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2018-19 Preview: Unleash The Defense

The Black Wolves 2018-19 season preview continues with a look at the defense. Below you find the stats of our defensive players and a quote about what they bring to the Black Wolves from New England General Manager Rich Lisk.

Adam Bomberry
Had a career-high 65 loose balls and 18 caused turnovers in 17 games for New England last season.
“Adam brings an extremely high lacrosse IQ and a tenacity that we love. He had a break-out season with us last year and we are looking forward to what his future holds.”

 

David Brock
Had 13 points, 68 loose balls and 10 caused turnovers in 12 games for the Black Wolves in 2017-18.
“He is an awesome veteran, always prepared. He fills a couple different roles for us as a shut-down defenseman who can also run the floor and play offense for us.”

 

Joel Coyle
Had career-highs with 90 loose ball pickups and 17 caused turnovers in his second NLL season.
“Joel is the little engine that could. He has an amazing lacrosse IQ and tenacity. The kid just doesn’t stop. He just goes and goes and goes. He is blossoming into one of the leaders on the team and it will be a big year for Joel.”

 

Greg Downing
Has 724 loose balls and 157 caused turnovers in 154 career NLL games over 100 seasons.
“He is a top-five defenseman in the league. We are extremely happy to get Greg here and I think the fans will be very excited in what they see in not only a defensive side, but from a transition stand point.”

 

Ryan Fournier
Has seen action in six NLL games over two seasons with 18 loose balls five points.
“We brought him in to compete for a starting job when it came to face-offs and defense and he did just that. He is tremendous on face-offs. We love his motor and he is relentless.”

 

John LaFontaine
Had a career-high 61 loose ball pickups to go along with 10 points last season.
“He’s the prototypical defender. If you had to build a defender from scratch you would create John LaFontaine. He thinks and sees the game at a level other people don’t. His leadership is tremendous. His constant hustle and team-first attitude is why he will be here for a long time.”

 

Brett Manney
Had 46 loose balls, 10 caused turnovers and 11 points during the 2017-18 season.
“What more can I say about the guy that I haven’t already? He’s a 13-year veteran and one of our captains. He has blossomed into one of the best defenseman in this league. What he does as a leader is immeasurable.”

 

Jackson Nishimura
Selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2018 NLL Entry Draft
“He is the surprise in camp because he flat-out went out and won a starting job on this team. He did absolutely everything right.”

 

Andrew Suitor
Has 615 loose ball pickups and 121 caused turnovers in 102 career games over eight NLL seasons.
“I thought we need another veteran on the back end and he really provides that. I think when he here last time, the fans really didn’t have the chance to appreciate what he could do. We’re so excited to bring him back here.”

 

Colton Watkinson
Selected to the 2018 NLL All-Rookie Team after picking up 69 loose balls and causing 16 turnovers.
“Colton had a breakout rookie season as he made the All-Rookie team. The ceiling on this kid is high as I predict this kid will be talked about for transition player of the year. He’s smart, he has great speed and makes very little mistakes. I also like that he plays with a chip on his shoulder.”