PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sacred Heart men's lacrosse alum Julian Garritano has been drafted by the Colorado Mammoth of National Lacrosse League. The 2018-19 NLL Entry Draft took place Tuesday evening, where Garritano was selected 35th overall in the third round.
Garritano joins a list of other recent SHU graduates, including Mike Mawdsley (2014-NLL-New England Black Wolves) and Brian Massi (2017 MLL-Atlanta Blaze) as former Pioneers who have been drafted during the tenure of head coach Jon Basti.
"He was our captain last year," Basti said. "He is a great example of what the right thing to do is. He was so unselfish and everybody listed to him. If he told you to do something, you didn't question it. He ran this team."
Garritano tallied 18 goals as a senior in 2018 and ranked fifth on the team with 20 points. He had a pair of hat tricks, including scoring the game-tying goal late in regulation and the overtime game-winner against Providence on March 3. As a junior in 2017, he collected 20 goals and seven assists over 15 games.
"Julian was a guy who went from being an average player to finishing his career here on top," Basti said. "He floundered at the beginning of his career on and off the field, and then he completely changed everything about himself, and in turn, it changed the program. It was impressive to see and helped change the program for the better, and because of how hard he worked here and what he learned, he is now a professional athlete. It's impressive to see and I have a lot of pride in him and our past guys for getting drafted.
"He totally changed everything he did," Basti added. "He graduated with his bachelor's and got a master's degree with over a 3.0 GPA. He never got in trouble at all and was just the perfect student-athlete. He stayed out of trouble, kept other guys out of trouble and was a leader. He set the example for the entire team and followed through with it."
Garritano was one of three former Northeast Conference student-athletes selected, joining Zach Bryant and Zac Christiansen from Robert Morris. The draft featured six rounds and 74 total picks. The National Lacrosse League season opens up December 1.