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Bandits draft defenseman Matt Gilray and transition player Ian MacKay in Round 1

The Buffalo Bandits selected defenseman Matt Gilray and transition player Ian MacKay with their first-round picks in Tuesday's National Lacrosse League Draft.

The Bandits chose Gilray at No. 3 and MacKay at No. 4.

The selections fill a position of need, especially considering the Bandits used last year's first overall pick on Josh Byrne, a lefty forward.

Gilray played at Bucknell and with the Peterborough Lakers in Major Series Lacrosse, a Senior A box league in Canada. He was named to the All-Patriot League second team for the third consecutive year last spring. He played the final 10 games at close defense after starting the season as a long-stick midfielder. He recorded 28 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers.

MacKay's selection is the highest a University of Vermont player has been chosen in a pro lacrosse league. He left Vermont as the program's all-time leading scorer and helped the 2018 team to its highest ranking in school history at No. 12 in the nation and a program-record 12 victories.

He scored 11 goals in five games for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse last summer and also won a silver medal with Team Canada at the FIL World Championships in Israel.

In the fourth round, the Bandits selected goalie Devlin Shanahan. He is the son of NLL commentator Brian Shanahan and the nephew of former NHL star Brandan Shanahan.

Devlin Shanahan played for the Mimico Mountaineers in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League for the last four years. He went 6-2 this past season with 112 saves.

Connor Fields from Bishop Timon-St. Jude was selected No. 10 to the expansion San Diego Seals despite coming off major knee surgery.

Fields, a star attackman, played half his senior season at the University of Albany on a torn ACL, sprained MCL and injured meniscus. The ACL injury goes back to his junior year at Albany, but wasn't diagnosed until he had his MCL assessed.

He was a high school All-American in his junior and senior years, helped Bishop Timon win state titles in 2012 and 2013 and set a New York State record for single-season goals (129) his junior year. Inside Lacrosse ranked him as the No. 15 player in the Class of 2014.

At Albany, Fields was a three-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Award — the Heisman Trophy of lacrosse — graduated second all-time in Division I history in career points (364) and tied for fourth all-time in career goals (199).

Connor Kearnan was selected by the Seals after Fields. He played four seasons at Canisius College, earning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year twice and finishing second in school history in career assists. Indoors, he split this summer between the Senior A and B leagues in Canada, notching 23 points in 11 games at the highest level.

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