The Washington Stealth announced today the signing of goaltender Matt Roik, pending league approval. Roik is entering his tenth National Lacrosse League season and his third season with the Stealth.
Roik is one half of the Stealth’s Champion’s Cup-winning goaltender tandem, splitting time with Tyler Richards a year ago. Roik played 434 minutes during the regular season, posting a 6-1 record with a 10.50 goals against average and .765 save percentage. His goals against average ranked sixth among NLL netminders in 2010 while his save percentage ranked ninth. He earned Defensive Player of the Week honors in week 14, when he made 34 saves and held a potent Orlando Titans offense to just seven goals.
“Matt is one of the top goaltenders in the NLL and continues to get better year after year,” Stealth General Manager Doug Locker said. “We have been impressed by not only his ability to raise his game with every challenge on the floor, but also his team first attitude off it as well. Matt want’s to win, and is willing to do whatever it takes to contribute to that end. We are looking forward to great things from him this coming season.”
Roik has steadily improved throughout his career, starting for five different teams including the Stealth. He’s played 4,940 minutes and has a 38-45 record with a 12.21 goals against average and a .756 save percentage. He was named the East Division starter in the 2007 All-Star game as a member of the Philadelphia Wings. In each of the past two seasons, he has been named to NLL Insider’s Top 50 players in the NLL, most recently ranked 40th on the list for the 2011 season.
The Dunnville, Ontario native plays his summer lacrosse for the New Westminster Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association. In 2010, he earned second-team WLA All-Star honors after posting a 6-4 record with an 8.35 goals against average and a .806 save percentage. He helped lead the Salonbellies to its third straight Mann Cup final. Roik won the Mann Cup in 2003 with the Victoria Shamrocks.
“I am really looking forward to this season,” said Roik. “Playing in this league for so long, I feel fortunate to be playing for an organization that creates a family style atmosphere. It really makes me comfortable and makes it easy to come to work.
“We are coming back this season with the intentions of repeating and I think our management did the things to put us in that position,” he added. “We have great team chemistry in the locker room and with the additions we made in the offseason, training camp is going to be very competitive.”
Stealth training camp is set to begin in December as the team prepares for its NLL title defense. The 2011 season opens on the road, when the Stealth takes on Colorado on January 8. The home opener will take place the following night, when Calgary comes to the Comcast Arena. Season tickets for the 2011 campaign are available now by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.