OAKVILLE, ONT. – Former Lake Erie College men's lacrosse standout and 2013 All-American Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) was selected in the third round of the National Lacrosse League Entry Draft by the Toronto Rock Monday (Sept. 16).
He was taken with the 25th overall pick in the indoor league's annual first-year player entry held at the Toronto Rock Athletic Center (TRAC) in Oakville, Ont. and broadcast live on The Lacrosse Network.
Bal graduated from Lake Erie this spring as the most decorated player in the program's first four years. The all-time leading scorer for the Storm, he capped his career by earning second-team All-American honors as well as being named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Year. He scored 47 goals and added 36 assists for 83 points, ranking among the national leaders in all three categories, in leading the Storm to a 12-5 overall record and NCAA Division II playoff appearance. He finished his Storm career with 127 goals and 69 assists (196 points) in 59 games.
"This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for Keegan," said Storm head coach Greg Stocks. "He has worked very hard for this opportunity and I know he'll continue to work hard at the next level. We're very proud of Keegan's efforts and wish him well as he begins his professional career."
Prior to coming to Lake Erie, Bal played Box Lacrosse, a version of the indoor game that makes up the NLL, at the youth and high school levels.
Toronto went 10-6 in 2013 and advanced to the East Division Semifinals. Bal was the third player drafted by Toronto. A total of 54 players were picked in the draft's six rounds.
About the NLL
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) was founded in 1986 as North America's professional indoor lacrosse league featuring the best players in the world competing for the NLL's most coveted prize, the Champion's Cup. The NLL has nine teams playing in the major markets of the United States and Canada. NLL teams each play a 16-game regular season schedule (eight home and eight away) that begins in December and runs through April, followed by the Champion's Cup Playoffs. Professional indoor lacrosse combines the physical play of hockey with the high scoring, fast pace and play-making style of basketball