Dec. 7, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Mark Bloomquist, Stephen Brundage, Dan Gross and Tim McGeeney were all selected in last night's Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft. The draft picks represent Loyola's largest class in five years with recent graduates Brundage and Gross going in the third and eight rounds respectively.
"This is a good group of guys," says Coach Charley Toomey. "I've coached all of them and have seen them develop into quality players. I'm excited to see them take their talent to the next level."
Brundage was Loyola's top pick as Chicago's third-round selection. A 2004 graduate and team captain, Brundage led the Greyhounds in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior. A two-time All-America player, Brundage spent last season as a graduate assistant on the coaching staff.
"Stephen was a great player for us," says Toomey. "I think when you spend a season on the other side of the bench (as a coach) the game slows down. This should benefit him in the pros."
Loyola's top defender last season, Dan Gross, was taken in the eighth round by New Jersey. Covering the oppositions top attackman all season, Gross anchored a man-down defense ranked fifth in the country.
"Dan had a remarkable senior season as our defensive stopper," says Toomey. "He's a great one-on-one defender and I expect him to have a very good career in professional lacrosse."
Toomey, a former goalie and All-America at Loyola, is also very familiar with 20th-round selection Mark Bloomquist and Round 22 pick Tim McGeeney.
"I was fortunate enough to coach both of those guys," says Toomey. "Special players like Tim, who was an All-America as a freshman, rarely come around."
Bloomquist, a 2003 graduate was chosen in the 20th round by Baltimore. McGeeney, a three-time All-America and Loyola's record holder for saves in a game (28 versus Johns Hopkins his senior season - 1995) and season, joins Gross in New Jersey.
The MLL is a 10-team league with a 36-game regular season schedule that runs from May to August. The league launched in 2001 and has its All-Star Game and Championship Games broadcast by ESPN.