BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) On May 5th, the UVM men's lacrosse team saw one of the most successful seasons in school history come to a close with a loss to Albany in the America East Championship Game. On Saturday, just two weeks after his college career ended, the program's all-time leading scorer is expected to make his professional debut.
Former Catamount midfielder Ian MacKay was taken in the second round of the Major League Lacrosse draft by the Chesapeake Bayhawks back in April, but Vermont still had a couple weeks left in its season.
MacKay traveled with the team a week ago to Denver, but will be in uniform and expects to play with his new team for the first time in a road game against the Boston Cannons Saturday night. It'll be part of a busy weekend for the two-time All-American, who has a fairly important ceremony to attend back in Burlington on Sunday: his own graduation.
"Most weekends I'd be flying wherever I'm playing that weekend and unfortunately there's no flights from Burlington to Boston, the quick trip," said MacKay. "My dad's actually flying in for graduation and everything. He's gonna pick me up and drive me down (Friday) morning and then we practice (Friday) night, play Saturday night, and I'll be driving right back here Sunday morning for graduation. To be able to go down to Boston and play this weekend is gonna be pretty awesome in front of a lot of family and friends and it's nice that there's not much of a transition period right into it, so I guess have a foot up on everyone else practicing every day for a full year, so I'm looking forward to it for sure."