Terps' Walters Goes No. 1 Overall in 2006 MLL Draft

Former Terrapin men's lacrosse All-American Joe Walters was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft Wednesday night in Fairfield, Conn. Walters, a Rochester, N.Y., native, was selected by his hometown team, the Rochester Rattlers.

Walters, the 2006 Attackman of the Year and one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, is Maryland's all-time leader in points and goals with 227 and 153, respectively, and was the active career leader among Division I players in both statistical categories in 2006. This past season, Walters led the Terps with 60 points on 36 goals and 24 assists, becoming the first Maryland player to lead the team in total points in each of his four years. Prior to the draft, Walters was named the MVP of the Warrior Major League Challenge after scoring five goals, including a two-pointer, and adding an assist.

Two-time first team All-American Bill McGlone was also a first round selection, going to the Baltimore Bayhawks with the fifth overall selection. McGlone was the only repeat first team All-American after scoring 33 points on 22 goals and 11 assists, which ranked him third on the team behind Walters and Xander Ritz. The Swarthmore, Pa., native was also named to the All-ACC team for the second time and was a preseason first team All-American by Inside Lacrosse magazine. McGlone scored a goal and added two assists in the Warrior Major League Challenge.

The Bayhawks also selected Maryland's Brendan Healy with their first selection in the second round, the 13th overall pick. Healy a three-time All-American was one of the fastest players in college lacrosse and will be a consistent threat in the fast paced, up and down style of Major League Lacrosse, according to majorleaguelacrosse.com. He scored 14 of his 21 goals in Maryland's last seven games and finished fourth on the team in points and goals with 32 and 21, respectively.

The final Terp to be selected was Ritz, who was a third-round selection (27th overall) by the Philadelphia Barrage. Ritz, a native of Wayne, Pa., scored a career-best 46 points on 34 goals and 12 assists. That goal total is 18 more than his previous season-best of 16 as a freshman at Delaware. He scored 10 of his 34 goals on extra-man opportunities, helping the Terps to a .500 extra-man conversion percentage that was third in the nation.

Walters, McGlone, Healy and Ritz will all play their first professional games this Saturday, June 3. Walters' Rochester Rattlers will travel to the West Coast to play the Los Angeles Riptide. McGlone and Healy will suit up for the Bayhawks when they play at the Denver Outlaws. Ritz and the Barrage will host the New Jersey Pride.

[Additional press releases appear below the draft list that follows.]

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Round 1
1 Rochester (from Chicago) - A Joe Walters (Maryland)
2 Baltimore (from Denver) - M Kyle Dixon (Virginia)
3 Chicago (from San Francisco) - A Sean Morris (UMass)
4 Baltimore (from Rochester [from LA]) - A Matt Ward (Virginia)
5 Baltimore (from Denver [from NJ]) - M Bill McGlone (Maryland)
6 Philadelphia - M Matt Zash (Duke)
7 Chicago (from Rochester) - D Michael Culver (Virginia)
8 Rochester (from Boston) - A Chris Unterstein (Hofstra)
9 Philadelphia (from Long IslandI) - M Greg Peyser (Johns Hopkins)
10 Rochester (from San Francisco [from Balt]) - D Jack Reid (UMass)

Round 2
11 Los Angeles - D D. J. Driscoll (Notre Dame)
12 Boston (from San Francisco) - M Matt Poskay (Virginia)
13 Baltimore (from Denver) - M Brendan Healy (Maryland)
14 Boston (from Chicago) - A Brett Bucktooth (Syracuse)
15 Baltimore (Compensatory pick) - M John Keysor (Hofstra)
16 Chicago (from New Jersey) - M Joe Boulukos (Cornell)
17 Denver (from LI [From Phil]) - M Geoff Snider (Denver)
18 Denver (from Rochester) - D Brett Moyer (Hofstra)
19 San Francisco (from Boston) - A Joe Yevoli (Syracuse)
20 Denver (from LI [from Phil {from LI}]) - M Casey Cittadino (Towson)
21 Denver (from Baltimore) - A Brendan Mundorf (UMBC)

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