BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott senior face-off specialist Tommy Hughes (Coram, N.Y.) was selected No. 86 overall (Rd. 10) by the Boston Cannons in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft, as presented by Cascade Lacrosse, earlier today. The pick was announced at Toby Keith's Bar and Grill in Foxboro, Massachusetts at Patriot Place, which is built around Gillette Stadium - the home of the five-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, and also the New England Revolution.
In 18 games played (all starts) this season, Hughes compiled 309 face-off wins (71.5) and 218 ground balls alongside 12 goals, two assists, and two caused turnovers. Hughes led the conference in face-off wins, face-off winning percentage, and ground balls. He also ranks No. 4 among all NCAA Division III student-athletes in ground balls per game (12.11, first in conference), and No. 8 in face-off winning percentage headed into the last weekend of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Over his four-year career, Hughes has compiled 1,191 face-off wins (.639), 753 ground balls, 25 goals, and nine assists (34 points). Hughes ranks first in program history in ground balls (753), ground balls per game (9.91), and face-offs won. He also sits first among all NCAA active leaders regardless of division in face-off attempts (1,864), face-offs won, and ground balls, and second in ground balls per game.
ENDICOTT DRAFT HISTORY
Hughes is the sixth student-athlete in program history to be taken in the MLL Draft. Hughes joins Patrick Gaffney '07, John Ortolani '08, Eric Hagarty '10, Harrison Cotter '15, and Cameron Bell '16.
HUGHES' CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- 2017 NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game selection
- 2017 USILA/NIKE North-South All-Star Game selection
- 2x USILA All-America Honorable Mention
- 1x Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-American
- 4x CCC All-Conference selection
- 5x All-Region selection (ECAC, IMLCA, NEILA)
- 9x CCC Specialist of the Week
- 2x CCC Rookie of the Week
- 1x CCC Defensive Player of the Week
YEAR IN REVIEW
Hughes and Jennings led Endicott to its ninth Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title in program history, and its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance with a 10-8 overall record and 8-0 mark in league play.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)