January 22nd, 2016
St. X alum drafted in Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft
Leading into last lacrosse season, Bellarmine University's Bobby Schmitt received heartbreaking news when he found out he would miss the entire year due to injury.
On Friday, the Knights' All-American once again got big news heading into another campaign, but this time it was worth a rowdy celebration, as the senior long stick midfielder was chosen in the fourth round with the 33rd overall pick of the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Ohio Machine.
Schmitt became the 20th professional draft pick in Bellarmine program history. The Louisville native follows Chad Mitchell and Cameron Gardner, who were picked back-to-back in September of 2014 in the National Lacrosse League Draft. Following each season since 2005, the Knights have had a player drafted with the lone exception of 2011.
Schmitt's selection follows a 2015 season in which he was sidelined because of injury, but the product of St. Xavier (Ky.) High School had already established himself as a pro prospect with decorated seasons as a sophomore and junior. With his senior year still ahead of him, he's already the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers and is fifth in ground balls, leading the Knights in both categories in 2013 and 2014.
As far as accolades, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound LSM was an honorable-mention All-American in 2014, a campaign in which he was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Specialist of the Year and first-team All-ECAC. He made the second team in 2013. Schmitt was recently chosen on the Southern Conference's Preseason All-Conference team - BU transitioned to the SoCon last season.
Schmitt is Bellarmine's captain this season and is looking forward to his return to the field. He'll suit up as a professional draft pick.