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Schreiber Selected First Overall In MLL Draft; Fernandez Also Is Drafted

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 01/10/2014
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Nick Fernandez (24) and Tom Schreiber were selected in the MLL draft. Schreiber went No. 1 overall to the Ohio Machine.
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Tom Schreiber is Princeton lacrosse's second to go first.

Schreiber, the All-America midfielder, was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft, chosen by the Ohio Machine. He joins Ryan Mollett, the very first MLL selection back in 2001, as Princeton players who have gone No. 1 overall.

"I'm very excited," Schreiber said. "It's a great honor. There had been a lot of speculation and I just tried to enjoy the process. I'm just grateful for the opportunity to keep playing lacrosse after graduation."

Princeton's other selection in the 2014 draft was Nick Fernandez, who went to Denver in the sixth round, with the 46th overall pick.

Schreiber is a two-time first-team All-America and three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection, as well as a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist as a junior a year ago. He enters his senior year with 76 goals and 73 assists for his career, and his 149 career points are the most ever by a Princeton middie, even with one season to go. Should he match his point total of each of the previous two years - 60 - he'd finish his career fifth all-time in scoring at Princeton.

"He can dodge, shoot on the run, feed, has great vision," says Princeton alum Ryan Boyle, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2004 MLL draft and is the league's all-time leader in points and assists, as well as an ESPN lacrosse analyst. "He's had so much success in college. I'd be shocked if he didn't have a successful MLL career."

Schreiber came to Princeton from St. Anthony's High School on Long Island and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Ivy selection as a freshman. He became a first-team All-America each of the last two years, and he would join Chad Wiedmaier as the only four-time first-team All-Ivy players in program history should he repeat the honor this year.

After leading the team in goals and assists as a freshman and sophomore, Schreiber again led the team in points as a junior. Should he get 14 goals and 17 assists this season, he would be the first player at Princeton with at least 90 goals and 90 assists.

In addition to his on-field success, Schreiber will be the team captain for the second straight year. He is also active with Fields of Growth, an organization that uses lacrosse to help in educational and economic ventures throughout the world.

He will also be an assistant coach with the Ugandan national team at the 2014 World Championships in Denver.

"I think he will be an outstanding professional," says Matt Striebel, who graduated in 2001 and is the all-time MLL leader in games played. "He's a great player who can do so many things on the field, and he has such great vision and passing ability. I've also seen how he practices. You have to put in the time and be competitive. The guys who are successful are the guys who are self-driven and self-motivated. Schreiber oozes that."

Fernandez has been a shortstick defensive midfielder and a close defender in his career. He battled through injuries as a freshman before becoming one of the team's starting SSDMs his sophomore year.

Last season, as Princeton rebuilt its defense, Fernandez was switched to close defense, where he started all 15 games. The versatility of being able to play with either a shortstick or longstick is very important with MLL's smaller rosters.

Denver went 14-0 last year to become the first MLL team to have an undefeated regular season, but the Outlaws lost in the league semifinals.

The complete MLL draft results can be found here.

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