SPOTLIGHT ON MITCH BELISLE
The New York Titans selected a hometown defenseman with their 13th pick in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft on September 1st.
Mitch Belisle went to college in the northern part of New York State to attend Cornell University, where he majored in Industrial and Labor Relations. From there, he decided to make Manhattan home, and took a position with a financial firm. He admits that having his home turf, Madison Square Garden, be in his backyard is a perk of being picked up by the Titans.
“Of all the teams that had draft picks this year, I wanted to be picked up by the Titans,” Belisle said. “Being able to play in front of my friends and family is great. And calling Madison Square Garden home is also a big part of why playing for the Titans is so exciting.”
While at Cornell, Belisle was the winner of the Schmeisser Cup, which honors the collegiate national defenseman of the year. The 5’10”, 190-pound defender also earned first-team All-America honors in his last season with the Big Red where he anchored the third-best defense in the nation. A two-time first-team All-Ivy pick, Belisle’s defensive marks averaged 1.46 points per game against the Big Red in the 2007 season, but 2.83 points per game against other opponents. Belisle started every game during his final three seasons and averaged 34 loose balls per season, including 42 in 2007.
Titans Head Coach Adam Mueller sung Belisle’s praises after the draft. “Mitch was the Defenseman of the Year for Cornell and is an excellent stay-at-home defender who we will look to cover the league’s toughest players as he progresses,” he said.