Foxboro, Mass. - May 28, 2017 - On Sunday afternoon, Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.) was selected by the Boston Cannons with the 77th pick of the 2017 Major League Lacrosse(MLL) Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade Lacrosse at Toby Keith's Bar and Grill in Foxboro, Mass. on the campus of Patriot Place. Dooley and will now play in the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league in the country.
The Setauket, N.Y. native was taken with the fifth pick of the ninth round, as the 77th overall player selected. He was one of just three Division III players taken in the draft, as Charlie Fay from Bates went to the Cannons with the 59th pick, while Boston selected Endicott's Tommy Hughes with the 86th pick.
"I couldn't be happier for Brendan to earn the opportunity to play professionally," said head coach Keith Bugbee. "Brendan has the physical tools to compete at the highest level, and I'm certain that his ability to be a two-way midfielder will only benefit him as he continues his development playing against some of the best players in the world."
Dooley is now the fourth player from the Springfield men's lacrosse program to make it to the MLL. Jake Beebe was selected by the Boston Cannons in the MLL Collegiate Draft in 2009, Adam Cost was chosen by the Chicago Machine in the 2006 MLL Supplemental Draft, while Jeremy Platt, although undrafted, was on the Boston Cannons roster as a goalkeeper.
MLL is the only professional sports league that requires players to exhaust their NCAA eligibility prior to entering the draft. After graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice several weeks ago, the post-season accolades have poured in for Dooley. In addition to repeating as New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Year, he was selected to play in the annual USILA North/South Senior All-Star Game, the NEILA East/West All-Star Game, was an ECAC All-Star First Team selection, as well as earned his fourth NEWMAC All-Conference First Team honor.
Dooley had another incredible season in helping Springfield reach the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the 10th-consecutive season. He has notched 27 caused turnovers and 39 ground balls to go along with 10 goals and eight assists as a short stick defensive midfielder. He finished his four-year college career with 28 goals, 23 assists, 77 caused turnovers, and 186 ground balls.