Ron John Selected 18th in NLL Draft; Patterson Picked 71st

Congrats and Ja:goh Ron John!

Reprinted from | Men’s Lacrosse | 9/17/2020

PHILADELPHIA – University at Albany midfielder Ron John has been selected 18th overall, second pick in the second round, in the 2020 National Lacrosse League Draft by the Colorado Mammoth. Great Dane attack Jakob Patterson was picked 71st to San Diego.

John is the 21st Great Dane in history selected in the NLL Draft. Most recently, Connor Fields was selected by the San Diego Seals in 2018.
In the shortened 2020 season, John appeared in four games for UAlbany, scoring five goals with four assists. John scored the go-ahead goal with 11 seconds left to defeat Drexel, giving the Great Danes their first victory of the season.

For his career, John has made 38 total appearances, including three starts, scoring 15 goals with 18 assists. He is expected to exercise his additional year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the cancellation of spring sports due to COVID-19.
Later in the draft, John’s UAlbany teammate Jakob Patterson was selected 71st overall, pick four of round five, by the Seals, and will join Fields on San Diego’s roster. Patterson became UAlbany’s 22nd NLL Draft pick.

Patterson, who was named 2019 America East Offensive Player of the Year, appeared in all five games for UAlbany in 2020, making three starts and scoring six goals with 14 assists. Against Harvard, Patterson recorded a season-high seven points, scoring three times with four assists. In his UAlbany career, Patterson has made 54 appearances with 48 starts, and has scored 96 goals with 56 assists.

Like the NCAA, the NLL saw its 2019-20 season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shutting down on March 12 after each team in the league had completed about a dozen games. At the time of cancellation, Colorado was second in the West Division at 7-6 overall, just ahead of the third-place, 6-6 Seals. The Mammoth have won one NLL championship in program history, in 2006. The Seals were founded in 2017 and played their inaugural season in 2019.

The NLL will return in for its 35th season 2021.