The Washington Stealth continued to assemble its roster for the 2012 season with familiar names as three more players from last season’s squad re-signed today. Defenseman Jeff Moleski agreed to a two-year contract, while defenseman Matt Beers and transition player Chet Koneczny each inked one-year deals, pending approval by the National Lacrosse League.
Moleski, a hard-nosed, left-handed defenseman from Prince George, B.C., will enter his second season with the Stealth. He was acquired from the Calgary Roughnecks prior to the 2011 season in exchange for a first round draft pick. Moleski tallied 13 points (3g, 10a) and 74 loose balls last season, appearing in all 16 regular season games. He also played in all three playoff games for the Stealth, recording a goal and 12 loose balls.
The 6’1”, 205 pound Moleski played the first six seasons of his career with the Calgary Roughnecks, winning an NLL title with the team in 2009. He’s played in 101 career regular season games, accumulating 77 points on 31 goals and 46 assists. Last May, Moleski won a gold medal at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships as a member of Team Canada.
“Obviously, we’re happy Jeff has committed two years to us,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. “It was a big move for us to bring him here last season and he’s brought everything we expected to our defense. He’s one of the best defenders in this league entering the prime of his career.”
Joining Moleski for another season on the Stealth defense is Matt Beers. Beers has made a name for himself as one of the NLL’s top young defenders in just two NLL seasons. After being drafted by the Stealth 13th overall in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft, the Coquitlam, B.C. native earned All-Rookie honors, tallying ten points (2g, 8a) and 90 loose balls in 15 games during the 2010 regular season. He played an important role in the Stealth’s championship run that same season, appearing in all three playoff games and grabbing 15 loose balls. In 2011, Beers recorded a goal and five assists in 15 regular season games to go along with 53 loose balls.
“Matt battled injury last season, but we expect him to be 100% going into camp this year,” said Hall. “He’s given us everything you would expect from a top draft pick and more. He’s a strong, athletic presence on our back end and has displayed incredible leadership abilities already. He’s a big part of our strong defensive unit.”
Also signing on for the 2012 season is transition player Chet Koneczny. Koneczny is another young burgeoning star on the Stealth roster entering his third NLL season. The 5’11”, 180 pounder played his rookie season with the Orlando Titans, appearing in all 16 regular season games. He finished the season with 14 points (2g, 12a) and 78 loose balls. He appeared in just four games last season, but his speed and knack for finding loose balls is a valuable commodity that Hall expects will find Koneczny more time in the lineup in 2012.
“Chet continues to work hard and develop his game,” said Hall. “He’s a young guy with great loose ball and transition skills. He adds a great deal of depth to our transition game and face-off team.”
The Stealth, which has won two straight NLL Western Division titles, will open training camp for the 2012 season later this fall. The 2012 season starts in January. Season tickets for the 2012 season start at just $99 and are on sale now. For more information, visit www.stealthlax.com or call 877-MY-75-TIX.