Connor Fields Undergoes ACL Surgery; Out 4-6 Months

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The Charlotte Hounds first round 2018 draft pick, 4th overall,  Connor Fields underwent surgery this morning to repair a torn ACL.

The Buffalo native is what they would call "Buffalo Tough" as he played on one knee for practically two season in college at Albany. He originally tore his ACL prior to his junior season, 2017, but it wasn't diagnosed until he sprained his MCL midway through his senior season, 2018.

Fields didn't seem to let his knee injuries slow him down as he became one of the greatest college players in NCAA and UAlbany history. Fields missed a few games in his senior season but still helped lead Albany to their first championship weekend appearance as they lost to eventual champions,Yale, in the semifinals. It wasn't until after that game that Albany head coach Scott Marr disclosed the full extent of Fields' injury.

Because he got a cortisone shot prior to Albany's semifinal game against Yale Fields had to wait longer to undergo surgery. Fields decided to go ahead and play for the Hounds in the MLL this summer. Fields made his MLL debut with the Hounds on June 16th against the New York Lizards. He would leave the Hounds game against the Atlanta Blaze on June 30th with another knee related issue. Fields played in a total of three games as he tallied 6 goals and 2 assist in his rookie season.

Fields' surgery this morning to repair a torn ACL will put him out 6-4 months. Fields' is looking to play in both the MLL and NLL but that may not look like reality at the moment. The NLL draft is this fall and with his ACL recover he won't be able to suit up in an NLL game until December at the earliest and February at the latest. I know he want's to play but I'm not sure if his doctor would advise that. When ever Fields returns, whether it'll be in the MLL or NLL, I know that everyone will be happy to see him back and healthy again.

Best of luck to Connor on his recovery and everyone hopes to see him back on the field or floor fully healthy sooner rather than later.