The Washington Stealth announced today the signings of the four players that were recently acquired during the 2010 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
Stealth third round selection David Joyce is set to join the squad at training camp. Joyce is a left-handed defenseman that just wrapped up the summer season as a member of the Minto Cup Champion Coquitlam Adanacs. The 6’6”, 225-pounder emerged as one of the top defenders in the British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse League last season, playing in 21 regular season games and recording 16 points (3g, 13a). He also appeared in all playoff and Minto Cup games for the Adanacs.
“Any time you can get a guy with that kind of size and athleticism, you have to be pleased,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. “He knows how to win after coming off the Minto Cup, now we are looking forward to see him play against the best of the best.”
The Stealth will also have University of Virginia All-American Brian Carroll in camp this fall. The 6’1”, 210-pound midfielder was a three-time All-ACC performer and finished with 40 points his senior season as Virginia made a run to the NCAA Final Four. He was the fourth round pick (41st overall) of the Stealth in the NLL Draft.
“Brian will have some homework to do to help him transition to the indoor game,” said Hall about the NCAA field lacrosse star. “But he’s a real talent and a tremendous athlete. It will be exciting to watch him develop.”
The Stealth will have some stiff competition at the goaltender position this offseason. Joining the squad are Coquitlam Junior ‘A’ Adanacs teammates Chris Seidel and Dan Lewis. The goaltender tandem led Coquitlam to the Minto Cup Championship and will fight for the third goaltender spot behind current Stealth goaltenders Tyler Richards and Matt Roik. Seidel logged 539 minutes in goal during the regular season and finished with a 5.90 goals against average and .823 save percentage, while Lewis was stellar in the Adanacs’ Minto Cup run, earning NLL Insider’s Minto Cup MVP honors after posting a 8.24 goals against average and .806 save percentage.
“I’m very content with what we did through the draft,” said Hall. “Adding two goaltenders the caliber of Seidel and Lewis will create some real competition in camp. Both of these guys have the skills to play at the next level.”
Training camp will take place later this fall as the Stealth prepare to defend their 2010 NLL title. The 2011 season begins on January 8, when the Stealth travel to Denver, Colo., to face the Colorado Mammoth. The home opener will take place the next night against the Calgary Roughnecks at the Comcast Arena. 2011 season tickets are available now by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stelathlax.com.