Ryan McNamara and Andy DeMichiei joined the ranks of Marquette Golden Eagles drafted to play professional lacrosse on Sunday when both men were selected in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Draft. McNamara went #49 overall to the Rochester Rattlers, while DeMichiei was taken with the 80th overall pick by the Ohio Machine.
The pair join four former Marquette players already in the MLL: Liam Byrnes, Conor Gately, B.J. Grill, and Jacob Richard, with McNamara literally joining Gately in Rochester. McNamara and DeMichiei are the fourth and fifth Golden Eagles ever selected in the MLL Draft, as Gately was a supplemental draft selection by the Rattlers in December.
McNamara is the most decorated player in Marquette history as the program’s first ever two-time All-American. He’s also the program’s all-time leader in goals, points, game winning goals, and shots, as well as single season leader in goals and points, both of which he set during his junior season.
It might be McNamara with the career and season record, but it’s DeMichiei who holds the Marquette record for goals in a game. The Pittsburgh native turned a 2016 visit to St. John’s into The Andy DeMichiei Game as he scored seven goals to help the Golden Eagles rally for an 11-7 victory. The 2017 All-Big East Second Teamer capped off his collegiate career with 16 goals and 16 assists to rank fifth all time in program history in goals and points.
DeMichiei could make his MLL Debut this coming weekend when Ohio visits the Chesapeake Bayhawks, while McNamara will have to wait until June 10th when those same Bayhawks come to Rochester.