Sept. 8, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's men's lacrosse alumnus Tom Michaelsen continues to make history for the Red Storm lacrosse program, as he was selected 24th overall in the 2008 National Lacrosse League's Entry Draft, held on Sunday at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. Picked up in the second round by the Minnesota Swarm, Michaelsen is the first-ever Red Storm player to be drafted by both professional lacrosse leagues.
A total of 76 players were selected in the six-round NLL Entry Draft, which features the best young talent from NCAA lacrosse programs as well as Canada's junior lacrosse system.
"We obviously think very highly of Tom's ability and I'm thrilled to see him recognized by both Major League Lacrosse and now the NLL," said head coach Jason Miller. "We think even more of Tom as a person, and we are proud of the success he is having after St. John's."
"It is an honor to represent St. John's on one of highest levels of the sport," remarked Michaelsen.
Five players from the ECAC Lacrosse League were chosen, including Hobart's Daryl Veltman who was the first overall pick by the Boston Blazers. The NLL features a 17-week season starting in late December and ending in mid-April. The Minnesota Swarm begin their 2009 season at Portland on Saturday, Jan. 3. Michaelsen was one of seven players the Swarm selected in Sunday's draft.
Over his four-year career with the Red Storm, Michaelsen, a Bethpage, N.Y., native has created a legacy for the next generation of St. John's lacrosse players to follow. One of the 10 members of the 2008 senior class who helped rebuild the program after its reinstatement in 2005, Michaelsen was the first player to earn All-ECAC honors in 2007, and in May became the first player since 1990 to be selected to play in the annual USILA Senior North/South All-Star Game. Later that month, Michaelsen was selected by the San Francisco Dragons in the fifth round of the Major League Lacrosse Draft, becoming the first-ever St. John's player to be drafted by a professional team.
In his senior season, he was named a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American, earned the Francis A. McCall Memorial Award as the team MVP and became the fifth player in St. John's history to reach 100 career points. In his collegiate career, Michaelsen tallied 71 goals and 46 assists for 117 points, making him fourth in career assists, fifth on the all-time leading scorer list and tied for fifth in career goals in the St. John's record books. As a sophomore in 2006, he earned the team's offensive MVP award.
A four-year starter, Michaelsen led the Red Storm squad in points for three-straight seasons. He earned eight ECAC weekly honors, including Co-Offensive Player of the Week on May 5, 2008 and was the league's rookie of the week twice in 2005. He tallied 11 hat tricks in 50 games with the Red Storm.
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About the NLL
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America's professional indoor lacrosse league, featuring the best lacrosse players in the world. Founded in 1987, the league recently completed its 22nd season of pro indoor lacrosse. Average attendance for the 2008 season was over 10,000 fans per game, with several games played in front of crowds in excess of 16,000 fans. The NLL has twelve teams playing in major markets of the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Chicago Shamrox, Colorado Mammoth, Edmonton Rush, Minnesota Swarm, New York Titans, Philadelphia Wings, Portland LumberJax, Rochester Knighthawks, San Jose Stealth and Toronto Rock. The league expands to New England next season when the Boston Blazers begin play in 2009.