PHILADELPHIA – Major League Lacrosse (MLL) held its annual Collegiate Draft on Friday afternoon in Baltimore, and University of Pennsylvania senior attackman Nick Doktor became the latest Quaker to get drafted when the Charlotte Hounds took him at the end of the second round.
Doktor -- who was a Preseason All-America pick by Inside Lacrosse back in December -- was the 18th pick overall, and the fourth Ivy Leaguer (first on attack). He is the first Penn player in MLL Draft history to get drafted in the first or second round.
Per MLL Draft rules, he retains his collegiate eligibility and can play for the Quakers through the 2016 season; he will be allowed to play for the Hounds only after Penn’s season has concluded.
“We are very excited about Nick being drafted in the second round, and proud of his accomplishments,” said Penn’s head coach, Mike Murphy. “He has earned this through hard work, and I know he will continue to work throughout his senior year and into his professional career. Nick’s physical tools, his skill set, and his mind for the game make him a great candidate for the next level. Assistant Coach Jim Stagnitta’s experience in MLL has also been helpful to Nick and our program in matters like this.”
A second-team All-Ivy pick last year, Doktor finished the 2015 regular season with 21 goals and team highs in assists (36) and points (57). His 36 assists are third on Penn’s all-time single-season list in that category, and the most since Peter Hollis had 41 in 1977, while his 57 points are tied for fourth on Penn's single-season list and the most since Jon Cusson had 57 in 1995. Doktor finished the regular season leading the Ivy League and fourth nationally in assists per game (2.77), and third among Ivy players and 12th nationally in points per game (4.38).
Doktor also was Penn’s leader in assists (19) and points (42) as a sophomore in 2014, and earned all-tournament honors when the Quakers won the Ivy League Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Championship first round.
Doktor enters the 2016 season 11th on Penn’s all-time assist list with 59 and 15th on the all-time points list with 115. He also has a 27-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the 2014 season.
Penn opens its 2016 campaign on Saturday, Feb. 20, when the Quakers host the University of Michigan at Franklin Field at 3 p.m.