September 13, 2013

USA Hopeful Westervelt Moved in Friday Flurry

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One of the top American players in the National Lacrosse League was among the shuffle in a pair of Friday trades, as Philadelphia, Chicago and Minnesota moved a total of three players and six draft picks.

The Wings were involved in both swaps, sending Drew Westervelt and a fourth round selection in Monday's draft to the Mammoth and first-round selections in the 2015 and 2017 drafts to the Swarm. In exchange, they received Swarm goaltender Evan Kirk and transition player Ryan Hotaling, two second-round selections in Monday's draft and a first-round pick in 2015 from the Mammoth.

Westervelt, who recently made the 52-man training roster for Team USA, has scored 30 or more goals in four of the past five seasons for Philadelphia, racking up 164 goals and 138 assists in his six-year career.

"Drew's a big, dominant, and strong offensive force in the NLL," said Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett. "He has adapted extremely well to the indoor game, and will have a major impact on our offense."

Hotaling is a fourth-year professional from Syracuse, N.Y. and scooped 23 loose balls to go with one goal for the Mammoth this past season.

Kirk had a 7-7 career record with the Swarm and a 12.08 goals-against average and stopped 77% of the shots he saw. He was the No. 6 selection in the 2011 draft after his career at Hobart College and made the All-Rookie team that season.

"We really appreciate what Evan brought to the Swarm during his two seasons on the team. He was great both on and off the field and he will be missed," Swarm Owner and Governor John Arlotta said. "We could not have done this without the experience that Tyler Carlson has now accumulated along with the development that Zach Higgins has shown in the offseason. Although this was a difficult decision, we feel we had three goalies who can play in the NLL, and this gives all of them a chance to do so while at the same time continuing to position us to build a team that can sustain excellence over a long period of time."

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