NATIONALS ADD ERWIN AND ROSS
1/24/13 9:59 PM
The Hamilton Nationals added midfielders Benson Erwin and Kevin Ross (pictured) today from the Major League Lacrosse Player Pool.
Erwin, 30, enters his seventh season in Major League Lacrosse. The defensive midfielder last played in 2010 for the Chesapeake Bayhawks. In his career, he has played in 55 games and recorded seven goals, one two-pointer, and 17 assists for 25 points. He also collected 94 ground balls in a career that has taken him to Baltimore, Denver, Washington and Chesapeake. In his rookie season, he was a member of the 2005 World Champion Baltimore Bayhawks.
Erwin was originally drafted fourth overall by Baltimore in the 2005 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. The native of Baltimore played his college lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University, where he helped lead the Blue Jays to the 2005 NCAA Division I National Championship. He will represent Team USA at the Champion Challenge from January 26-27 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The United States will play the defending Division I National Champion Loyola Greyhounds.
Ross, 27, returns to the Nationals where he played in two games in 2010. He notched one goal and two assists with the Nats. The Toronto native played for Team Canada in the “Duel in Denver” in September. In college, Ross graduated from Canisius College and ranked fourth in school history with 185 points, second with 126 goals and eighth with 59 assists. The three-time First Team All-MAAC selection was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2006.
Ross has also excelled in the National Lacrosse League. The former first-round draft pick currently plays for the Philadelphia Wings. In his five-year NLL career, he has tallied 185 points (78+107), and collected 206 loose balls in 65 games.
The Nationals will kick off their 2013 schedule on the road against the Boston Cannons on Saturday, May 4th. The home opener is set for Saturday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. against the New York Lizards.