Victoria, BC – The Western Lacrosse Association 2017 draft was held Thursday night and the Victoria Shamrocks drafted 7 players; Evan Messenger, Dallas Wade, Matt Hamilton, Cody Nass, Javier Tudela, Gregory Batt and Nico McNabb.
1st pick (7th overall) was Evan Messenger, a forward listed at 6’2” and 175lbs with 291 points in 76 games over 4 seasons with Delta Jr. A.
2nd pick (21st overall) was Dallas Wade, local product with Victoria Jr. A is listed at 5’10” and 175lbs had 40 points in 46 games.
3rd pick (28th overall) was Matt Hamilton, another Victoria product played with the Victoria Jr. A as their Captain and had 44 points in 20 games last season including a 2.2 points per game average.
4th pick (34th overall) was Cody Nass, a Delta player who amassed 315 points in 84 games in Jr.A over 6 seasons.
5th pick (42nd overall) was Javier Tudela, 6th pick (49th overall) was Gregory Batt and 7th pick (56th overall) was Nico McNabb.
Shamrocks General Manager Chris Welch was pleased with the draft, “I never expected to be able to draft Messenger and Nass. Messenger in junior speaks for itself and he’s going to be a star in the WLA for years to come. Nass showed tremendous promise taking the Jr’s by storm as an intermediate and may be the steal of the draft. Overall it was a special night as we drafted two local players with close ties to the organization in Wade and Hamilton with their families’ rich history and deep connections to lacrosse in Victoria. The organization is excited for all seven draft picks and we want to welcome and congratulate them and hope their future is bright and successful with us.”
The Victoria Shamrocks’ 68th season begins at home on Friday May 19 vs. the Langley Thunder at 7:30.