PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 13, 2020) – The Philadelphia Wings have signed six of their draft picks selected in the 2020 NLL entry draft. The team bolstered their defense with four defenders including Jackson Suboch (16th pick), Bryan Costabile (34th pick), Marc Pion (59th pick), and John Kit (74th pick). Forwards Ben French (51st pick) and Cole Williams (85th pick), who were each NCAA Division I standouts, rounded out the roster for the upcoming 2021-2020 season.
“We were able to add some impactful players through a very balanced draft in 2020, both on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor,” said Philadelphia Wings Head Coach and General Manager Paul Day. “We are excited to have these players join our Wings team as they provide great depth and are strong additions to our roster.”
1st Round (16th Overall) – Jackson Suboch, University of Massachusetts/The Hill Academy
Defense – 6-5, 215lbs
Started over 75% of all collegiate games at UMass…recorded 56 groundballs and 38 caused turnovers during his career… Helped UMass rank first in the CAA in caused turnovers per game (9.71) and man-down defense (.767), which also ranked ninth and 15th across NCAA Division I, respectively…Member of the Mimico Minor Lacrosse Association for Upper Canada College…Member of the Canada Lacrosse U19 Team at the FIL Men’s World Championship.
2nd Round (34th Overall) – Bryan Costabile, University of Notre Dame
Defense/Transition – 6-2, 210lbs
Drafted second overall in the 2020 PLL Draft by the Atlas Lacrosse Club…Ranks Ninth in Program History for Career Goals (99) and 19th for Career Points (118)…Set ND Record For Goals In A Season (2019) By A Midfielder (42)…2019 ACC Offensive Player of the Year…2019 Inside Lacrosse First Team All-American…2019 USILA First Team All-American…2019 Tewaaraton Nominee… 2 time All-ACC Team…3 time ACC All-Tournament Team…2018 Inside Lacrosse Second Team All-American…2018 USILA Second Team All-American…2018 ACC Tournament MVP.
3rd Round (51st Overall) – Ben French, University of Vermont/IMG Academy
Forward – 6-2, 195lbs
Captained the team as a senior and started all four games at attack… Finished senior season with seven goals and four assists for 11 points… Added nine ground balls and a caused turnover in 2020. As a junior, earned Second Team All-Conference honors after leading the Catamounts in goals and with a career-high 29 tallies … Started all 15 games and tallied a career-high 38 points in 2019… America East All-Conference Second Team (2019)… America East All-Rookie Team (2017).
4th Round (59th Overall) – Marc Pion, Johns Hopkins University/IMG Academy
Defense – 6-0, 200lbs
A member of the Harvard Crimson Lacrosse team in 2016 before transferring to Johns Hopkins to play for the Blue Jays where he played in 14 career games as a short-stick defensive middie… Ranked as the #51 freshman in the nation by Inside Lacrosse in 2016… Ranked as the #13 freshman defenseman in the nation by Inside Lacrosse in 2016… Under Armour All-American (2015) as a senior at IMG Academy and a US Lacrosse All-American (2014) as a junior…Two time team captain for the IMG National Team.
5th Round (74th Overall) – John Kit, Western/St. Catharine’s Junior A
Defense – 6-1, 170lbs
6th Round (85th Overall) – Cole Williams, Johns Hopkins University/Loyola
Forward – 6-5, 215lbs
Started all six games on attack during senior season… Led the team in points (17) and assists (6) and tied for the team lead in goals (11). Selected for Second Team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year as a junior… Academic All-Big Ten selection for second straight year (2019)… Honorable Mention USILA All-American (2018)… Honorable Mention Inside Lacrosse All-American (2018)… Second Team All-Big Ten and named to Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2018).
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The off-season saw the Wings make several key moves including the re-signing of top 5 NLL goal scorer and Drexel University graduate Ben McIntosh. The Wings traded for McIntosh in the summer of 2020 and re-signed him as an unrestricted free agent for the upcoming season. Due to the league-wide pause caused by COVID-19 for the 2019-2020 season, McIntosh will make his debut with the Wings when the new season begins in December.