Washington Stealth prospect and O’Dea High School All-American Drew Snider helped guide Maryland to NCAA Men's Div. I title game appearances in each of the last two years. (Photo credit: University of Maryland)
EVERETT, WA – Two Puget Sound-area high school lacrosse standouts will join six Washington Stealth draft picks at the team’s first tryout camp of the season on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Arlington, WA and Sunday, Nov. 18 in Everett.
Among the 43 camp invitees looking to earn a spot on the 2013 Stealth roster are O’Dea High School All-American defenseman Drew Snider (Seattle, WA) and Emerald Ridge High School All-State defenseman JT Tungsvik (Puyallup, WA).
Snider, considered to be one of the greatest all-time field lacrosse players to come out of a western state, helped guide the University of Maryland to the NCAA Men’s Division I championship game in each of the last two years.
Tungsvik, who is currently attending Washington State University, led Puyallup to an appearance in the 2007 Washington lacrosse high school state championship game.
Another local invitee, right-handed forward Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA), lives in the Everett community and is employed by the Boeing Everett plant.
“The Stealth organization is excited to have some of Washington state’s top lacrosse players in camp,” said Stealth general manager Doug Locker. “It’s a testament to the growth of the lacrosse in Washington that we have guys of the caliber of Drew and JT competing for a spot on their local professional team.”
Six of the seven Stealth draft picks in 2012 will be in attendance, including second-round picks Tyler Garrison (Coquitlam, BC), Bill Hostrawser (Belwood, Ont.) and Justin Pychel (Welland, Ont.), third-round selection Tim Henderson (Tully, NY), and fourth-round pick TJ Cowx (Delta, BC). All are defense and transition players. Sixth-round pick Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ont.), a right-handed forward, will also be in camp.
“This draft class is an outstanding group and we have been counting the days to see them on the floor together,” Locker said. “It’s rare to come out of a draft with all the guys we wanted going in. Every one of them has a good chance of making the final roster.”
Five invitees have professional experience, including goaltender Nick Patterson (Victoria, BC), who saw NLL action for Minnesota from 2005-2011 and right-handed forward Shaun Dhaliwal (Richmond, BC), who played one NLL game for Colorado in 2010.
Five of the invitees have NCAA Division I experience: left-handed defense/transition Mitch McMichael (Cornell), Tom Palasek (Syracuse and Johns Hopkins University), Yealy (Michigan) and Snider (Maryland). Right-handed defender Erik Krum (Manhattan Beach, CA) won three NCAA Division III championships at Salisbury University. Tim Henderson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and is the only active duty U.S. military personnel vying for a spot on an NLL roster.
“Having a veteran goalie like Nick Patterson in camp is a testament to the strength of the league right now,” Locker added. “Patterson is a proven winner at the professional level, while players like Snider, Palasek and Henderson have tremendous experience at a high level."
The Saturday, Nov. 17 sessions take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Soccer First Indoor Sports (19805 74th Ave. NE in Arlington, WA), while the Sunday, Nov. 18 session takes place from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Comcast Arena (2000 Hewitt Ave. in Everett). All sessions are open to the public free-of-charge.
This weekend’s camp is the first of five preseason training camps that will help select the 2013 roster for the Stealth.
Other camp dates are Dec. 1 in Arlington, WA (Soccer First Indoor Sports), Dec. 2 in Everett, WA (Comcast Arena), Dec. 8-9 in Langley, BC (Langley Events Centre), Dec. 15-16 in Everett, WA (Comcast Arena). The final training camp weekend runs from Dec. 29-30 at Comcast Arena. Final cuts to determine the active 23-man roster and three practice squad spots take place on Dec. 20.
The Stealth begin their fourth season of play in Washington state with its 2013 home opener against the defending NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Everett’s Comcast Arena. Ticket packages for all eight Stealth home games start at just $99 and are on sale now. To learn more, call 877-MY-75-TIX or visit www.StealthLAX.com.