Brooklin’s Donville chosen first overall by Panther City in NLL draft

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Published September 7, 2021 at 2:12 pm

Brooklin Lacrosse Club star Jonathan Donville added to his already impressive resume by going first overall in the National Lacrosse League’s draft last week to the expansion Panther City club out of Fort Worth, Texas.

Donville, who also went first overall in the 2020 MSL Entry draft to Brooklin, enjoyed a stellar outdoor career at Cornell University and will join the University of Maryland as a graduate transfer before starting his pro career in Texas.

“Donville checks all the boxes,” Panther City GM Bob Hamley said of the Oakville product. “He is intelligent, a hard worker and an elite talent, and we look forward to having him in Panther City for a long time to come.”

Donville, who appeared in five out of the eight MSL Classic games for Brooklin, finished tied for second in team scoring, racking up 25 points, including 12 goals.

Brooklin, who topped the MSL Classic tournament with a 7-1 record, had six other players selected in the NLL draft, including three more in the first round. Breakout star Kyle Waters went sixth to Calgary, Ryan Barnable was chosen eighth by Saskatchewan and Justin Inacio – who will join Waters in Calgary – was selected tenth overall.

Corson Kealey heard his name called in the second round by Rochester; Devin Pipher went to Georgia in the third round; and Bryce Tolmie was a fourth-round pick of the New York Riptide.

Barnable and Pipher (Whitby Warriors) and Tolmie (Clarington Green Gaels) are all Durham Region-raised players.

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