CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sacred Heart senior midfielder Max Tuttle became the fourth SHU men's lacrosse player and the first-ever first round pick in program history to be drafted in the Major League Lacrosse Draft, held on Saturday night. Tuttle went sixth overall to the reigning MLL Champion Denver Outlaws in the first round.
Tuttle joins a list that includes Tony Tanzi '08, Tim Katz '10 and Brian Masi '17 as the only SHU men's lacrosse players to be MLL draft picks. Tanzi went 46th overall (5th round) to Boston back in 2008, Katz was selected 28th overall (5th round) by Long Island in 2010 and Masi went 74th overall (9th round) to Atlanta in 2017. Tuttle makes history as the program's first-ever first round pick as well as the highest-selected player in program history.
One of the greatest players in program history has already become the program's Division I (since 2000) leader in career points (170) while ranking second in goals (116) and fourth in assists (54) with at least seven games still remaining for the Pioneers in the 2019 season. He is just four points away from become the program's all-time leader in career points and is 14 goals away from the all-time goals record at SHU.
After setting the program's single-season record in points (64) and goals (46) in 2018, Tuttle was honored with a bevy of awards that included NEC Player of the Year recognition as well as USILA and Inside Lacrosse All-America Honorable Mention, USILA Player of the Year consideration and a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award handed to college lacrosse's National Player of the Year.
Through seven games in 2019, Tuttle is well on his way to another record-breaking campaign as he currently stands with 30 points (21 goals, nine assists) on the season. After his six-point outburst (five goals, one assist) in today's 16-12 road win over Hartford, Tuttle has scored 10 goals over the last two games. His 30 points ranks second on the team while his 21 goals are tied with classmate Joe Saggese for the team-lead.
A native of Castle Rock, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, Tuttle's drafting by the Outlaws will be a homecoming for the SHU midfielder. Denver is a three-time MLL Champion and have won two of the last three MLL titles. Tuttle joins a stacked roster that includes University of Denver graduate Eric Law as well as a pair of former standouts Matt Kavanagh of Notre Dame and Chris Cloutier of North Carolina.