CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia midfielder Thomas McConvey was selected No. 1 overall by the Rochester Knighthawks in the 2022 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Draft on Saturday (Sept. 10).

A graduate transfer from the University of Vermont, McConvey is set to compete for the Cavaliers in the spring of 2023.

McConvey, who hails from Toronto, Ontario, is one of the most accomplished players in the history of Vermont’s men’s lacrosse program. In 2022, he was crowned America East Offensive Player of the Year and a Third Team All-American, according to Inside Lacrosse. McConvey guided Vermont to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances after the Catamounts won back-to-back America East titles in 2021 and 2022 to secure the conference’s automatic berth to the big dance. He concluded his tenure with the Catamounts as the program’s seventh all-time leading point scorer (172), registering at least one point in all 52 career games. A two-time America East All-Conference First Team selection, McConvey scored a Vermont single-season record of 60 goals, which led the conference, and dished out 14 assists last year.

McConvey is the second Cavalier to be drafted by a professional lacrosse league in 2022, joining former Virginia standout attackman Matt Moore, who was selected No. 4 overall by the Archers Lacrosse club in the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) Draft.

The National Lacrosse League plays indoor lacrosse. The game is a hybrid, combining parts of box lacrosse (played inside the confines of an ice hockey rink on a turf surface or concrete surface, more prevalent in Canada) with field lacrosse (played on an outdoor field, either on grass or turf, more prevalent in the United States). Indoor lacrosse was designed to combine the most exciting elements of box and field lacrosse. The game is played inside the confines of an ice hockey rink, with glass and rink boards intact. The playing surface is artificial turf, which is placed directly over the arena’s ice surface. Each team plays with five runners and a goaltender. The combination of the confined playing area and the physical play leads many fans to describe indoor lacrosse as “like hockey, on foot, with more scoring.