Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2011 WLA Entry Draft, Matt Beers No.1

Matt Beers, already into his second pro National Lacrosse League (NLL) season with the Stealth, went first overall in yesterday's 2011 Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) Entry Draft. The Lakers picked-up Beers, plus offensive contributors Clark and Jones, a 6-foot-5 finisher who could become a star at the next level. Not surprisingly, the Minto Cup champion Coquitlam Adanacs were well represented in the draft.

First round picks:
1. Burnaby - Matt Beers (Coq Jr / NLL Washington Stealth)
2. Langley - Brodie McDonald (Coq Jr / NLL Philadelphia Wings, FA)
3. Burnaby - Colton Clark (NW Jr / NCAA Bellarmine)
4. Maple Ridge - Chris Seidel (Coq Jr / NLL Washington Stealth)
5. Coquitlam - Robbie Campbell (Coq. Jr / NCAA Stony Brook)
6. Burnaby - Scott Jones (Delta Jr / NCAA UMBC)
7. Nanaimo - Carlton Schuss (Delta Jr / NLL Calgary Roughnecks, FA)

For complete draft results, click here.

In '10, Burnaby took stud Kevin Crowley who took the summer off to compete for Team Canada on the World stage. Crowley is now with his home-town WLA New Westminster Salmonbellies (along with Burnaby's second round pick in 2012) in a trade that saw Burnaby grab Peter McFetridge and NW's first picks in this and next year's draft.

The WLA's best-drafting franchise, NW made additional moves on draft day