The National Lacrosse League has a new representative in the Pacific Northwest, and their name is the Washington Stealth. Members of the Washington Stealth were on hand at the Comcast Arena at Everett, the team’s new home, to discuss the team’s relocation and announce their new namesake in a press conference Thursday morning. The team comes to Washington after six seasons in San Jose, Calif.
“We want our name to show that we are not just representatives of one city, but an entire region whose lacrosse population is blossoming,” said Stealth owner Denise Watkins. “The decision to come to Washington and play at the Comcast Arena at Everett was not taken lightly. We know what lacrosse means to this area and we are proud to symbolize it on a national scale.”
The National Lacrosse League is the premier professional league in the sport of lacrosse, and features the world’s best lacrosse players. The 2010 season will begin in January, and will mark the league’s 24th year of pro indoor lacrosse. NLL games draw an average attendance of more than 10,000 fans per game. Total league attendance has exceeded one million fans in each of the past four seasons.
The Stealth have reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, and reached the Division Final in two of those three years. 2008 marked the club’s only West Division Regular Season Title, finishing with a 9-7 record. 2009 was a historic season for the team, with forward Colin Doyle setting franchise records with 111 points and 73 assists in his eleventh NLL All-Pro campaign. Forward Rhys Duch was the Rookie of the Year after setting a new NLL rookie scoring record with 89 points. Paul Rabil made his transition to the indoor game after dominating the collegiate field game at Johns Hopkins University. He earned All-Rookie Team honors with Duch and teammate Tyler Richards in 2009.
“The area is going to be exposed to a fast-paced and physical version of lacrosse,” said Washington Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. “And it’s not as if they will have to wait for an expansion team to develop, we have a team that is primed and ready to win right now. We are excited to bring a professional sports championship to Washington in the very near future.”
The Washington Stealth’s 16-game regular season begins in January and goes through April, with the playoffs taking place throughout May. Fans at the Comcast Arena at Everett should be ready for an exciting season. “We have a saying in the NLL,” said Hall, who has over 30 years of experience as a lacrosse player and coach. “You can buy a ticket for the entire seat, but you’re only going to need the edge.”
For more information on the National Lacrosse League, visit www.nll.com or contact Doug Fritts at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Washington Stealth, visit www.stealthlax.com. Season tickets start at just $75 and are now available. They can be ordered by calling 1-877-MY-75-TIX.