The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the top professional indoor lacrosse circuit in the country, held its annual draft last night in Toronto, and Connecticut’s entry in the league, the New England Black Wolves, held six overall picks. With their top pick—No. 8 overall—the Black Wolves selected With the eighth overall pick in the 2015 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, the New England Black Wolves selected Dan Lintner out of Cornell. In four years with the Big Red, Lintner registered 88 goals and 96 points in 51 games. He had 47 goals as a junior, the 10th highest single-season goal total in Cornell lacrosse history. This past season, the 5-9, 185-lb. forward from Courtice, Ontario, finished with 30 goals, including eight multiple-goal games.
“It’s a dream come true growing up, and it finally happened,” said Lintner, who had 17 hat tricks over the past two seasons at Cornell. “When you start playing lacrosse, this is what you want to do. You want to get here. It’s pretty exciting.”
Litner led the Whitby Warriors of the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League in scoring during the 2010-11 season. A three-time selection to the Ontario Box all-star team, Litner led the Warriors to four Ontario Box championships and three Team Ontario Lacrosse Box Gold championships. Most recently, Lintner scored 19 goals and dished out 25 assists in 16 games with the Brooklin Redmen of Major Series Lacrosse (MSL), a senior box lacrosse circuit in Ontario, in 2015.
The Wolves did not have a second round pick, but selected twice in the third round. With the 22nd overall pick, the Black Wolves selected Mike MacDonald of Princeton. A native of Georgetown, Ontario, MacDonald set a Tigers record for points in a season with 78 (49 goals, 30 assists) as a senior. The Co-Ivy League Player of the Year in 2015, MacDonald finished his career at Princeton with 132 goals, third all-time in program history, and 76 assists. Then, with the No. 28 overall pick, New England selected Philip Caputo. A member of the Brampton Excelsiors at various levels since 2012, Caputo had 31 goals and 27 assists for 58 points in 19 games for the Excelsiors’ Junior A squad in the 2015 regular season, and then went on to register seven goals, and assists for a 27-point performance in nine playoff games.
With the No. 37 overall pick, New England selected Brooker Muir from the Brampton Excelsiors of the Ontario Junior A league. In 15 games with Brampton this season, the defenseman recorded five goals and seven assists while picking up 33 penalty minutes. Next up, the Wolves tabbed Ryan MacSpayden of the Toronto Beaches with the No. 41 overall pick. In 20 games in Ontario Junior A with Toronto in 2015, MacSpadyen had 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points.
Finally, with the No 48 overall pick, the Wolves chose Whitby, Ontario native Jordi Jones-Smith. A member of the Whitby Warriors in Ontario Junior B since 2013, Jones-Smith played in 20 games in 2015 with one goal, one assist and six penalty minutes.
The Black Wolves open the 2016 NLL season Jan. 9 in Vancouver before returning to Connecticut on Friday, Jan. 15 for their home opener against the Calgary Roughnecks. Game time is at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 1-844-LAX-WOLF (529-9653), e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and online at www.blackwolves.com.