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Early Bird 2017
Courtesy: John Gill
Four Blue Devils Selected in MLL Draft
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/28/2017
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DURHAM, N.C.--Duke University attackman Jack Bruckner was selected by the Rochester Rattlers with the 39th overall pick to headline the quartet of Blue Devils chosen in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse draft. The four Blue Devils landed on three different teams in the league.

Bruckner was the third pick in the fifth round, while fellow Blue Devils Thomas Zenker, Kyle Rowe and Ian Yanulis were selected 62nd, 67th and 68th, respectively. Zenker joins the New York Lizards, Rowe went to the Rattlers and Yanulis to his hometown Boston Cannons squad.

An honorable mention All-America choice, Bruckner joins former Blue Devils Michael Manley, Ned Crotty and Jordan Wolf on the Rattlers. The Belle Terre, N.Y., native was second on the team in scoring with 65 points from 47 goals and 18 assists. He finished his career with at least one point in 56 consecutive games and at least one goal in 16 straight games.

Ranked second in the ACC in goals per game (2.61) and fourth in points per game (3.61), Bruckner registered 10 hat tricks and five games with at least five points in 2017. He captured his first All-ACC honor after scoring a combined 21 points in the four ACC outings. Bruckner earned his first ACC Offensive Player of the Week honor following his combined five goals and two assists in wins over Loyola and Jacksonville. He added a second weekly award after he netted four goals in the 11-8 triumph over Notre Dame.

For his career, Bruckner played in 75 games with 59 starts and compiled 146 goals and 51 assists for 197 career points. He graduated ranked 15th at Duke in career points and eighth in career goals.

Zenker reunites with 2013 captain David Lawson on the Lizards. A key player as a shortstick defensive midfielder, the Huntington, N.Y., native was crucial in Duke's success on the defensive end of the field in 2017. He had his best season his senior campaign with 24 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. The 24 loose balls were a career-best, while the seven forced turnovers tied with his total from last season. He picked up at least one ground ball in 14 games and had multiple in six of those. He corralled a season-high four in the season opener against Air Force.

A mainstay in the defensive midfield throughout his career, Zenker played in 71 career games, picked up 73 ground balls and forced 24 turnovers.

Rowe teams with Bruckner to head to the Rattlers, who currently have Drew Simoneau at the X with a 72-of-135 record (.533). One of the nation's top faceoff specialists, Rowe was stellar at the faceoff X for Duke in 2017, winning 214-of-367 draws for an ACC-best .583 win percentage. He also picked up 123 ground balls to lead the conference and rank ninth nationally with a 7.24 per game average.

Rowe, an All-ACC pick, won at least 50 percent of his draws in 12 of his 17 outings and picked up the ground ball in 68 percent of his faceoff victories that resulted in ground balls. The Vienna, Va., native was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after winning 17-of-24 draws in leading Duke to a 12-8 win over rival North Carolina.

For his career, Rowe played in 64 career games and is peppered throughout the NCAA records book. He is one of seven players in NCAA history to compile 800 faceoff victories, edging former Blue Devil great Brendan Fowler for sixth in NCAA history with 819. His 499 ground balls rank fourth in NCAA history.

In his three seasons at Duke, Rowe compiled 339 ground balls and 571 faceoff victories to finish behind Fowler in the Blue Devils records book. His 7.06 average during his three seasons at Duke is the best in Blue Devil history, while his 7.80 career average is 14th in NCAA history.

Yanulis, a mainstay on Duke's close defense and man down unit, returns to the Boston Cannons where former Blue Devil Justin Turri is a midfielder. The Duxbury, Mass., native played in 67 career games in his four seasons and started 15 of them. He finished 2017 with 15 ground balls and three caused turnovers as a key member of the man-down defense that led the ACC with a 67 percent success rate. For his career, Yanulis played in 67 games, corralling 87 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers.

Major League Lacrosse is six games into the 2017 season, which culminates Aug. 19 with the MLL Championship game at Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.

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