Rochester Knighthawks general manager Dan Carey announced today that the team has signed 2022 first overall pick Thomas McConvey to a two-year contract, pending league approval.
The recipient of the Lt. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation’s top midfielder, McConvey was one of three University of Virginia players to be named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) First Team All-American in 2023. He was also an Inside Lacrosse First Team All-American as well as a USA Lacrosse Magazine Second Team All-American selection.
McConvey, who was selected by Rochester first overall in the 2022 NLL Entry Draft, is the seventh player in program history to garner the honor and second under the tutelage of head coach Lars Tiffany. Former Virginia long-stick midfielder and Rochester native Jared Conners, who made his professional debut with the Knighthawks during the 2021-22 season, was the previous recipient of the award in 2019.
McConvey, who carried a 52-game point streak into his graduate season at Virginia, the longest in the nation, started all 17 games for the Cavaliers, scoring 28 goals and adding 24 assists for 52 points. Named an All-ACC selection, McConvey notched season-highs in goals (4) and points (5) against No. 3 Maryland on March 18.
Prior to joining Virginia, McConvey played four years at the University of Vermont, where he was a three-time USILA and Inside Lacrosse All-American.
One of the most decorated players in program history, the Toronto, Ontario, native compiled one of the most dominant offensive performances as a senior in 2022, setting a program-record with 60 goals, becoming the first player in school history to score more than 50 in a season. He also added 14 assists for a career-high 74 points while starting in all 19 games for the Catamounts, earning him America East Offensive Player of the Year and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. McConvey is just the second player in Vermont history to be tabbed the top player by America East.
He scored 12 goals in the America East championship on his way to being named the Most Outstanding Player during Vermont’s run to its second straight conference championship.
In 52 career games with Vermont, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound midfielder totaled 174 points (127+47), finishing seventh all-time in scoring in program history. He recorded at least one point in every game over his four-year career, including a hat trick in eight straight games during his final season.
A two-time America East All-Conference First Team selection (2021-22) and a two-time All-New England First Team selection (2021-22), McConvey was also named to the America East All-Rookie Team following a productive 32-point campaign as a freshman in 2019.
Before attending Vermont, McConvey helped St. Michael’s College School to four straight Ontario provincial championships. A two-year team captain, he amassed 207 points over his final two seasons and was named team MVP as a senior in 2018.
He also played three seasons of Junior ‘A’ ball with the Mimico Mountaineers from 2017 to 2019, during which he totaled 188 points (82+106) in 60 games. In 2019, he led the Ontario Junior Lacrosse League in goals (48) and points (105) in only 20 games.
Internationally, he captained Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2022 World Lacrosse Men’s U-21 Championship in Limerick, Ireland.
McConvey is currently in his rookie season with the Waterdogs Lacrosse Club after being selected eighth overall in the 2023 Premier Lacrosse League Collegiate Draft. He has three goals and four points in two games this season, including a two-point effort (1+1) in his season debut against Chrome on July 8.