Hopkins' Rabil top MLL pick

Pro lacrosse

May 30, 2008|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Reporter

A little more than two days after scoring a career-high six goals in Monday's NCAA men's final loss to Syracuse, Johns Hopkins senior Paul Rabil was being celebrated as the No. 1 pick in the Major Lacrosse League draft.

The Boston Cannons on Wednesday night selected Rabil, who scored a team-high 36 goals and had 14 assists. He was a three-time first-team U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American and the 2007 McLaughlin Award winner as the nation's top midfielder. He joined Kyle Harrison (2005) as Hopkins players selected No. 1 overall.

Rabil was one of four Blue Jays taken in the top 17 of the 50-man draft: midfielder Stephen Peyser (No. 4, Chicago); defenseman Matt Bocklet (No. 15, Washington); and attackman Kevin Huntley (No. 17, San Francisco).

New Jersey acquired Peyser and the 21st and 30th picks for Syracuse attackman Mike Leveille and the 23nd pick. Los Angeles traded a player and the No. 25 pick for Huntley and a 2009 first-round choice.

Long Island took Towson attackman Jonathan Engelke at No. 40.

william.free@baltsun.com

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