Former UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse player gets drafted to pros
Dave Brock headed to Beantown to play in the National Lacrosse League
Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2012 14:06
On Sept. 8, Dave Brock, the former star attackman for the University at Albany men's lacrosse team was selected by the Boston Blazers in the first round of the National Lacrosse League's Entry Draft.
It was the second such occasion for Brock in a short time span after he was selected in the sixth round of the Major League Lacrosse draft by the Toronto Nationals.
The 6'3", 225-pound Brock did not play a game for the Nationals despite being drafted into the six-team league.
With the pick by the Blazers, Brock became the seventh Albany player to be drafted into the NLL in the program's history, which is an indoor lacrosse league that plays in an arena setting much like hockey.
In addition to the permission of fighting much like that in hockey, the goalies in the NLL wear oversized padding that make them nearly fill the nets they tend to. The league has strong support in Canada, where three of the league's ten teams play, and in northeastern American cities like Philadelphia and Buffalo.
"It's an honor to be selected in the first round; there a lot of good players out there," Brock said in a statement. "(UAlbany coach) Scott Marr helped get me to this point. He is a very knowledgeable and positive guy. He helped me on and off the field and how to become a leader and a better player."
After playing two seasons at Herkimer Valley Community College, Brock, a Burlington, Ontario native, transferred to Albany where he received playing time off the bench in his junior year. He contributed 11 goals and eight assists as he was stuck behind stalwarts Brian Caulfield, Corey Small and Joe Resetarits.
Able to start after those players departed or suffered injuries, Brock became the go-to-guy for Marr and the Great Danes offense last year. Brock's teammates consistently fed him the ball and he capitalized on the opportunities, scoring 34 goals to lead the Danes on the year. His total was nearly three times that of the next-highest scoring player Resetarits, who finished with 13 goals on the year.
Brock's gaudy goal totals were one of few bright spots for the team last year as injuries plagued the team throughout the season. The players that Marr looked to for offense in 2009 were felled for much of the season including Resetarits, Caulfield, Derek Kreuzer and Joe Pompo.
Sucked dry of consistent offense, the team suffered through a disappointing campaign, going 5-11 including a dreadful 2-8 on the road. However, the team started to put it together towards the end of the season and made a run to the conference final before bowing to conference power Stony Brook.