Boston, Mass. – Former University at Albany lacrosse players Steve Ammann, Jordan Levine and Mike Ammann were selected in the 2008 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft on Sunday, Sept. 7 at TD Banknorth Garden. Steve and Mike Ammann were drafted in the third and fifth rounds, respectively, by the New York Titans. Levine went in the fourth round to the Philadelphia Wings.
Levine, a two-time USILA All-America midfielder from Bethpage, N.Y., was voted to the All-America East Conference first team in three consecutive seasons. Levine, who was also drafted by Major League Lacrosse last May, finished his career with 57 goals, 56 assists and 321 ground balls. He will play in Philadelphia with UAlbany’s all-time scorer Merrick Thomson.
Steve Ammann was taken with the 33rd overall pick. Ammann, who had 15 goals and 12 assists as a senior midfielder, earned second-team All-America East recognition for the second consecutive year in 2008. He appeared in 65 career games as a collegian.
A native of Putnam Valley, N.Y., Mike Ammann will continue to play with his brother on the professional level, as the New York Titans grabbed him with the 59th overall selection. Ammann, who was voted to the all-conference second team as a junior, totaled 65 career points with 23 goals and 42 assists.
“I am on cloud nine right now,” said Mike Ammann, who helped the Great Danes win two conference championships and make two NCAA appearances during his career. “We have a great connection, we have played with each other our whole lives so we know where we are on the field at all times.”
A total of 76 players, including 54 United States collegians, were selected in the six-round NLL Entry Draft. UAlbany had two players drafted in 2007, when Frank Resetarits and Thomson went in the first round.