The 2011 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft was held today in Toronto, Ontario. The Washington Stealth had five picks in the six-round draft, including two third-round selections. Forward Mike Mallory and defenseman Adam McGourty were the first of the five players to be invited to Stealth training camp on the day.
Mallory, 20, was drafted by the Stealth in the third round (21st overall) of the draft. Mallory is a right-handed forward that provided a great deal of offensive production during his Junior ‘A’ lacrosse career with the Delta Islanders. In two seasons of full time work for the Islanders, the 6’2”, 190-pound forward tallied 206 points (93g, 113a) in 49 games played. He is a two-time, first-team BCLA All-Star (2010, 2011) and was named the BCLA Rookie of the Year in 2010.
“Mike is a big kid that can shoot the ball and score a lot of goals on the right side, something we wanted to address going into the draft,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. “We get to watch a lot of games in British Columbia and he was one of our top ranked right-handed forwards.”
The Stealth also held the 22nd overall pick following a trade earlier this offseason that sent forward Luke Wiles to Buffalo. With that selection, Washington picked up McGourty, a right-handed defenseman from Brampton, Ontario. McGourty, 21, spent three seasons with the Brampton Excelsiors and recorded 36 points (13g, 23a) in 66 games.
“Adam was a big part of a very good defense in Brampton,” said Hall. “He’s aggressive and transitions the ball well from the defensive end and that’s something we are always looking for. We are pretty deep on the right side of our defense, but Adam’s tenacity and athleticism will have him challenging for a roster spot.”
In the fourth round, the Stealth selected Trevor Moore 34th overall. Moore, 23, is a native of Port Coquitlam, B.C., and played collegiate lacrosse at Robert Morris University. Moore, a left-handed forward, was named the 2010 Northeast Conference Player of the Year after setting an RMU scoring record with 60 points (35g, 25a) in 15 games. He also served as a captain of the team. Moore also has a lot of box lacrosse experience, earning first-team BCLA All-Star honors in 2009 with the Coquitlam Adanacs Junior ‘A’ squad. He tallied 102 points (36g, 66a) in 19 games that season. He has spent the past two seasons with the Burnaby Lakers of the Western Lacrosse Association and has 30 goals and 33 assists in 32 career games.
“Trevor is a great goal scorer with great hands and he has showed that both at the collegiate level and playing box in BC,” said Hall of Moore. “We are really happy with our left side, but he was too good to pass up at number 34.”
With the 43rd overall pick (fifth round), the Stealth selected forward Brett Hickey from Windsor, Ontario. Hickey, another right-handed forward, put up huge numbers playing with Windsor in the Ontario Junior ‘B’ Lacrosse Association. In 2011, he recorded 127 points (50g, 77a) in 20 games. In six seasons with Windsor, the 21 year-old has tallied 352 points (151g, 201a) in 107 regular season games. At 6’2”, 210 pounds, his size was also something that caught Hall’s eye.
“We’ve heard nothing but great things about Brett and his numbers back it up,” said Hall. “The Junior ‘B’ system in Ontario is very strong and scoring 127 points in a season is phenomenal. I’m looking forward to getting him to camp to see what he does against the big boys.”
The Stealth’s final selection of the night came in the sixth round, 52nd overall. With it, the Stealth chose New Westminster Salmonbellies product Justin Salt. Salt, a left-handed defenseman, has played three seasons with the Salmonbellies Junior ‘A’ squad and in 2011 showed his knack for scoring with 48 points (15g, 33a) in 27 games.
“Justin is a fundamentally sound and intelligent lacrosse player,” said Hall. “We’ve seen him play a lot in juniors and have liked what we’ve seen.”
The five draftees will join the Stealth for training camp in December with hopes of making the Stealth’s 23-man active roster for the 2012 season. Hall is excited to see the young group face the returning group of veterans that have led the Stealth to back-to-back Western Division Championships.
“Not picking until the third round, we thought it was going to be a quiet draft for us,” said Hall following the draft. “But we are very pleased with the amount of talent we have joining the team. It’s going to be another spirited training camp with these young guys really challenging for a roster spot. They bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to camp, and it will serve them well.”
The 2012 Stealth season begins on January 14, when the team hosts the Calgary Roughnecks in a rematch of the 2011 Western Division Championship game. 2012 Stealth season tickets start at just $99 and are on sale now by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com