Firstie defender Tom Rigney and attacker Miles Silva of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team were both selected by the Denver Outlaws in the 2020 Major League Lacrosse Draft on Monday night.
Rigney was the fifth overall pick by the Outlaws and Silva was the 47th overall pick and the fifth selection in the eighth round of the draft.
"Joe Alberici does a terrific job coaching our men's lacrosse program and having them prepared to compete at an elite level," said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. "We are excited to see Tom and Miles have the possibility to continue their lacrosse careers in the MLL, competing with the grit and toughness you would expect from a West Point cadet. This opportunity could be the best of both worlds for these men who may be able to fulfill two dreams they have been working towards in the last 47 months - to serve the U.S. Army as second lieutenants and to play lacrosse professionally."
Coach Alberici has mentored 13 MLL draft picks in his time at Army, while the program has seen 16 total players selected into the league. Rigney is the top defensive pick in Alberici's tenure with John Glesener as the highest as the fourth pick in the first round in 2013.
Rigney was named All-America Honorable Mention after serving as the team's on-field leader his senior season. He recorded 23 ground balls, an assist and five caused turnovers. The senior from Nokesville, Va., finished his career with 76 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and three assists. Read more.