Jan. 14, 2009
Notre Dame, Ind – Three 2008 Notre Dame graduates recently were selected in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Supplemental Draft. In the first round, Taylor Clagett was chosen by the Los Angeles Riptide, while Ross Zimmerman was tabbed by the San Francisco Dragons in the third round and Alex Wharton went to the Washington Bayhawks in the seventh round.
Clagett, a four time Monogram winner, was selected by the Riptide in May’s MLL Draft, yet did not appear in any games during the 2008 campaign. The midfielder was one of the nation’s top faceoff specialists during his Fighting Irish career. He finished the 2008 season ranked fourth in all of NCAA Division I with a .619 (203-328) winning percentage. For his career, he posted a .602 winning percentage (624-1036) in addition to notching eight points on five goals and three assists in 54 games.
Zimmerman, a four time Monogram winner, was a key cog in a Notre Dame defense that ranked fourth nationally with a school-record 6.66 goals allowed per game during his junior season and fifth nationally (7.04) as a senior. The defenseman never missed a game during his collegiate career as he appeared in 58 contests, including 45 starts. Zimmerman received all-Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) first-team honors as a senior in 2008 after copping second-team accolades as a junior.
Wharton, an attackman, produced a breakout senior season. The two time Monogram winner led the Fighting Irish in points (53) and assists (32) to go along with 21 goals. All of those numbers were career-high marks and helped the Irish rank fifth nationally in scoring offense (12.09 goals per game) and advance to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals. For his stellar season, Wharton earned all-GWLL second-team honors. During his career, he played in 43 games, including 27 starts, and totaled 75 points on 31 goals and 44 assists.