Byrnes and Whitlow Drafted in the 2016 NLL Draft
Sept. 27, 2016
Liam Byrnes was the first Golden Eagle to be taken off the board with the 44th pick by the Georgia Swarm. The West Islip, New York will be transitioning from outdoor competition to indoor after playing 10 games as a rookie in 2016 with the Florida Launch. He was the first Marquette player in program history to be drafted by a MLL team and recorded 27 ground balls and nine caused turnovers with the Launch in first season.
Prior to the start of his professional career, Byrnes was a standout defenseman at Marquette and a USILA Second Team All-American. He earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and led the program to its first BIG EAST Championship and NCAA tournament appearance as a graduate student.
Poised for a successful senior year campaign at Marquette, Kyle Whitlow suffered a setback with a season-ending leg injury on March 8. However, his recovery and potential did not go unnoticed as he was selected two picks after Byrnes at 46th overall to the Colorado Mammoth.
During his time at Marquette, the Orillia, Ontario native scored 70 career goals and notched 24 assists and was named the All-BIG EAST First Team in his junior year.
Byrnes and Whitlow are two of four Marquette Golden Eagles ever drafted to the NLL. In 2014, Tyler Melynk and Andrew Smistad were the first pair of graduates to be drafted.
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