May 28, 2017
By Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse standouts Sergio Perkovic and Garrett Epple, both USILA First Team All-Americans in 2017, were selected in the first two rounds in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft held in Boston.
The Boston Cannons made Perkovic, the most decorated midfielder in Notre Dame history, the second overall pick and the first midfielder selected. In the second round the Atlanta Blaze took Epple off the board with the No. 18 pick overall.
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Perkovic is the highest selection in program history for the Irish in the MLL Draft, besting former teammate Matt Landis by one spot as Landis was the third overall selection in 2016. Previous Irish first-round picks were Mike Podgajny (seventh overall) in 2008, Zach Brenneman (fifth overall), 2011 and Jack Near (seventh overall) in 2015, the aforementioned Landis (third overall) in 2016 and Matt Kavanagh (fifth overall) in 2016.
The Florida Launch selected Brown attackman Dylan Molloy with the first pick in the 2017 MLL Draft.
Perkovic (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) started 62 games during his career at Notre Dame. Earlier this season the senior became the seventh player in program history to reach the 100-goal milestone. Perkovic ended his career with 111 goals, which represent the most ever by a Notre Dame midfielder. Perkovic turned in the greatest goal-scoring performance of his illustrious career in an 11-10 win over Marquette on April 11 during his senior season, as he scored a career-high six goals to will the Irish to victory.
Perkovic was selected as a Senior Class Award first team member and earned a spot as one of the final 25 Tewaaraton Award nominees. The senior is a three-time ACC All-Academic recipient. Perkovic also served on the NCAA Competition Oversight Committee as the lone student representative in 2015-16.
Epple (Cockeysville, Maryland) was a staple in the Irish defense during the 2017 campaign. The senior led the team in caused turnovers with 27 and ground balls with 47 over Notre Dame’s 15 games during the 2017 season. Epple earned two ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season for the job he did against Michigan (February 26) and No. 1 Maryland (March 4).
The defenseman’s best performance of the season came against the Terrapins. Epple shut down Maryland’s prolific attackman Matt Rambo, holding him scoreless in the game, and caused four turnovers.
Here’s a complete history of previous Notre Dame MLL Draft selections:
|2006||DJ Driscoll||2nd||Los Angeles|
|Pat Walsh||4th||Long Island|
|2007||Brian Hubschmann||5th||Long Island|
|2008||Mike Podgajny||1st (7th)||San Francisco|
|Joey Kemp||3rd||Los Angeles|
|Taylor Clagett||5th||Los Angeles|
|Regis McDermott||3rd||Long Island|
|2011||Zach Brenneman||1st (5th)||Long Island|
|Sam Barnes||5th||Long Island|
|Steve Murphy||7th||New York|
|2015||Jack Near||1st (7th)||Rochester|
|2016||Matt Landis||1st (3rd)||Florida|
|Matt Kavanagh||1st (5th)||Denver|
|2017||Sergio Perkovic||1st (2nd)||Boston|
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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men’s lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.