Cole Williams 2020 MLL Draft Prospect
February 8, 2020 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) News Release
Standing at 6'5", Cole Williams may appear better suited for the basketball court, but his size, strength and skill put him among the best attackmen playing NCAA lacrosse. The Johns Hopkins senior has racked up 68 goals over his three seasons and earned numerous honors along the way.
Lacrosse runs in the veins of Cole Williams, as all of his siblings found success on the lacrosse field. His oldest brother, Kyle, played lacrosse at St. Joe's from 2010-13 and was the team's Rookie of the Year in 2010 and team MVP in 2011. His next oldest brother, Chad, played at Stevenson from 2013-16 and helped the Mustangs to the 2013 NCAA Division III title. Chad was a defender, starting 61 games over his final three seasons and having earned USILA Honorable Mention All-America honors as a senior.
Williams, the youngest of the three boys, started to excel early. He finished his high school career at Loyola Blakefield with 93 goals and 83 assists, was an Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse All-America selection, was the MVP of the 2016 Under Armour All-America game, was a two-time First Team All-MIAA selection, and an MIAA champion and semi-finalist. It is no surprise Coach Dave Pietramala wanted to keep Cole Williams in Baltimore and recruited him to Hopkins.
In Williams' 2017 freshman season he played in all 15 games - one of four freshmen to do so. Similar to most freshmen, Willams spent the 2017 season adjusting to the elevated tempo of Top 25 NCAA play, contributing just 6 goals and 4 assists that season. 2018, with some experience under his belt, he started to excel. He was awarded Honorable Mention USILA All-American, Honorable Mention Inside Lacrosse All-American, Second Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten All-Tournament Team and finished second on the team in goals (35) and fourth in points (49) and assists (14). As a junior in 2019, Williams met the same standard he set in the previous season. He contributed 27 goals and 19 assists, including four three-goal games. Just as in 2018, he was named to the 2nd Team All-Big Ten and was second on the team in points (46) and assists (19) and third in goals (27).
Looking forward to 2020, the Blue Jays have a tough season ahead, with eleven games against teams ranked in MLL's Preseason Top 25 poll. The Jays went 8-8 last season, falling short in the Big Ten Championship game to Penn State. They have put 2019 behind them and it seems Williams is excited for the 2020 season, "I'm excited for the young guys to kind of step up," Williams told Mark Viviano with WJZ Baltimore. "We got 18 of them which is a pretty big percentage of our team. For the freshman and sophomores, I'm pretty excited for them to get their first game under their belts and see how they perform."
You can catch Cole Williams and the Blue Jays in their first game of the season as they take on the eighteenth ranked Towson Tigers 1 pm EST at Homewood Field or on ESPN 3.
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