Every athlete as a kid dreams of playing professionally in their respective sport. Everyone wants to be drafted to the NFL or be a lottery pick in the NBA.
But when Ryan Creighton and Mark McNeill, who is also a wide receiver on the football team, roomed together early in their careers as North Carolina men’s lacrosse players, the possibility of being drafted by a team to play Major League Lacrosse wasn’t even a thought.
“We never really had a conversation about it,” Creighton said.
“Actually, we had more conversations about how he was going to get drafted (to the NFL) and how I was going to be his agent/manager in the NFL.”
Now, just weeks before their final season playing lacrosse for the Tar Heels, McNeill, Creighton and face-off specialist R.G. Keenan were selections in the MLL draft last Friday and will be given the opportunity to extend their careers at season’s end.
But then again, that’s at season’s end.
“It’s a little weird getting picked before the season,” Creighton said.
“All my focus is on this year especially it being my senior year.”
Creighton, a preseason third team All-American according to Inside Lacrosse, will lead the Tar Heels as a captain in their campaign to redeem an NCAA quarterfinal loss at the hands of Denver.