Former Coquitlam junior Adanac sniper Robert Church headed up a list of a handful of Tri-Cities lacrosse players selected in Monday's National Lacrosse League draft.
Taken fifth overall by Edmonton, via a trade with Minnesota, Church was followed by a
pair of Port Moody natives who were taken sixth and seventh respectively: outgoing Coquitlam Adanac Tor Reinholdt landed in Calgary, while former PoCo Saints marksman Scott Jones is headed to Minnesota.
"I couldn't be more excited to play in Edmonton with Coach Keenan and the guys I've played with in the past - Mark Matthews and Jeff Cornwall," Church said on the club's website.
Originally slated to draft fourth overall, the Rush moved back to the five spot after making a trade with Minnesota that saw Nik Bilic headed to the City of Champions.
"I believe we get a very talented young player in Robert, and at the same time, bolstered our defense by adding Nik Bilic," added Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan.
Church is two years into his field lacrosse career at Drexell University, and led school in scoring in both years.
He also anchored the Adanacs' lone Minto Cup title in 2010 and was named league MVP in 2009.
The second round saw one-time Adanac Riley Loewen taken 11th overall by Edmonton, while PoCo native James Delaney was selected by Philadelphia in the 18th spot.
Here are other draft day selections: Kevin Neufeld, Coquitlam (22nd, Philadelphia); Garrett MacIntosh, Coquitlam (24th, Calgary) and Keegan Bal, Coquitlam (25th, Toronto).
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