May 28, 2009
HOBOKEN, N.J. – Two Notre Dame men’s lacrosse players were selected during the 2009 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft on Wednesday evening at Stevens Institute of Technology. Attackman Ryan Hoff was taken by the Chicago Machine with the first pick in the third round (17th overall pick), while his classmate Regis McDermott, a defenseman, also went in the third round to the Long Island Lizards with the 24th selection overall in the draft.
Hoff (Baldwin, Md./Dulaney) earned All-America honors for the second straight season as he was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America third team last week. The attackman led the Irish in goals for the third straight season as he notched 32 tallies. He was a key reason why the Notre Dame offense ranked in the top 10 nationally this season by averaging 11 goals a game. Hoff produced nine multiple-goal games, including a six-goal effort against Ohio State in the title game of the GWLL tournament. Hoff scored three or more goals in a game five times on the season. He notched a six-point effort on five goals and an assist in a 13-7 win over Vermont and registered a hat trick in a 9-7 win over No. 3 North Carolina. Hoff concluded his career ranked second on Notre Dame’s all-time career goals list with 134. The three-time All-GWLL first-team selection played in a program-record 63 games during his career.
McDermott (Amityville, N.Y./Chaminade) also copped third-team All-America accolades from the USILA this season. The Long Island native helped anchor a defense that ranked first nationally with a 6.19 goals-against average, which eclipsed the Irish record of 6.66 from 2007. Notre Dame did not surrender more than nine goals in a game this season and the Irish held opponents to seven goals or fewer on 12 occasions. McDermott, a team captain, led the Irish with 53 ground balls. That also was a career-high total. McDermott was a first-team All-GWLL pick this season.
The Fighting Irish produced one of the top seasons in program history during the 2009 campaign. Notre Dame finished with a 15-1 mark, which established program records for wins and winning percentage for a single season. The Irish posted the first undefeated regular season in team history and captured their second consecutive Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) tournament title in addition to making their fourth straight NCAA Championship appearance.
The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program has produced 12 MLL draft picks in the past four years.