Jan. 10, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - Virginia senior defenseman Scott McWilliams was selected No. 8 overall in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Boston Cannons. McWilliams’ name was called from the podium Friday night inside the Liberty Ballroom at the Philadelphia Marriott.
Also selected on Friday night was midfielder Rob Emery and attackman Mark Cockerton. The Cannons selected Emery in the third round with the 17th overall pick. The Rattlers picked Cockerton in the seventh round with the 56th overall selection.
McWilliams gives UVa a first round selection in six straight seasons and the Cavaliers’ 17 all-time first round selections in the MLL Draft is more than any school in the nation. The McWilliams pick snapped a tie with Syracuse at 16.
Virginia now has 44 all-time selections in the MLL Draft, which trails only Syracuse (48) for the most in the nation all-time.
McWilliams, a senior defenseman from Mountain Lakes, N.J., is a two-time USILA All-American. McWilliams finished No. 2 in the nation with 36 caused turnovers in 2013. He caused at least one turnover in 14 of UVa’s 15 games. McWilliams has picked up 97 career ground balls and has scored two career goals and assisted five more.
Emery, a senior from San Francisco, Calif., is a two-time USILA All-American and a member of the 2013 ACC All-Academic team. Emery is tied for No. 15 all-time at UVa among midfielder goal-scorers with 59 career tallies.
Cockerton, a senior from Oshawa, Ontario, led the nation in goals scored (49) during the 2013 regular season. The third-team USILA All-American posted the fourth-best goal-scoring season in UVa history with his tally of 49 in 2013.
The Hamilton Nationals in the 2013 draft selected Chris LaPierre
, who received a medical hardship during the 2013 season. The Nationals moved to the Sunshine State and became the Florida Launch. The Launch retains LaPierre’s rights until his eligibility is concluded. The Ohio Machine in the 2013 draft selected senior defenseman Joseph Lisicky
, who transferred to Virginia from Lynchburg College in the fall. The Machine retains the rights to Lisicky after taking him in the sixth round and No. 41 overall. Lisicky missed 2013 with the Hornets because of an injury and came to UVa for graduate school to utilize his final year of eligibility.