MINNESOTA SWARM TAKES 5 PLAYERS IN NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE ENTRY DRAFT
The National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm has recruited 5 players in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. Minnesota selected forward Nolan Heavenor in the second round (seventeenth overall) from Limestone College (NCAA Division Two), defenseman Nate Andres (thirty-seventh overall) and forward Tyler Perry (thirty-eighth overall) in the fourth round from the Whitby Warriors of the Ontario Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse Association, forward Dean Hill from the Spartan Warriors of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse Association and defenseman Mike Leong from the Surrey Stickmen of the British Columbia Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League.
They have also gained forward Ryan Painter and the Toronto Rock’s third round pick in the 2006 NLL Draft in exchange for its third round pick (Twenty-third overall) in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft. Painter, 28 (8/17/77), notched nineteen points (8-11=19) and Twenty-five loose balls in 8 games with Toronto in 2004. He scored sixty-six points (45-21=66) in sixteen games during his rookie campaign with Ottawa in 2002.
Heavenor, 23 (5/30/82), scored seventy-one points (42-29=71), 180 loose balls and won 214 of 298 (.728) face-offs taken during his senior season with Limestone College. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound forward ranked 1st on the team in loose balls and face-off percentage, 3rd in scoring and was named in the Deep South All Conference 1st Team. The Victoria, BC-native also scored Twenty-eight points (16-12=28) and twenty-nine penalty minutes in 12 regular season games with the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association this summer.
Perry, 21 (5/22/74), scored sixty-seven points (35-32=67) in Twenty-two games with Whitby this season. He was ranked 1st on the team in scoring and goals and tied for 1st in assists and 7th in the league for scoring.
Andres scored seventeen points (9-8=17) in twenty-two games with the Whitby Warriors of the Ontario Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse Association this year.
Leong scored 7 points (3-4=7) in nineteen games with the Surrey Stickmen of the British Columbia Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League.
Hill scored 80 points (41-39=80) in Twenty games with the Spartan Warriors of the Ontario Junior ‘B’ Lacrosse Association this year. He led the team in scoring and ranked 5th in the league in goals and 7th in scoring.