Where are they now? Grant Stoneman

Grant Stoneman
Lansing Ignite defender Grant Stoneman (4) rises for a header against Richmond Kickers midfielder Alex Ainscough during a Saturday, April 13 match at Cooley Law School Stadium. (Photo courtesy of the Lansing Ignite)

By Andrew Hattersley

After becoming just the second Loyola draft pick in the program’s history, Grant Stoneman’s pro career is off to a good start with the Lansing Ignite of USL League One.

Stoneman, who was selected 55th overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, extended the Ignite’s lead over Richmond to 3-1 just three minutes after Lansing’s lead had been cut in half in the team’s home opener on Mar. 30.

Just moments later, Stoneman was again there to take one off the board as his slide tackle in the 71st minute denied a potential goal-scoring opportunity that again would have cut the lead down to one.

The former senior captain for the Ramblers became the second consecutive Loyola player to be drafted after Elliot Collier, who was drafted by the Fire in 2018.

Stoneman logged 1,508 minutes to lead all Ramblers defenders and contributed to eight shutouts over the course of his senior season. The defender also got in on the goal-scoring fun with three goals and was tied for second on the team with seven total points.

The Ignite are back in action Tuesday night against Michigan State before remaining at home to square off against Toronto FC.

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