Secaucus, N.J.—UMBC baseball senior Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) heard his named called late on day two of the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft. The Clifton, Va. native was picked in the 10th round, pick number 311, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lachance adds to a storied career in the black and gold, as he was named to the America East All-Conference First Team in May, and earned ECAC All-Second Team honors last week. Lachance is the program leader in stolen bases in a single season, as well as a career. He finished his final campaign with a .373 average with team bests with 204 at bats, 76 hits, 50 runs scored and 28 stolen bases. He played in every game as a Retriever in his four-year career.
"Congratulations to Kevin for being the 10th round selection of the Dodgers. It is the dream of every one of our players to one day be a pro. I could not be happier for him. He has worked extremely hard over four years and he now has an opportunity to play at the next level. He is a great player, a great person, and a great teammate. I have no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him. I personally want to wish him the best of luck as a pro," Head Coach Bob Mumma said of Kevin being drafted by the Dodgers.
Lachance joins Mumma (13th Round, 1992), Steve Tomshack (36th Round, 1999), Joe Wilson (13th Round, 2003) and Jay Witasick (2nd Round, 1993) to be drafted, becoming the second highest round draft pick in school history. Zach Clark was signed as free agent in 2006 by the Baltimore Orioles, making his MLB debut on May 1, 2013. Brandon Coluccio also signed a pro contract recently, playing with the Aberdeen Ironbirds in 2014.