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Grant Halford Selected By San Jose In 2005 NLL Draft

Aug. 30, 2005

Baltimore, Md. - Grant Halford was selected 47th overall in the 2005 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Draft held in Edmonton, Canada. A senior captain at Loyola last season, Halford was chosen by the San Jose Stealth in yesterday's fifth round.

"Grant is the ultimate team player," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "He is a hard-nosed, big-hitting, athletic lacrosse player who just loves to play."

As leader of Loyola's defensive unit, Halford played in every game over his four-year college career, starting every game his junior and senior seasons. Last year, he lifted the Greyhound defense to its No. 11 national ranking, picking up 30 groundballs to give him 81 for his career. He also scored a goal at Penn on April 23 and closed out his Loyola career with nine total goals.

Halford, a local product from Lutherville, Md., graduated with a degree in business administration last spring. He came to Loyola from St. Paul's School and started nine games his freshman year. He began his college career at midfield and scored three goals in a big win over Towson in 2002. After two seasons at midfield, Halford moved to defense and became a staple Loyola's stingy back line. As team captain in 2005, Halford's defensive unit allowed single-digit goal totals in nine of Loyola's 13 games.

San Jose finished fifth in last season's Western Division Standings, winning four games against 12 losses. The Stealth are one of six Western Division programs (with the recent expansion to Portland) and are one of 11 National Lacrosse League teams. The season runs from January to April and has its All-Star and Championship Games broadcast by NBC.

Georgetown's Brodie Merrill was the first pick in the 2005 NLL Draft. Listed below are all 67 draft choices.

2005 National Lacrosse League Draft

FIRST ROUND
1. Portland - Brodie Merrill (Georgetown University)
2. Rochester (from Edmonton) - Shawn Evans (Bellarmine University)
3. Philadelphia (from San Jose) - Sean Greenhalgh (Cornell University)
4. Philadelphia (from Minnesota) - Luke Wiles (University of Delaware)
5. Arizona (from Anaheim via Buffalo) - Matt Brown (Denver University)
6. San Jose (from Philadelphia) - Matt Vinc (Canisius College)
7. Colorado - Dan Carey (Canisius College)
8. San Jose (from Rochester) - Jeff Zywicki (UMass)
9. Philadelphia (from Buffalo via Minnesota) - Chad Thompson (Brock University)
10. Buffalo (from Arizona) - Jeff Shatler (Brampton Jr. A)
11. San Jose (from Toronto via Buffalo) - Ed Brown (Middlebury College)

SECOND ROUND
12. Rochester (from Vancouver) - Scott Ditzell (Syracuse)
13. Buffalo (from Portland via Calgary) - Roger Vyse (Limestone College)*
14. Edmonton - Mike McLellan (Mercyhurst College)*** 15. Toronto (from Minnesota) - Tyler Gibbons (Owen Sound Jr. B)
16. Colorado (from Philadelphia) - Ryan Marshall (Duke University)**
17. Minnesota (from Colorado) - Nolan Heavenor (Limestone College)
18. Calgary - Callum Crawford (Dowling College)
19. San Jose (from Rochester) - Jarret Park (Syracuse University)
20. Calgary (from Buffalo) - Andy Secore (Six Nations Jr. A)
21. Buffalo (from Arizona) - Mike Poulin (Orangeville Jr. A)
22. Philadelphia (from Toronto via Rochester via Philadelphia via Anaheim) - Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins University)****

THIRD ROUND
23. Minnesota (from Portland) - Nathan Gilchrist (Six Nations Jr. A)*****
24. Edmonton - Greg Whitenect (Edmonton Jr. A)
25. San Jose - Tony Frick (Brown University)
26. Rochester (from Minnesota) - Jonathan Durno (Brooklin Ontario Major)
27. Philadelphia - Benson Erwin (Johns Hopkins University)
28. Colorado - Shawn Williams (Surrey Jr. A)
29. Portland (from Calgary) - Aaron Bold (Victoria Jr. A)******
30. Edmonton (from Rochester via Minnesota) - Shane Pederson (Victoria Jr. A)
31. Arizona (from Buffalo via Edmonton) - Jon Niziol (Brooklin Ontario Major)***
32. Toronto - Cam Monroe (Kitchener-Waterloo Jr. A)
33. Toronto (from Vancouver) - Chet Koneczny (Onangeville Jr. A)

