BOSTON – Merrimack College men’s lacrosse senior Charlie Bertrand has already left a more than memorable mark on the program, and his story continued Monday evening, as he was the first Warrior ever chosen in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.
Bertrand, who led Merrimack this past season in goals (18) and points (23), was selected in the eighth round by the Connecticut Hammerheads, who are set to begin their first season in Fairfield, Conn. at Rafferty Stadium. The Warriors and Bertrand played their first ever Division I road game at Fairfield Feb. 18 when he netted three goals and added three assists for six points in a 14-11 setback to the Stags.
With the 44th pick in the MLL Draft, the Hammerheads select Charlie Bertrand from Merrimack‼️ Bertrand has registered a point in every collegiate game played and holds the longest active streak in the country with 58 consecutive games 😱 pic.twitter.com/WylXI06rdj
— Connecticut Hammerheads (@CtHammerheads) May 5, 2020
The Baldwinsville, N.Y. native is the most decorated player in program history with a trio of USILA All-American nods and a pair of USILA National Player of the Year awards. He also led the attack for the Warriors during their first two national championship victories in 2018 and 2019.
Bertrand has 210 goals, 64 assists and 274 career points in 58 games and has registered at least one goal and one point in every game of his career. His goal and point totals both rank him second in Merrimack history behind Greg Rogowski ’09.
HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE‼️
— Merrimack Men’s Lacrosse (@MerrimackMLAX) May 5, 2020
Unlike previous seasons in professional lacrosse, Bertrand can still return to school for another year, even though he has been drafted. With the NCAA granting another year of eligibility for spring athletes after precautions regarding COVID-19, players taken in the MLL Draft can play another year at the college level, with the team that drafted them retaining their rights.
Bertrand is also considered a top prospect for the 2020 Premier Lacrosse League College Draft, which was originally slated for April 21, but has been pushed back to mid-May.