Major League Lacrosse held their 2016 Collegiate Draft today in the snow in Baltimore.
Greg Coholan was taken sixth overall to the Boston Cannons, joining fellow Wahoos Rob Emery, Tyler German, and Scott McWilliams.
James Pannell was taken 24th overall to the New York Lizards, where he will play alongside former Cavaliers Chris LaPierre and Matt Poskay. Pannell's brother, Rob, also plays for the Lizards.
Michael Howard went to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 55th pick of the draft, joining Virginia's former goalie, Kip Turner.
According to Virginia's Lacrosse Sports Information Director, Vincent Briedis, Coholan was the 19th all-time first round draft pick for the Cavaliers, the most of any school.
Coholan, a fifth year on this year's squad, had an incredible season last year. With a team leading 39 goals, Coholan adapted and moved from midfield to attack when fellow senior James Pannell went down with a season ending "lower extremity" injury. HIs outside shot is accurate and tough for opposing goalies to stop based on placement and speed. He led all starters and major contributors with a scoring percentage of 41%, and committed no fouls despite starting in and playing the majority of Virginia's 15 games. He was named an honorable mention USILA All-American. This season, Coholan repeats as a team captain for Coach Starsia, the first two-time captain since Steele Stanwick in 2011 and 2012. This is a nice honor for Coholan as the team votes on leadership.
Pannell, a co-captain with Coholan for the 2016 season, is returning this year from the aforementioned injury. He started six games last season and scored 11 goals and dished four assists in that span. Six of his goals and one assist came in Virginia's close home win over Cornell, one game before he went down with his injury. He should be at full speed to kick off the season on February 13th at home against Loyola.
Howard is a fourth year, but has a fifth year of eligibility after redshirting his first year due to injury. He is a monster off the turf, grabbing a team-high 50 ground balls and causing 17 turnovers.