TORONTO, Ontario – Former Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse standout Zach Herreweyers was picked in the first round of the 2016 National Lacrosse League (NLL) draft on Monday night, becoming the first Greyhounds player selected in the opening round since 2001.
Herreweyers was the ninth overall selection by the Colorado Mammouth in the draft that took place at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre. He is the first Loyola player selected in the first round since Gavin Prout was the No. 1 pick of the New York Saints in 2001.
His countryman and classmate, Tyler Albrecht, was a fourth-round pick and the 34th overall selection by the Rochester Knighthawks.
Herreweyers, a native of London, Ontario, recorded 103 goals and 116 points in 42 career games for the Greyhounds from 2013-2016. As a senior in 2016, Herreweyers scored 37 goals and helped the Greyhounds reach the NCAA Semifinals where he scored three times in his final collegiate game against the University of North Carolina.
After missing two full games and large chunks of two others, Herreweyers, scored 26 goals in Loyola’s last eight games of the season. He finished his career with 21 hat tricks, recording three or more goals in exactly half of the contests he played for Loyola.
Herreweyers’ 103 career goals rank ninth in Loyola history. He was an All-Patriot League First Team honoree in 2015 when he led the conference in goals (47) and finished seventh in NCAA Division I in goals per game (3.13).
He is the 10th player in Loyola history to be selected in the first round of the NLL draft (including the former Major Indoor Lacrosse League, 1988-95).
A four-year midfielder for the Greyhounds and three-year starter, Albrecht saw action in 57 games from 2013-2016, starting 42. He wrapped up his career with 53 goals and 14 assists for 67 points after scoring 18 goals during the 2016 campaign.
Albrecht, a native of Oakville, Ontario, posted a career-high 23 goals and five assists during the 2015 season, and he was also an excellent player off the ground for Loyola. He picked up 91 ground balls during his career, including 35 as a junior in 2015 and 24 during 2016 as a senior.