The past 48 hours have been quite hectic for Dallastown High School graduate Patrick Conroy.
On Tuesday, it was made official that he was hired as an assistant coach for the Elizabethtown College men's lacrosse team.
Then on Wednesday, he was drafted into Major League Lacrosse. Conroy was selected in the ninth round with the 75th overall pick by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 2017 Supplemental Draft.
"I wasn't exactly expecting it," he said. "My future plans had me working toward it, so I was very fortunate and also very lucky to hear from the Bayhawks and I'm super excited to move forward with them."
Conroy said he knew that some of his coaches from Towson University were talking to members of the Chesapeake organization, and he had some other good words put in by other members of the lacrosse world.
Conroy saw valuable time in all four years as a member with the Tigers, serving mostly as a long-stick midfielder, but he took face-offs for the team from time to time, as well. After missing the first six games of his college career during the 2013 season because of an illness, he came back to play in each of the final 12, earning himself a spot on the Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team. He switched to short-stick midfielder for his sophomore season, but went back to a long-stick midfielder for his junior and senior seasons. He scored two goals and added an assist in his junior season and then scored once more as a senior. Last season, Conroy was an anchor on Towson's top-ranked scoring defense in the country, allowing just 7.3 goals per game.
After graduating from Towson last spring, Conroy was working toward developing his game to hopefully get drafted into the MLL in the near future. In the meantime, he took an assistant coaching position for the Blue Jays at Elizabethtown College, officially being named to head coach Chris Perzinski's staff on Tuesday.
With the college season taking part during the spring and the the MLL season not beginning until April, Conroy will still serve as coach and then transition back to player in the summer.
"(The MLL) practices start in late-April, which I will be able to make and juggle both, thank God," Conroy said. "So, I'm real fortunate about that, but during the summer, my primary focus will be (playing) lacrosse and my primary focus over the spring will be coaching."
Fortunately for Conroy, the Bayhawks play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the campus of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. So, it's a relatively close trip for him to make when he's pulling double duty at Elizabethtown College in the spring. It's also a short trip for his parents, Casey and Jo, and any of his Towson supporters to make.
Conroy graduated from Dallastown in the spring of 2012, where he excelled all four years with the Wildcats. He was a four-time York-Adams League and District 3 honoree and was named an All-American. He entered his senior season at Dallastown with only 13 career goals, but took off as a senior, netting 36 goals and adding 39 assists, earning him Y-A League Division I Player of the Year recognition. Coming out of high school, he was the 17th-rated long-stick midfielder, according to ESPN.
"I just want to thank my mom and dad for traveling and driving with me to all the club ball in high school," Patrick said. "It was worth it."
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