Kevin Vaughan is Harvard's highest MLL draft choice (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior tri-captain Kevin Vaughan of the Harvard men's lacrosse team was chosen by the Denver Outlaws in the second round with the 14th overall pick of the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft Friday evening. Fellow senior Daniel DiMaria was selected by the Charlotte Hounds, who will be playing their inaugural season in 2012, in the sixth round with the 41st overall choice in the sixth round.
Vaughan and DiMaria became the third and fourth Harvard players to be selected in the MLL draft, joining John Henry Flood '07 (Washington, fourth round, 32nd pick) in 2007 and Jason Duboe '10 (Boston, sixth round, 33rd pick) in 2010. Vaughan is the highest draft choice for a Crimson player in the MLL draft.
Vaughan, a midfielder from Ridgewood, N.J., was named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America third team and Preseason All-Ivy League team. An All-Ivy and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association first team choice last season, he was third on the Crimson with 19 goals and 27 points in 2011. A two-time captain of Harvard, Vaughan scored the Crimson's only man-down goal last season (Bellarmine, March 11).
DiMaria, a long stick defender from Dix Hills, N.Y., appeared in all 16 games for Harvard last season, pacing the Crimson with 56 ground balls and tying for the team lead with 13 caused turnovers. He was tabbed to the NEILA first team as a junior and picked up 32 ground balls as a sophomore in 2010.
In all, 12 Ivy League players were chosen in the 2012 MLL Draft. For the second year in a row, the MLL Collegiate Draft was held before the start of the upcoming NCAA season and only seniors with expiring eligibility were eligible to be drafted. With the move, drafted players can directly join their respective MLL teams following their senior seasons.
Vaughan and DiMaria helped the Crimson to a 10-6 overall record, as well as a spot in the Ivy League tournament final. Harvard's 10 wins were the most for the program since 1998.