NLL Draft Set for Oct. 1; Recent Transactions, Signings

Ryan Johnson is the fourth free agent forward signed by the Stealth. The Chilliwack, B.C. native was selected 15th overall in the 2012 Western Lacrosse Association draft by the Coquitlam Adanacs, where he plays his summer lacrosse. In his rookie season, Johnson tallied 39 points (17g, 22a) in 17 regular season games. He also played his Junior lacrosse in Coquitlam, notching 140 points (65g, 75a) in three seasons.

On the defensive side of the floor, the Stealth signed 6-foot-6, 220-pound enforcer David Joyce. Joyce was originally selected by the Stealth in the third round (31st overall) of the 2010 NLL Entry Draft. He plays summer lacrosse for the Maple Ridge Burrards, where he was the fourth overall selection in the 2012 WLA draft. The 22-year old appeared in 17 games during his rookie campaign in Maple Ridge, recording nine points (4g, 5a). He was a teammate of current Stealth defenseman Matt Beers on the 2010 Coquitlam Junior 'A' squad that won the Minto Cup (Canada's National Junior 'A' Championship).

The Stealth's other defensive signing is also out of Maple Ridge. Patrick O'Meara is a left-handed defenseman selected 33rd overall in the WLA Draft by Langley. In 14 games with Langley and Maple Ridge, he tallied 11 points (6g, 5a). He combined with Joyce to create one of the toughest young defensive tandems in the WLA in 2012. O'Meara played his Junior 'A' lacrosse in Coquitlam and notched 12 points (5g, 7a) in 14 games in 2011.

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BUFFALO, NY (August 2, 2012) -- Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team has tagged forward Tracey Kelusky and goaltender Anthony Cosmo as Buffalo's franchise players for the 2013 NLL season. By declaring an Unrestricted Free Agent as a Franchise Player, a club ensures they will retain the player's services for the upcoming season. Teams can declare up to two franchise players each year.

Kelusky played his second season as a Bandit in 2011-12 and tallied 28 points (12+16). In his career, the 37-year-old Peterborough, Ontario native has 766 points (357+409) in 171 games. He was acquired from Calgary in exchange for a first-round selection in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.

Cosmo, playing his first season as a Bandit in 2011-12, was named NLL Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14 after recording his first win as a Bandit and tying a season-high 46 saves on 53 shots (.868 SV%). The 35-year-old Mississauga, Ontario native was acquired from Minnesota in exchange for a first-round selection in the 2013 and 2014 NLL Entry Draft.

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Everett, Wash. The Washington Stealth has announced that two players from its 2012 roster, Kevin Croswell and Mike Mallory, have re-signed for the 2013 season. Croswell, a veteran goaltender in the National Lacrosse League, and Mallory, a second-year forward, will each be entering their second seasons as a member of the Stealth organization.

Croswell joined the Stealth midway through the 2012 season, appearing in three games and posting a 9.60 goals against average and a .789 save percentage. He was named the NLL's defensive player of the week after making 41 saves in a 14-9 win over the Toronto Rock in his first game with the Stealth.

2013 will mark the sixth season of Croswell's NLL career, including stints with the Minnesota Swarm and Edmonton Rush. He has a career 11.58 goals against average and .775 save percentage in 1,072 minutes of action.

"Kevin came in and did a spectacular job for us last season," said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. "He has all the skills necessary to be a top goaltender in this league and we are looking forward to having him with us again this season."

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