FOURTH ROUND
34. Calgary (from Portland) - Ryan Tasker (Surrey Jr. A)******
35. Edmonton - Brad Rennie (Elmira College)
36. San Jose - Daryl Seymour (Bucknell University)
37. Minnesota - Nate Andres (Whitby Jr. A)
38. Minnesota (from Philadelphia) - Tyler Perry (Whitby Jr. A)
39. Colorado - Scott Davidson (University of Denver)
40. Calgary - Brett Christensen (Calgary Jr. A)
41. Rochester - Ryan Dryburgh (Kitchener-Waterloo Jr. A)
42. Buffalo - Ian Llord (St. Catharines Jr. A)
43. Arizona - Travis Fowlie (Elora Jr. B)
44. Toronto - Sean Felstead (Brampton Jr. A)

FIFTH ROUND
45. Portland - Jed Prossner (University of North Carolina)
46. Edmonton - Jon Maresse (Edmonton Jr. A)
47. San Jose - Grant Halford (Loyola College)
48. Minnesota - Dean Hill (Spartan Jr. B)
49. Philadelphia - John Christmas (University of Virginia)
50. Colorado - Andy Glenn (Peterborough Jr. A)
51. Calgary - Andrew Kirkadly (Calgary Jr. A)
52. Rochester - Greg McIntyre (Peterborough Jr. A)
53. Buffalo - Kyle Schmelze (Niagara Jr. B)
54. Arizona - Mike Noble (Orangeville Jr. A)
55. Toronto - Nick Inch (Kitchener-Waterloo Jr. A)

SIXTH ROUND
56. Portland - Shane Chalker (Victoria Jr. A)
57. Edmonton - Kyle Dupont (Peterborough Jr. A)
58. San Jose - Will Patton (UCSB)
59. Minnesota - Mike Leong (Surrey Jr. A)
60. Edmonton (from Anaheim via Rochester) - Aaron Davis (Coquitlam Ontario Major)*******
61. Toronto (from Philadelphia) - Travis Gault (Orangeville Jr. A)*********
62. Colorado - Adam Hughes (Cortland State)
63. Calgary - Paddy Corrigan (Burnaby Jr. A)
64. Portland (from Rochester) - Daniel Ernst (University of Oregon)********
65. Buffalo - Gene Tundo Jr. (UMass)
66. Arizona - Andrew Lazore (Akwesasne Jr. A)
67. Toronto - Ben Powless (Six Nations Jr. A)


*Calgary traded their second round pick (13th overall) to Buffalo in exchange for Buffalo's first round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

**Philadelphia traded their second round pick (16th overall) to Colorado in exchange for defenseman Brad Self.

***Edmonton traded their third round pick (31st overall) and Mike McLellan to Arizona in exchange for forward Chris Fiore, Arizona's second round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, and Arizona's fourth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

****Rochester traded their second round pick (22nd overall) to Philadelphia in exchange for forward Andrew Burkholder.

*****Minnesota traded their third round pick (24th overall) to Toronto in exchange for forward Ryan Painter and Toronto's third round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

******Calgary traded their third round pick (29th overall) to Portland in exchange for Portland's fourth round pick (34th overall) and Portland's third round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft.

*******Rochester traded their sixth round pick (60th overall) to Edmonton in exchange for Edmonton's sixth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

********Rochester traded their sixth round pick (64th overall) to Portland in exchange for Portland's sixth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

*********Philadelphia traded their sixth round pick (61st overall) to Toronto in exchange for Toronto's sixth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

**********Toronto traded their first round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft to Calgary in exchange for defenseman Brad MacDonald.