The Washington Stealth have
narrowed their roster to 23 players for the 2010 season. Fourteen players return to the Stealth
from last season with nine new faces in the mix that were acquired this
offseason through trades, drafts and free agent signings.
2009 Rookie of the Year Rhys Duch, two-time All-Star Jeff Zywicki and nine-year
National Lacrosse League vet Cam Sedgwick highlight the returners on
offense. Duch finished with 89
points last season, while Zywicki added 78 points and Sedgwick had a career
year with 63 points. They are
joined by Lewis Ratcliff and rookie Joel Dalgarno, who were acquired in a trade
less than two weeks ago. Kory
Kowalyk joins Dalgarno as the only rookies on the offensive end.
The Stealth transition game will have a new look, with only 2009 NLL All-Rookie
team member Paul Rabil and fellow sophomore Kyle Hartzell the only returning
players. They are joined by
offseason acquisitions Jason Bloom and Jamison Koesterer, and the 24th
selection in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft, Ben Hunt.
On the defensive end, the Stealth added size and athleticism in the 13th
selection of the 2009 Entry Draft, Matt Beers and offseason signing Wade
DeWolff. The pair joins a veteran
defensive corps featuring former All-Star Eric Martin, Kyle Sorensen, Curtis
Hodgson and Mike Grimes. The
defense also returns Brett Manney and Travis Gillespie, who returns after
missing the majority of the 2009 season due to injury.
Between the pipes will be the familiar faces of Tyler Richards and Matt
Roik. The tandem led the Stealth
to the West Division Finals a year ago and this summer, reached the Mann Cup
Finals as teammates with British Columbia’s New Westminster Salmonbellies.
I’m very happy with our final 23,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. “This is a tough league with eleven
very competitive teams, but I like our lineup. We are bigger, stronger and faster than last year and our
offense is deeper. I’m looking
forward to getting these guys back in camp and refining our systems so we are
ready for January 9.”
The complete 2010 Washington Stealth roster can be found at www.stealthlax.com
The Stealth will hold one more training camp on January 2 and 3 before they
open the 2010 season at the Comcast Arena on January 9. Ticket packages for the 2010 season are
on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.