May 10, 2011

Bayhawks, Outlaws Swing Big Deal on Eve of MLL Season

from staff reports

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Chesapeake Bayhawks traded midfielder Peet Poillon to the Denver Outlaws for midfielder/attackman Dan Hardy in a deal announced Tuesday, four days before the Major League Lacrosse season opener.

"Peet Poillon is an amazing talent and will be in the MLL for many years," Bayhawks general manager Spencer Ford said. "He shoots the ball as well as any player in the game, and he is a very good feeder as well. We will miss him and wish him luck in Denver. Denver has gained a very good player and a better person."

Hardy played 10 games in 2010 for Denver, scoring 15 goals. He ranked second on the team with 14 assists, finishing with 30 points. In his first year in the MLL (2009), Hardy was named Cascade Rookie of the Year.

"Dan Hardy is in our opinion, one of the top 3 midfielders in this league," Ford said. "He fits the mold of our team with his unselfish play, and he can do many things on the field. He dodges very well, shoots very hard, and has unbelievable vision which makes him almost impossible to stop. We are very excited to see him in a Bayhawks jersey this weekend for our home opener."

Poillon tied for third in the league with 24 goals, including two 2-pointers, and ranked fourth with 15 assists, finishing with 41 total points in 2010. He tied for third in the MLL with four power-play scores and finished second with six power-play assists. A third-year player, Poillon has totaled 31 goals with 15 assists in 14 career games.

"Peet adds some offensive firepower to the team," Outlaws General Manager Brian Reese said. "He was the third-leading point producer in the MLL last season, and he brings championship experience to the team. Peet is an extremely hard worker and will fit in well with the players we have on the team."

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