Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2012 WLA Draft, Cornwall 1, Matthews 5

6-foot-2, 210 pound transition man Travis Cornwall went first overall in the 2012 Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) Entry Draft to the Coquitlam Adanacs. The A's Junior squad, which captured the 2010 Minto and played in the '11 final, also saw Casey Jackson, David Joyce and Mark Matthews (pictured centre) selected in the first round.

First round picks:
1. Coquitlam - Travis Cornwall (Coq. Jr / NLL Calgary Roughnecks)
2. Burnaby - Jackson Decker (Burnaby Jr / NCAA Limestone)
3. Burnaby - Casey Jackson (Coq Jr / Vic native, top scorer at '11 Minto)
4. Maple Ridge - David Joyce (Coq Jr / UBC, 6'6 Defender) 
5. Langley - Mark Matthews (Coq Jr  / NCAA Denver / MLL Denver)
6. Victoria - Karsen Leung (Vic Jr / NCAA Bellarmine)
7. Nanaimo - Cody Bremner (Nanaimo Jr / NCAA Cornell)

For complete draft results, click here.

Cornwall, a first-round selection in the 2011 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft, led all BC Junior A Lacrosse League (BCJALL) playoff scorers with 32 points in eight games, after finishing the regular season third in scoring, netting 42 goals and 106 points with a ridiculous 38% shooting percentage.

Matthews, a 6-foot-4 finisher, captured the Minto Cup with Coquitlam in '10 and then with Whitby in '11. A stud at the field game, too, a member of Team Canada at the '08 World Juniors and graduate of NCAA D1 Denver University, Ontario native Mark Matthews is the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft.