Vancouver, BC (Saturday, April 4, 2015) – Logan Schuss has been playing with pressure for most of his lacrosse career, so when the reigning National Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year was traded to the Vancouver Stealth on Tuesday, the expectations to perform became that much greater, something the 24 year old is looking forward to.
Schuss didn’t seem to miss a beat in his first game with his hometown team as he scored on his first shot, rifling one past Edmonton Rush goalie Aaron Bold last night. (Click HERE to see the goal). He finished with a team-high six points (1g, 5a) and looked comfortable in his new surroundings. The Stealth would end up losing the game in overtime, 15-14 at Rexall Place. It’s a quick turnaround as both teams prepare for a showdown at the Langley Events Centre tonight to wrap up the home-and-home series.
“There’s always pressure when you get dealt to a new team and you’re expected to perform,” said Schuss. “I’ve been in a pressure role before from college, juniors and the pro ranks. I’ve got a great supporting cast with a talented offense. I’m going to put my best foot forward do what I can to get a win.”
Schuss was involved in a trade on the final day of the National Lacrosse League trade deadline when he was dealt from Minnesota to Vancouver. The Ladner, BC native knows how lucky he is to be playing for his hometown team.
“It’s exciting being close to home and having access to all the facilities here and actually be able to build some chemistry throughout the week,” he said. “It’s nice to see some of the guys I know and meet the new guys. “I didn’t have that with Minnesota due to my work commitments.”
“We are ecstatic to bring Logan home to Vancouver,” said Stealth President and General Manager Doug Locker. “The opportunity to add a player of his caliber brings an additional goal scorer to a lineup that we already like, and the fact that we can bring a prominent BC player home to represent his local team makes it all the more special.”
Schuss earned 2014 NLL Rookie of the Year honours after an impressive 73 points (36 goals, 37 assists) and 77 loose balls in 18 games.
“Anyone that’s watched Logan play knows that he can fire the ball from anywhere and he’s deadly,” said Transition player Ilija Gajic, who plays summer lacrosse against Schuss as a member of the Burnaby Lakers. “You give him time and space and he’ll punish you.”
“I’ve played against Logan my whole life,” said forward Tyler Digby. “We’ve had some good battles and it’ll nice to play alongside him now. He’s going to bring a lot to our offense.”
The top draft pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft was a standout in college, attending the prestigious Ohio State University on a lacrosse scholarship.
Local fans will see Schuss in action tonight when the Vancouver Stealth (4-8) host the Edmonton Rush (8-4). Game time is at 7:00PM PST at the Langley Events Centre. It will be the only visit the Rush make to the LEC during the regular season. The first 1,000 fans receive a Stealth Coin Bank, sponsored by G&F Financial Group.
For details visit www.StealthLAX.com