CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sacred Heart senior defender Landon Kramer became the sixth SHU men's lacrosse player to be drafted in the Major League Lacrosse Draft, held on Saturday night from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. Kramer went 62nd overall to the 2018 MLL Runner-Up Dallas Rattlers in the seventh round.
Kramer becomes the third Pioneer drafted on the evening, joining fellow classmates Max Tuttle (sixth overall, Denver) and Joe Saggese (44th overall, Dallas) who were both drafted earlier. Kramer also becomes the second Pioneer drafted by the Dallas Rattlers, joining Saggese who was taken two round earlier. Heading into the evening with three players taken in the MLL Draft in program history, SHU has doubled that total in one evening as Kramer becomes the sixth player in program history to be chosen in the MLL Draft. He joins a list that includes Tuttle, Saggese, Tony Tanzi '08, Tim Katz '10 and Brian Masi '17.
Versatility has been key throughout Kramer's four-year career as a Pioneer, as he has shifted from attacking midfield to a more defensive midfield position late in his SHU career. After seeing time in 11 games as a freshman, Kramer began to make a significant impact on the defensive end in his sophomore season, racking up 13 ground balls and six caused turnovers in just nine games in 2017. He transitioned into an attack midfielder in his junior season, totaling 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 15 games (four starts) to go along with 14 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.
Moving into his senior season, Kramer shifted back to a defensive midfielder role and has thrived thus far in 2019, tallying a team-leading 17 caused turnovers to go along with 14 ground balls, one goal and one assist in six games (all starts) thus far for the Pioneers. He has even taken 17 faceoffs (five wins) through six appearances. He set a career-high with six caused turnovers against Fairfield on Feb. 23 this season and most-recently tallied five caused turnovers in a road win over Hartford this afternoon. Kramer leads the NEC with his 17 caused turnovers this season and ranks Top 5 in the nation with 2.83 caused turnovers per game.
Krmaer joins Saggese as the SHU duo will play for a storied franchise and charter member of the MLL in the Dallas Rattlers. Formerly operating as the Rochester Rattlers, the franchise moved to Dallas for the start of the 2018 season, one in which the Rattlers advanced to the finals before falling to the Denver Outlaws. The Rattlers have advanced to the title game in three of the last four seasons (lost all three) and have one title in franchise history (2008).