BOSTON -- Men's lacrosse standout attackman Danny Eipp came to Groton-Dunstable during the 2009-2010 school year from Westhill High School, in Syracuse, N.Y. Eipp made his presence felt as a Crusader 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."
It should come as no surprise that Eipp, who is now a senior biology major at Harvard University, was taken in the fourth round of the Major League Lacrosse Draft as the 32nd overall by the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday in Philadelphia at the National Lacrosse Convention.
Eipp was not in attendance at the draft, but he was following along on the Internet and on Twitter.
"I was following the live draft updates on Insidelacrosse.com," the Harvard senior said. "I watched probably until the 20th pick, and 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.
As the old saying goes, "a watched pot never boils," and apparently the same is true for the MLL Draft. As soon as Eipp diverted his attention from the draft to watching the movie, Labor Day, his phone was inundated with congratulatory messages on becoming a professional player.
"It was a surreal experience," an elated 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 eligibility."
Eipp, who lived the majority of his life in Upstate New York prior to moving to Groton, grew up attending Rochester Rattlers and Long Island Lizards 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 them (the kids) how happy I am, and that it can happen if you put the work in."
The former 2009-2010 Nashoba Publishing Male Athlete of the Year was second on the Harvard Crimson in scoring in his sophomore season with 24 goals and 18 assists. Eipp's 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's accolades are not limited domestically as he was a member of the U19 USA Men's Lacrosse team. Eipp helped steer the U19s to its fifth consecutive gold medal.
Lacrosse in recent years has spread like wildfire in the Nashoba Valley and Eipp has a profound message for these local players.
"I always had it in the back of my mind that I would make it," he said. " I always used it as a little motivation to always make it to the top. I was fortunate two years ago to represent the United States National U-19 team and I have been very fortunate with what lacrosse has done for me. That has been echoed by my hard work in the classroom and transferring that over to the lacrosse field. It has to be a two-way street both athletically and academically."
Eipp's family currently resides in Townsend. Eipp will join the Rattlers at camp after the conclusion of the Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Tournament in late May.