The Washington Stealth
recently announced the signings of two key offseason acquisitions in Jason
Bloom and Jamison Koesterer. The
pair was picked up in trades this offseason with hopes of bolstering the
Stealth transition game.
The Stealth picked up Bloom in a trade with the Boston Blazers. He enjoyed a career season with Boston in 2009, playing all 16 games and amassing career-highs in goals (13), assists (10), points (23) and loose balls (60). Prior to his stint in Boston, the 6-foot, 205-pound transition player spent two seasons playing with the Colorado Mammoth.
Bloom graduated from Ohio State University in 2005, where he was a two-time team captain and helped lead the Buckeyes to a conference title and the school’s first NCAA Division I tournament berth. Bloom currently resides in Mercer Island, Wash., and is an assistant coach for Washington State DII Champion, The Overlake School.
Koesterer was a first round selection in the Portland dispersal draft by the Buffalo Bandits, who then traded him to the Stealth this offseason. In Koesterer’s rookie season with Portland, he appeared in eight games and recorded two assists and 38 loose balls. He emerged as the team’s top face-off man late in the season, winning over 55% of his draws.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Koesterer graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2007, where he won two NCAA Division I National Championships with Stealth teammate Paul Rabil. Koesterer is deeply entrenched in the Washington lacrosse scene as the Director of Operations for Walax. He currently lives in Seattle, Wash.
Bloom and Koesterer will be two of 34 players attending the Stealth training camp, which begins on December 5. The roster will be cut down to 26, including three practice players, before the team’s first game on January 9, 2010 at the Comcast Arena at Everett. Ticket packages for the 2010 season are available now by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.