Jahelka, Dwyer Taken in 2016 MLL Draft

Jahelka, Dwyer Taken in 2016 MLL Draft

Jahelka was drafted 14th overall by the Denver Outlaws (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Stephen Jahelka and Devin Dwyer were selected in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Draft Friday afternoon, the 16th Collegiate Draft in the history of the MLL.

Jahelka was taken in the second round, 14th overall, by the Denver Outlaws, matching Kevin Vaughn '12, who was also taken 14th overall by the Outlaws, for the highest draft slot by a Harvard student-athlete. Dwyer was selected in the sixth round, 46th overall, by the Florida Launch.

Friday's draft marked the first time since 2012 that multiple members of the Crimson were drafted in the same class. Vaughn was joined in 2012 by classmate Daniel DiMaria, who was taken 41st overall by the Charlotte Hounds.

This year's draft was the sixth 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 has now had eight members of the program drafted entering their senior campaigns.

Jahelka, a defenseman, was recently tabbed to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America third team and was on the 2015 Tewaaraton Award Watch List before sustaining an injury which caused him to miss all but two games last season. The senior and co-captain of this year's squad was an All-Ivy League second team and All-NEILA first team selection as a sophomore in 2014, and following his freshman season served as a tri-captain of the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team that won gold at the 2012 Lacrosse World Championships in Finland. Jahelka enters his final year in Cambridge with 74 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers to his credit in 33 games.

Dwyer, a two-time Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American, ranks fourth in Harvard history with 91 assists and at 139 points needs just 16 more to enter Harvard's all-time top 10. A three-time All-Ivy League selection and two-time Tewaaraton Award Watch List nominee, Dwyer totaled a career-high 49 points a year ago on 20 goals and 29 assists. He was a USILA All-America honorable mention pick as a sophomore, and also garnered NEILA All-New England Rookie of the Year plaudits following his freshman campaign.

Harvard will enter the 2016 season ranked No. 15 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike Division I Preseason Coaches Poll and as the No. 20 team in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division I Preseason Top 20. The Crimson opens play at home against No. 19/NR Villanova on Feb. 20, and will play a total of six games, including three Ivy League contests, on its home turf.