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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Five Virginia men’s lacrosse players were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Draft (MLL), highlighted by first round selections Steele Stanwick (second overall) and Colin Briggs (sixth overall). The Ohio Machine selected Stanwick and the Denver Outlaws took Briggs. Attackman Chris Bocklet went in the fourth round, 29th overall, to the Charlotte Hounds. Defenseman Matt Lovejoy also went in the fourth round, selected 31st overall by the Hamilton Nationals. Rounding out UVa selections was long-stick midfielder Chris Clements, selected in the fifth round, 40th overall to the Boston Cannons.

The MLL held its annual draft in January for the second time in league history. The first 10 drafts for the league that debuted in 2001 were held in the month of June before moving to January last year.

The quintet joins a list of 49 previous Cavaliers who have gone on to play in the MLL following their Virginia careers. Including the 2012 draft, 39 Cavaliers have been picked in the MLL Collegiate Draft, including 15 first-round selections in the 12-year-old league. Only Syracuse has as many first round selections.

The five 2012 selections are the second-most all-time for UVa, trailing only the 2006 draft when six Cavaliers were named and tying the five selected in 2003. UVa has had at least three selections in 10-of-12 MLL Drafts, registering only one pick in 2004 (Tillman Johnson) and zero selections in the inaugural draft of 2001.

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