FOXBORO, Mass. – Sacred Heart graduating senior midfielder Brian Masi became the second SHU men's lacrosse player in program history to be drafted in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft on Sunday. Masi was selected 74th overall to the Atlanta Blaze.
"I'm very honored by this opportunity that the Atlanta Blaze organization has given me," said Masi after being drafted Sunday. "I'd like to thank all of my coaches and teammates for their support over the last four years."
Masi had an assist in Friday's USILA/Nike North-South All-Star game in Providence. A three-time All-NEC selection in his career, Masi had a career year as a senior posting career-highs of 24 goals, 15 assists, and 39 points. He recorded his 100th career point on March 18 against Robert Morris and finished his career with 83 goals and 126 points. He was named to the All-NEC First Team and All-ECAC Second Team this past season.
"I would like to congratulate Brian on being drafted to the Atlanta Blaze," said head coach Jon Basti, who led SHU to nine wins in 2017, a program-high in the Division I era. "He had a great career as a Pioneer and I'm very confident he'll do well in the MLL. He's the type of individual that will do whatever it takes to win, which he proved this year. This will serve him well throughout his pro career."
Basti added, "I would like to thank Brian for all he has done for our program over the last four years. This is proof that if you play fast, play hard, and have fun, anything is possible."
Masi is the second Pioneer to be taken in the MLL draft. In 2008, Tony Tanzi was selected in the fifth round by the Boston Cannons.