GROTON -- Danny Eipp, a former Groton-Dunstable High School lacrosse standout, was drafted recently in the fourth round of the Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Rochester Rattlers.
Eipp was the 32nd overall selection.
Eipp came to G-D during the 2009-2010 school year from Westhill High School, in Syracuse, N.Y. He immediately made his presence felt as a multi-sport athlete and an All-American lacrosse player.
"We are all very proud of Danny," Groton-Dunstable head coach Rick Arena said of his former player. "He has made such a tremendous impact in the G-D community. It is no surprise that he has been considered one of the top players in the country for a long time. It is certainly no surprise that he then gets drafted. He does a lot of work with young lacrosse players in the town. He certainly enjoys giving back to our community."
Eipp, a senior biology major at Harvard University, was not in attendance at the draft, but was following along on the internet.
"I was following the live draft updates on Insidelacrosse.com," Eipp said. "I watched probably until the 20th pick, then I stopped watching. I started watching a Denzel Washington movie, because I figured I wasn't going to get picked with my injury last year."
Almost as soon as Eipp diverted his attention from the draft to watching the movie, Labor Day, his phone filled up with congratulatory messages.
"It was a surreal experience," Eipp said. "All of a sudden I started getting a bunch of text messages, Facebook messages and tweets from all of my friends -- I was very happy. Before I talk with the Rattlers, I have to use up all of my (college) eligibility."
Eipp actually grew up attending Rochester Rattlers games as a kid.
"Honestly, I have always dreamed about this happening," he said. "It is still a little bit surreal.
"After moving to Boston to attend Harvard, I have always followed the Boston Cannons. When I take the field, I am going to remember being the age of the kids watching me and try to represent myself in the best way possible. They (the Rattlers) meant so much to me as a kid. I want to show the kids how happy I am, and that it can happen if you put the work in."
Eipp was second in scoring for Harvard in his sophomore season with 24 goals and 18 assists. His junior season was cut short due to a knee injury he suffered midway through the year. Eipp is the fifth Crimson lacrosse player to be drafted into the MLL.
Eipp was also a member of the U19 USA lacrosse team and helped steer them to a fifth consecutive gold medal.
Eipp's family currently resides in Townsend. His younger sister, Erika, is a sophomore lacrosse player at UMass Amherst.
Eipp will join the Rattlers at camp after the conclusion of the Ivy League Tournament in late May.