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Training Camp #2: New Faces Make First Impressions with Washington Fans

12/22/2009, 3:04pm PST
By Washington Stealth

The second weekend of the 2010 Washington Stealth training camp is now in the books and it’s decision time for Head Coach Chris Hall and his staff.  There were a few new faces and a few Stealth veterans attending their first sessions of the year, making the coaches’ decision on who will make the final 23-man roster a difficult task.

Lewis Ratcliff and Joel Dalgarno were in camp for the first time as members of the Stealth and impressed coaches and teammates alike.  The pair, who was acquired last week in the Colin Doyle trade with Toronto, showed flashes of brilliance on the offensive end of the floor.  The fans in attendance for the open practices learned first hand that even without Doyle, the Stealth offense will continue to be lethal on the left side.

Jeff Zywicki, Matt Roik and Brett Manney also made their first appearances in Washington after missing out on the first training camp weekend.  Zywicki appeared to be in great shape for his first camp, and showed his incredible knack for finding the back of the net was not lost in the offseason.  Roik was impressive between the pipes, continuing his strong play from the Western Lacrosse Association where he and Stealth teammate Tyler Richards lead the New Westminster Salmonbellies to the Mann Cup Finals.  Manney looked strong as well as he builds on his rookie campaign where he developed into one of the top young defensive prospects in the National Lacrosse League.

Those five players were added to the mix of 34 players vying for a spot on the 23-man roster that will be announced on December 23.  Stay tuned to stealthlax.com to find out who makes the cut and will be donning the Red and Black starting January 9.

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