Jan. 28, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse seniors – Jack Near (M), Conor Doyle (A) and Nick Ossello (M) – recently were selected in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft.
The Rochester Rattlers picked Near in the first round with the seventh overall selection. Doyle went to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the sixth round (43rd overall), while the Denver Outlaws picked Ossello in the eighth round (60th overall).
Near (Bronxville, New York) copped honorable mention All-America accolades last season as he recorded nine goals, six assists and 30 ground balls. The short-stick defensive midfielder had at least one point in seven of Notre Dame’s last eight games. He assisted on Matt Kavanagh’s game-winning tally against Maryland in the ACC semifinals and he scored what proved to be the deciding goal in the 15-14 victory over Syracuse in the conference tournament title game.
Doyle (Towson, Maryland) has played in 49 games, including 47 starts, and has registered 100 points on 64 goals and 36 assists during his Fighting Irish career. Last season, he produced career-high marks for goals (31) and assists (19) along with scooping up a career-best 29 ground balls. He had nine multiple-goal games, including two four-goal efforts and one three-goal performance. Doyle will bring a team-best 21-game point streak into the 2015 campaign.
Ossello (Wheat Ridge, Colorado) has produced 18 goals and seven assists in 46 career games with the Fighting Irish. He also has scooped up 91 ground balls and has gone 154-of-314 (.490) in faceoff attempts. In 2014, he played in all 18 games and registered career-high totals for goals (13) and points (16).
That trio and the rest of the Fighting Irish squad will open the 2015 season Feb. 14 with a home tilt versus Georgetown. Notre Dame is No. 2 in the Inside Lacrosse and USILA preseason rankings.
Notre Dame finished the 2014 campaign with a 12-6 record after appearing in the NCAA Championship for the ninth straight season. The Irish advanced to Championship Weekend for the third time in the last five seasons and for the fourth time overall in program history. Notre Dame fell to Duke, 11-9, in the national title game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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