CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men’s lacrosse senior Daniel Eipp was selected in the fourth round of Friday’s Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Rochester Rattlers, becoming the fifth player in program history to be drafted into the professional ranks.
Eipp was chosen 32nd overall by the Rattlers, joining former Harvard standouts Kevin Vaughn ’12 (2012 draft 14th overall, Denver Outlaws), Daniel DiMaria ’12 (2012 draft 41st overall, Charlotte Hounds), Jason Duboe ’10 (2010 draft 33rd overall, Boston Cannons) and Henry Flood ’07 (2007 draft 32nd overall, Washington Bayhawks) as one of five Crimson to be selected in the draft.
A midfielder from Syracuse, N.Y., Eipp has played in 36 career games at Harvard totaling 76 points on 46 goals and 30 assists. A knee injury forced him to miss the final eight games of last season after earning All-Ivy League and NEILA All-New England second team honors as a sophomore. That year Eipp ranked second on the team in points (42), goals (24) and assists (18), and also contributed 21 ground balls. As a freshman he helped the Crimson to the championship game of the Ivy League Tournament with 24 points on 16 goals and eight assists, and was named the NEILA All-New England Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy League honorable mention.
Eipp also boasts a wealth of international experience, having helped the U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team to a gold medal at the 2012 Lacrosse World Championships in Finland
This year’s draft marked the fourth in which only seniors with expiring eligibility were eligible to be drafted. With the move, drafted players can directly join their respective MLL teams following their senior seasons.
Harvard will open the 2014 season on Feb. 22 at UMass before hosting Holy Cross Feb. 25 in the team’s home opener.
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