Fischer became the sixth member of the Crimson drafted into the MLL (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's lacrosse senior Brian Fischer was selected in the fifth round of last week's 2015 Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Boston Cannons.
Fischer, who became the sixth student-athlete in program history to be taken in the draft, was chosen 34th overall as the fourth pick in the fifth round. He joins former Harvard standouts Daniel Eipp (2014 draft 32nd overall, Rochester Rattlers), 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 six Crimson to be selected in the draft.
Named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America second team, Fischer helped anchor a Harvard defense in 2014 that allowed 9.76 goals per game while holding 11 of its 17 opponents to fewer than 10 goals. As a long stick midfielder, Fischer was regularly called upon to defend against the opposition's top scoring threats, and in the team's 14-9 win at Cornell he helped to limit All-American's Connor Buczek, Dan Lintner, and Matt Donovan to just one goal on eight shots. Fischer also helped stifle the high-powered Princeton offense in a 9-8 victory while holding All-American Tom Schreiber scoreless for just the second time in his career.
A native of Garden City, New York, Fischer totaled 14 caused turnovers, 39 ground balls, and was selected to the All-NEILA first team and Ivy League All-Tournament team. He has appeared in 40 games over the course of his career, collecting 71 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers.
This year's draft marked the fifth 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, which has been ranked No. 11 in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll, will open its season on Saturday, Feb. 21 at home versus UMass live on the Ivy League Digital Network.