also contributed 10 points (5g, 5a).
The quintet of recent graduates were joined by recent alumni Tim Towler ’16 (Charlotte Hounds), Scott Corcoran ’16 (New York Lizards) and Greg Melaugh ’13 (Florida), who also were picked in the supplemental draft.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, is headquartered in Boston. MLL has led the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports since 2001. In the spring of 2018, MLL entered into new leadership for the first time in 17 years when it selected Alexander Brown as the Commissioner. The league is made up of nine teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dallas Rattlers, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, and Ohio Machine.