ROOKIE REWIND WITH DAN LOMASJul 27, 2017
(July 27, 2017)… After selecting forwards Josh Currier and Kyle Jackson in the first round of the 2016 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, the Rochester Knighthawks went after another proven weapon in the second round.
Rochester traded up to select High Point University’s all-time leading scorer, Dan Lomas. It was quite an exciting evening as the Burlington, Ontario native was chosen 16th overall in his hometown. Lomas’ resume included back-to-back 80-point seasons with the Junior “A” Burlington Chiefs and 159 career goals at High Point.
The three-time All-American was a perfect fit on the Knighthawks’ left side of the offense. During his rookie campaign, Lomas finished fourth on the team in assists (23) and points (38). He was also fourth in the NLL in points among rookies, while recording points in 13 of his 14 games.
In the fourth edition of the Rookie Rewind, Lomas rehashes his introduction to the NLL.
Thinking back to the draft, how exciting was that experience?
It was absolutely incredible. To have my family there and have my lifelong dream of playing in the NLL become a reality was truly unforgettable. Being drafted by the Knighthawks was the cherry on top of everything.
Rochester traded up to take you in the second round. How did it make you feel that a team had that much faith in you?
It was exciting for me. Having that in the back of my mind during training camp and throughout the season definitely helped give me the extra confidence I needed.
Was training camp everything you expected?
It was a battle but it was amazing. We have such a great group of guys in Rochester, and the way they welcomed us rookies in with open arms was incredible.
Describe your emotions during your pro debut?
It was surreal. Initially I was very nervous, but as the game started everything seemed to slow down and become extremely fun.
How did it feel to post five points in your pro debut?
It was a great feeling but it was even more exciting to win the game. On April 22, you notched career bests with three goals, four assists and seven points.
How much fun is it to play in a game like that?
It’s definitely fun. It feels great to be able to help the team win especially in a must-win situation like the one we were in. Being able to contribute on the score sheet is a bonus, but I was just happy we were able to get the win that night.
You were one of three Knighthawks community service award winners this season. How much do you enjoy that type of work?
It was awesome to be in the community and see lacrosse grow at the grassroots level. Being fortunate enough to interact with the community on a daily basis was a blessing and I will never forget those times.
What are you working on this summer to prepare for your sophomore season?
I am working to become a more complete player to help this team take the next step and get back on top of the league. I want to know I am in the best shape possible coming into training camp and that my skills are the best they have ever been.