Vancouver Stealth Make Fournier NLL Draft's 12th Pick
PHILADELPHIA - Former Loyola University Maryland long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier was selected 12th overall, the first pick in the second round, by the Vancouver Stealth in the 2017 National Lacrosse League draft on Monday night.
Fournier, who completed his eligibility at Loyola in the spring, honed his skills as a box lacrosse player in Ontario and developed into one of the top transition players in college lacrosse.
He finished his career with 16 goals and nine assists while appearing in 56 games for the Greyhounds. The Ottawa, Ontario, native also amassed 151 ground balls and 44 caused turnovers. His caused-turnover total ranks eighth in school history since the statistic became official in 2007.
Fournier's top statistical season came in 2016 as the Greyhounds reached the NCAA Semifinals. Then a junior, he scored seven goals and a assisted. Fournier, who helped lead Loyola to three Patriot a league titles in four seasons, also had 49 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. That followed his 2015 sophomore campaign in which he scored four goals, had five assists, 58 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
He began his Loyola career as a short-stick defensive midfielder in 2014, but he was quickly made a full-time long-stick. He finished his first collegiate season with four goals, a pair of assists, 32 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
Fournier's senior season of 2017 was truncated due to injury, but he scored a goal, had 12 ground balls and caused five turnovers in six games as a team captain. He also earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recognition during his Loyola career.
The NLL will not be Fournier's first foray into box lacrosse. He has played Senior B, Junior A and Junior B since 2009.
This summer, he returned from injury to see action in 10 games for Kahnawake of the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League (QSLL) B. He scored four goals and assisted on as many in four regular-season games before tallying two goals and four assists in five playoff contests.
He had 10 points in four playoff games during the 2016 QSLL season for Capital Region after posting seven in two regular-season games.
He made his Junior A debut in 2015 for Six Nations, helping the side win the Canadian Minto Cup. He finished with four goals and six assists in 13 playoff games.
His top Junior B season came in 2011 when he tallied 29 goals and 26 assists in only 11 regular-season games for Gloucester. Overall, he scored 125 goals and had 91 assists for 216 points in 53 Junior B games. He added 16 goals and 22 assists at the Junior A level in 50 outings.