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Two former Colonials Drafted into Major League Lacrosse

Monday, December 19, 2011

Pittsburgh -- For the first time in school history, the Robert Morris University men's lacrosse program had former Colonials selected in a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft as Trevor Moore and Patrick Smith were both chosen in the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft held earlier this week.

Moore was picked in the 10th round by the Chesapeake Bayhawks while Smith was taken in the 12th round by the Ohio Machine. This RMU duo accounted for half of the four selections from Northeast Conference (NEC) schools as Moore and Smith were the first two picks drafted from the league.

These selections come on the heels of Robert Morris having a program-record three Colonials taken in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft earlier this fall. That trio of picks tied Robert Morris with Syracuse University for the most selections from one NCAA school within the first four rounds of the 2011 Draft.

Moore 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.

Moore will 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 seven-point games in his career, a school record. Moore posted 21 hat tricks in his career, tied for the program record, and also finished first all-time in game-winning goals (7) and ninth in school history in ground balls (82).

Smith 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 10 single-season point outputs in RMU history.

With these two selections, former RMU student-athletes have now claimed nine draft picks into professional lacrosse leagues within the past six years.

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.

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.