Recent NLL Coaching Changes and Player Transactions

The Stealth continues to reload their roster in preparation for the defense of its 2010 NLL Championship. Training camp is expected to begin later this fall with the 2011 regular season slated for January.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm added some homegrown talent to their roster in last week's NLL Entry Draft. The Swarm used the 27th overall selection in the third round to select forward Ryan Hurley of Cornell University. The native of Eagan, Minn. and graduate from the Academy of Holy Angels H.S. became a household name during his time at Cornell with his ability to put the ball in the net.

Hurley finished his collegiate career as the second leading scorer in Cornell history with 140 goals and also became just the second player in school history to record 40 or more goals in three straight seasons. Not only did Hurley find success individually, but he also helped Cornell reach the national semifinals three times, which included a trip to the national championship in 2009 against Syracuse.

Hurley will start a new chapter in his lacrosse career with the Swarm in 2011 and joins defenseman Colin Achenbach (Apple Valley, Minn.) as the only other player from Minnesota on the roster.

"Obviously being a hometown guy, it's a dream come true to play pro lacrosse in your own backyard," Hurley said. "Especially with the way the sport has grown here in Minnesota."

Hurley started playing lacrosse in the seventh grade after his father suggested that he play another sport besides hockey.

"I knew a few buddies that played lacrosse so I decided to give it a shot," Hurley said. "Luckily I picked lacrosse and I fell in love with it right away. I couldn't put the stick down."

After earning high school All-American honors at Holy Angels, Hurley packed up his bags and became one of the few players in Minnesota history to play Division I lacrosse on the East Coast.

"Some of the best times I've had were under Coach Tambroni at Cornell University," Hurley said. "Three Final Four appearances in four years is something I feel fortunate to be a part of."

Hurley watched last week's draft with his family at home and anxiously waited to hear his name. When the Swarm selected him in the third round, Hurley couldn't have been happier.

"You spend a lot of time in high school and in college playing," Hurley said. "When they finally call your name and your going to be a professional athlete ... it's pretty special. I gave my mom a big hug and it was an experience I'll never forget."

Swarm General Manager Marty O'Neill said that Hurley possesses a lot of attributes that you look for in a draft prospect.

"He's got size that will lend itself useful as an indoor player," O'Neill said. "He might have to change his game to adjust to the physical nature of the indoor game, but he has a hockey background so he is up for the challenge."

At 6'3", 205 pounds, Hurley also believes that he has the size and skill set to make an impact in the indoor game.

"I grew up playing hockey and you get used to the confines of playing a physical game in a smaller area," Hurley said. "Even when I was playing outdoor lacrosse, my game was always inside, in the middle of the crease and in traffic. It's hard to score goals when people are all over you."

Hurley plans to train with Achenbach and Sean Pollock in the Twin Cities before training camp starts and hopes to pick up some tips in the process.

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2010-09-19



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