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Peterborough Century 21 Lakers' Austin Hasen scores on Brooklin goalie Nick Damude at the Memorial Centre on Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Peterborough, Ont.

Peterborough Century 21 Lakers' Austin Hasen scores on Brooklin goalie Nick Damude at the Memorial Centre on Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Peterborough, Ont.

Juniors Hendrycks selected by Toronto, Knott by Philadelphia

By Mike DaviesExaminer Sports Director

Mon., Sept. 12, 20223 min. read

Austin Hasen’s National Lacrosse League career is going to remain all in the family.

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers rookie standout was selected in the first round, 15th overall, in Saturday’s NLL draft by the Rochester Knighthawks. Hasen was in Toronto for the afternoon draft with his father Mike Hasen who is Rochester’s head coach. The pair then hopped in the car and drove to Peterborough for Game 2 of the Mann Cup where father is also coaching son with the Century 21 Lakers. Mike has also been Austin’s coach in junior and minor lacrosse.

“I know what he wants from me so it’s going to be fun,” said Austin Hasen. “It’s another level where I can play under him and make more memories.”

“I’m glad things worked out the way they did because you don’t know what is going to happen at the draft,” said Mike Hasen. “The first time he showed up in Rochester he was two-and-a-half months old. Now he has the opportunity to stay there a while and earn his spot. It’s up to him what he does with this next.”

Mike has been with Rochester since 1999, first as a player and then as a coach.

A number of Austin’s Lakers teammates also play in Rochester.

“I got to finally see where I’m going to land in Rochester and I’m excited for that especially being around the guys here (in Peterborough) who are a part of it. It’s going to be exciting,” said Hasen.

It was also rewarding to be a first-round selection.

“You don’t really look at the number you were picked. It doesn’t matter next week but it was definitely one of my goals to be a first-round draft pick. I succeeded on that but now it’s time to make the team out of camp and that’s my next goal.”

Hasen is getting an insight into what pro lacrosse will be like in the Mann Cup where both teams are stacked with NLL stars. Hasen has four goals and an assist in the opening two games.

“It’s another level,” he said. “Every game this year has been another level. The first game of playoffs was another level and the first game against Six Nations was another level. Now this is another one but it’s exciting. I’m having a lot of fun.”

The Lakers, who are trying to win a fourth straight Mann Cup, entered Monday’s Game 3 trailing the Langley Thunder 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

“The group of guys here have been through it before. It’s a very veteran room and they are good at leadership so I think we’re going to be able to bounce back and bring what we need forward on Monday,” said Hasen.

Two other members of the Lakers family were drafted.

Merit Precision junior-A Lakers Tyler Hendrycks was selected in the second round, 35th overall by the Toronto Rock while goalie Deacan Knott from Curve Lake was selected in the second round, 38th overall by the Philadelphia Wings.

Paul Day, GM of both the Lakers and Wings, has seen plenty of Knott.

“We think he has a great chance to have a future in the game,” said Day. “He works really hard on his game and we expect him to continue to develop in junior lacrosse and beyond.”

Knott was at the draft with his parents Carol and Ian.

“To hear my name was so surreal, an unbelievable experience,” said Knott. “My parents went crazy.”

To have Day, a Peterborough native, call his name was special.

“I’ve known Paul for a few years now just playing junior and to go to his team is another step of excitement and to get to play with a bunch of guys who play with the senior Lakers in Philly,” he said.