The Washington Stealth announced today a trade with the Buffalo Bandits including former Johns Hopkins University standout and Seattle resident Jamison Koesterer. Koesterer was the first round selection of the Bandits in last month’s Portland dispersal draft.
Koesterer is entering his second season in the National Lacrosse League, after playing eight games in his rookie campaign for the now defunct Portland Lumberjax. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound transition player appeared in eight games last season and finished with two assists, 39 loose balls and won over 55% of face-offs.
The Stealth acquired Koesterer and Buffalo’s 5th round pick in the upcoming NLL Entry Draft for a 2nd round pick in the draft, which takes place in September. Koesterer graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2007, where he won a pair of NCAA Division I National Championships with Stealth star Paul Rabil.
“It’s great to add another top NCAA talent to our roster,” said Stealth General Manager Johnny Mouradian. “After playing against him last year, we were really impressed with his size, strength and athleticism. His face-off capability adds a tremendous amount to our team and continues to build on what we are doing to develop a championship-caliber team.”
Koesterer moved to Seattle one year ago and is already fully immersed in the Washington lacrosse community. He is currently the Director of Operations for Walax, a primary source for lacrosse in the Northwest. Koesterer also runs a number of camps and clinics throughout the greater Seattle area and is an integral part of numerous summer and fall leagues.
“This is what I wanted to happen deep down inside,” said Koesterer following the trade. “I’m excited to play for the Stealth and with the guys in their locker room. Having been involved with lacrosse in this area, I’m also excited about the potential of lacrosse here. With the push of a professional lacrosse franchise, it’s going to continue to spread like wild fire.”
The Stealth begin play at the Comcast Arena at Everett in January 2010. Season tickets are available by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.