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Four Coquitlam Adanacs taken in 2022 National Lacrosse League draft

Forward Adam Noakes was the highest selection from the local club in the second round, 39th overall by the San Diego Seals.
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Coquitlam Adanacs defender Aiden Guld (left) battles for a loose ball against the New Westminster Salmonbellies in Western Lacrosse Association (WLA).

The Tri-Cities could see four more familiar faces competing on one of the biggest stages in lacrosse next season.

This past weekend, four members and/or alumni of the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs were selected at the 2022 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft.

Adam Noakes was the first to be taken off the board during the six-round event in Toronto on Saturday (Sept. 10).

The forward is set to stay in purple and gold when going pro  as he was selected 39th overall in the second round by the San Diego Seals.

Noakes recorded 43 points in 13 games with the A's in the 2022 BC Junior 'A' Lacrosse League (BCJALL) campaign, including 26 goals and 17 assists.

In the playoffs, he amassed 21 points in eight contests from 67 shots on net, and also led the league in penalty minutes (45).

Coquitlam fell to the eventual-champion Victoria Shammrocks 3-2 in the best-of-five semi-final series of the BCJALL postseason.

Meanwhile, Connor Nichols was next in line to be drafted to the NLL.

He won't be moving too far as the Calgary Roughnecks used their last pick in the second round, 43rd overall, to scoop up the Adanacs' goaltender, who went 7-3 in the regular season and 4-4 in the playoffs.

The Simon Fraser University (SFU) commit also recorded a 7.59 goals-against average — the second best in the BCJALL for the 2022 season.

Defenders Nick Musso and Aiden Guld were the final two to be taken out of Coquitlam before the draft came to a close.

Musso was selected 51st overall in third round by the defending NLL-champion Colorado Mammoth, while Guld was taken 98th overall in the sixth and final round by the Albany FireWolves.

In 2021, five Tri-Cities lacrosse players were drafted into the top level of North American lacrosse, representing the Adanacs and the Port Coquitlam Saints.