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NLL Rookie Watch – 2018 Review

The September National Lacrosse League entry draft feels like a lifetime ago as a slew of new prospects were welcomed in. I last checked in on the 2018 first round crop back in mid-January, and now that the regular season is winding down it’s time to review the rookie class’ inaugural campaign.


As a refresher:


First Round – 2018 NLL Draft


  1. Buffalo – Josh Byrne (Hofstra University)
  2. Rochester – Jake Withers (Ohio State University)
  3. Calgary – Zach Currier Princeton University
  4. Georgia (from New England) – Zed Williams (University of Virginia)
  5. Rochester (from Colorado) – Austin Shanks (Ohio State University)
  6. Rochester (from Vancouver) – Eric Fannell (Ohio State University)
  7. Georgia (from Toronto) – Trade to New England – Colton Watkinson (Limestone College)
  8. New England (from Saskatchewan) – Anthony Joaquim (St. Joseph’s University)
  9. Georgia – To Calgary – Tyler Pace (University of Denver)
  10. New England (from Georgia) (compensatory selection) – JP Kealey (Robert Morris University)
  11. Calgary (compensatory selection) – Ryan Martel (Langley Thunder)

Complete draft results: http://bit.ly/2ymqjqs


IL Indoor’s Stephen Stamp and I discussed the progress of some of these first year players as well as Rookie Of The Year candidates:






Andy McNamara has been a play-by-play commentator for the NLL on TSN, NLLTV.com, and world lacrosse tournaments since 2011. He’s also a sport talk host and anchor on TSN 1050 sports radio. Follow Andy on twitter @AndyMc81.