NEW YORK, NY — Former Merrimack College men’s lacrosse All-American Nolan Godfrey was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 National Lacrosse League (NLL) draft by the Buffalo Bandits at the league’s annual draft Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Godfrey was the only player selected from the Northeast-10 conference.
"The Bandits are a great franchise and went to the title game last year," said Godfrey. "Head Coach Darris Kilgour is my type of guy - confident, hard-nosed, and very knowledgable and experienced with the indoor game. I feel privledged to be a member of the Buffalo organization."
Godfrey, who helped the Warriors to an 11-2 record this past season and a berth in the Northeast-10 championship game in 2006, posted a .612 face-off percentage this past season and led the Warriors with 131 ground balls. A pre-season All-America selection by Inside Lacrosse and Face-Off Yearbook, he was named to the Northeast-10 All-Academic selection at the conclusion of the season.
In 2005, Godfrey led the nation in face-off percentage at .682, earning him First Team All-Northeast-10 honors. For his efforts, he was an All-New England selection and named to the Second Team United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America squad as a specialist.
This past summer, Godfrey went north to play for the Brooklin Merchants of the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA). He kept a journal of his journey from NCAA lacrosse to the OTA to the day leading up to the NLL draft, which can be viewed at www.insidelacrosse.com.
The National Lacrosse League is North America’s professional indoor lacrosse league, featuring the best lacrosse players in the world. Established in 1986, the NLL began play in 1987 with four teams: Washington Wave, Baltimore Thunder, Philadelphia Wings, and the New Jersey Saints. The Thunder won the league’s inaugural championship in 1987, defeating the Wave by a score of 11-10. Currently, the NLL featured 13 teams – 10 United States franchises and three Canadian franchises – and recently signed a television deal with the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).
The Bandits, who share the HSBC Arena with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, play their first game of the 2007 season against the Portland Lumberjax on December 30 at the Rose Quarter (formerly Rose Garden) in Oregon.