Middlebury

Stone Drafted By Boston

October 20, 2009

Mike Stone has been drafted by the Boston Blazers professional lacrosse team. The '09 Middlebury graduate was the 59th overall selection in the draft and will look to suit up for his hometown team this winter when the season begins in January. The former Panther had an amazing career at Middlebury, ending his four-years with 124 goals and 48 assists for 172 points in 69 games.

Stone was a two-time first-team All-American at Middlebury, earning honorable mention honors during his sophomore season. The two-time NESCAC Player of the Year was also a three-time first-team All-NESCAC selection. He led the NESCAC in '09 with 3.17 goals/game, while ranking second with 4.1 points/contest. Stone finished the season with 16 assists to go along with his 57 goals for 73 points, including 46 ground balls.

Head Coach Dave Campbell was pleased with Stone getting the opportunity. "I'm happy that Mike will get to keep playing the sport he loves competitively for a few more years after graduating from Middlebury," said Campbell. "He's certainly an all-time great in our program and one of the top midfielders to ever wear a Middlebury uniform. We'll miss his leadership and competitive fire this year but the example he set for our younger players will continue to have an effect on our team for years to come."

In a recently online article at fanrates.com, Stone said, "Growing up in the Boston area I've been going to games at the TD Garden for years. Having the chance to play at the TD Garden is going to be an amazing experience and is something I am really looking forward to." He added, "I just love competing and playing the game. I hope to keep playing for a while."