. (Thursday, October 12, 2017) - The Charlotte Hounds have sent Brendan Fowler to New York for
(M, Marquette) and a 2018 2nd Round Collegiate Pick. The trade was announced today at 12:00p ET. The addition of Jake Richard, a shortstick defensive midfielder, adds toughness and depth in a key area the team chose to address this offseason. The Hounds now have two 2nd Round picks (#12 and #14) in the upcoming MLL Draft.
At Marquette, Richard was a two-time team captain and helped lead the Golden Eagles' unprecedented rise to national prominence in just four short seasons, culminating in their first Big East Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance in 2016. He is one of just four All-America selections and three MLL draft picks in program history, and was the only short-stick defensive midfielder named All-Big East in 2016 with second team recognition. The West Chester, Pennsylvania native was second among all Golden Eagles with 63 ground balls in 2016 and ended his career second all-time at MU with 193. He was selected in the 4th Round of the 2016 MLL Draft by New York and proved himself to be a valuable member of the team's midfield as a rookie, securing nine ground balls and collecting four points (two goals and two assists) in his first seven contests with the squad.
Over the past few seasons, Charlotte has had the luxury of having two of the most dominant faceoff specialists in recent NCAA play on the roster. Fowler was originally selected by Charlotte with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft.
, Charlotte's 26th overall selection in the 2015 Draft, will now be called upon to take the lead at the faceoff X for the Hounds.