Dec. 16, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three former University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse All-Americans were selected in Tuesday’s Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Supplemental Draft. Defenseman Regis McDermott (`09), goalie Joey Kemp (`08) and midfielder Michael Podgajny (`08) all heard their names called.
McDermott (Amityville, N.Y.) was taken by the Toronto Nationals with the first pick in the fifth round, which was the 25th selection overall. The Long Island native was a third-team All-American during his senior season at Notre Dame. He helped anchor an Irish defense that ranked first nationally during the 2009 campaign with a 6.19 goals-against average. McDermott also led the Irish with 53 ground balls that season. The Long Island Lizards selected McDermott in the third round of the 2009 MLL Collegiate Draft.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks chose Kemp (Potomac, Md.) in the seventh round with the 42nd pick overall. During his senior campaign at Notre Dame, Kemp became just the second first-team All-American in program history as he received the 2008 Kelly Award for Outstanding Goalie in Division I from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). Kemp, a three-time All-American, concluded his Fighting Irish career as the program record holder in career victories (40), goals-against average (7.20), saves (633), minutes played for a goaltender (3189:46) and games started for a goaltender (56). He went to the Los Angeles Riptide in the third round of the 2008 MLL Collegiate Draft.
The Denver Outlaws selected Podgajny (Ridley Park, Pa.) in the eighth round with the 45th overall pick. In 2008, Podgajny became the first MLL Collegiate Draft first-round pick in the history of the Fighting Irish program as he went to the San Francisco Dragons with the seventh overall selection. During his Fighting Irish career, Podgajny tallied 68 goals and 36 assists in 53 games en route to earning All-America accolades twice.
Each of the league’s six teams had 12 picks in Tuesday’s supplemental draft. Beginning today, teams may begin to claim remaining players to fill out their 40-man active roster. Major League Lacrosse will hold its 2011 Collegiate Draft on Friday, Jan. 21 in Baltimore, Md.