SOMERS, N.Y. — It’s been a surreal past few weeks for Somers graduate Alex Corpolongo, who was selected 50th overall by the Boston Cannons in the Major League Lacrosse Draft.
“It’s definitely an honor to be drafted in the MLL,” Corpolongo said. “I’ve been playing this game my whole life and been working really hard at it for a long time. It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to pursue a championship at the game’s highest level.”
Last weekend, the 6-foot-3 Corpolongo suited up for Boston’s home game against Denver but was not placed in the rotation. He earns a humble practice salary at the moment, but said he would do it all for free.
The recent graduate of Stony Brook University, who earned a degree in civil engineering, lives at home and commutes either by train or plane for weekend practices and games in a more laid-back atmosphere than college.
“In college we practiced at least three hours a day,” said Corpolongo, who was selected in the sixth round. “In the pros we practice maybe for an hour and-a-half a day before a game and we will run through practice for an hour the day of a game. That’s it for the week.”
Corpolongo, who was not sure if he would get drafted, even has a job lined up to start in August, which is when the MLL season ends.
It was one last banner season at Stony Brook too, as Corpolongo made the all-academic team for the second-straight year while extending a scoring streak to 31 games in-a-row. He also made the first team in the All-America East Conference and finished ninth on the college’s all-time scoring list with 95 goals.
The midfielder will wear No. 6 and is prepared to compete each day to keep his spot in the league.
“It’s a really cutthroat league,” Corpolongo said. “You’ll see guys that get a shot but battle on the practice roster all year. I met guys who had been competing since training camp in April. You’ve got to just seize that opportunity once you get it and play as hard as you can while not looking back.”