Jan. 13, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame defenseman Stephen O’Hara was selected by the Ohio Machine with the first pick of the sixth round (41st overall) of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Draft, which was held Friday in Philadelphia, Pa.
O’Hara (West Chester, Pa./St. Joe’s Prep) has started every game over the last two seasons in Notre Dame’s close defense, which has been one of the best in the nation over that time. The Fighting Irish allowed just 8.31 goals per game last season. That mark ranked 10th nationally and the Irish were first in 2012 after notching a 6.31 goals-against average. O’Hara, a Fighting Irish team captain, was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team last season.
The draft consisted of eight rounds and 64 total selections. Notre Dame has produced 25 MLL Collegiate Draft picks in the past nine years.
Notre Dame will open its 2014 campaign Feb. 16 at Jacksonville. The Irish are entering their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Fighting Irish posted an 11-5 record last season and earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championship. Notre Dame defeated five top-10 teams and concluded the regular season with the nation’s top RPI before advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fourth straight season.
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