Record Three Colonials Selected in NLL Draft
Monday, October 17, 2011
Pittsburgh – The Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse squad had a program-record three former Colonials selected in the recent National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft, giving RMU seven draftees in the past six years of the program.
The Colonials’ top three all-time leading scorers, Trevor Moore, Patrick Smith and Corbyn Tao-Brambleby, were all snatched up by teams within the first four rounds. The trio of selections tied Robert Morris with Syracuse University for the most selections from one NCAA school within the first four rounds of the 2011 Draft.
After former Colonial midfielder Jordon Sealock was chosen by Calgary in the 2010 Draft, Robert Morris has also earned NLL Draft selections in back-to-back years forthe first time in program history. RMU was also the lone Northeast Conference (NEC) school to have any individuals selected in the 2011 NLL Draft.
Moore,who was a fourth-round pick by the Washington Stealth, left RMU as the most decorated student-athlete, and top career scorer, in program history. He earned the first All-America honors in school history after the 2010 season and duplicated the feat again after his senior campaign. The two-time NEC Player of the Year had arguably the best offensive season among all Division I players in 2011 as he led the nation in goals per game, throwing in a single-season school record 50 scores in just 15 games to average well over a hat trick per contest (3.33). He also notched a single-season school record 61 points and finished fifth nationally in points per game with 4.07.
Moorewill leave RMU as the most prolific scorer in program history as he holds career records in goals (134), assists (61) and points (195). His 134 scores ranked him second nationally among active players in career goals when his season ended. He owns three of the top six single-season point totals in school history and had five career seven-point games, a school record. Moore posted 21hat tricks in his career, tied for the program record, and also finished firstall-time in game-winning goals (7) and ninth in school history in ground balls (82).
“Trevor is a great goal scorer with great hands, and he has showed that both at the collegiate level and playing box lacrosse in [British Columbia],” Washington head coach Chris Hall said. “We are really happy with our left side, but he was too good to pass up at [this spot].”
Smith, who was a fourth-round pick of the Minnesota Swarm, left Robert Morris as the program’s all-time leader in games played with 64 while also showcasing top-notch offensive skills. The two-year captain posted career highs in both goals and points in his final season as a Colonial, tallying 34 and 47, respectively, to rank 15th nationally in goals per game and 26th nationally in points per game. Smith was twice honored in the NEC’s Player of the Week category and registered one of the best offensive performances in school history in the regular-season finale to help RMU clinch its first postseason berth in school history. He exploded for eight points, including putting home six goals, becoming just the third Colonial in program history to hit either of those marks in a single contest.
Smith completed his career with an even 100 goals and 145 points, marks which both stand third in program history. He holds three of the highest top 10single-season point outputs in RMU history.
“Pat cared enough about the league that he actually spent this summer playing in western Canada in their Senior A League with the Nanaimo Timbermen,” Swarm Co-owner Andy Arlotta said. “And he ended up playing quite a bit because some injuries occurred.”
Tao-Brambleby was RMU’s highest selection, a second-round pick and 12th overall, and joined his Colonial teammate Smith in being drafted by the Swarm. Tao-Brambleby posted 25 goals and 15 helpers in his final season while registering a career-best 34 ground balls. At one point during his senior season, Tao-Brambleby held the career lead in goals at RMU before Moore surpassed him later in the year. He became the first Colonial to earn three conference player of the week honors in his career when he claimed an award from the NEC in March. Tao-Brambleby scored a then school record 41 goals during his junior season when he led the nation in shooting percentage, scoring on 53.2 percent of his shots.
Tao-Brambleby finished his time at RMU second in both career goals (116) and career points (164) and is one of just seven Colonials to have reached the 100-ground ball plateau in his career. He owns the RMU record for career man-up goals with 20 and also holds three of the highest top 10 single-season goal totals in program history.
“Corbyn’sgot a ton of energy,” Swarm Assistant General Manager Joe Sullivan said. “He’snot the biggest guy, but he is going to cause a ton of issues for other teams on defense. He’s relentless and likes to play with a little bit of a chip onhis shoulder.”
While Smith and Tao-Brambleby are slated to once again be teammates, they could likely join up with another former Colonial at Minnesota, Andrew Watt. Watt was a 2008 draft pick and has played at least 13 games in each of his three seasons thus far with Minnesota. He posted career highs in both goals (16) and points (21) for the Swarm in 2011.
Two other former Colonials, Jeff Gilbert and Sealock, competed in the NLL in 2011 as Gilbert played in 15 games with the Toronto Rock while Sealock saw action with the Calgary Roughnecks.
Michael Fleming,a seventh Colonial to be drafted into the NLL, was selected in the same 2008 draft as Watt.
Robert Morris earned its first postseason berth in school history in 2011 and also became the first Division I program since 1997 to lead the nation in scoring offense in back-to-back seasons. The Colonials also knocked off a nationally ranked opponent for the first time in school history, handing NCAA Tournament participant Bucknell one of its two regulation losses of the season.
ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.