CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Hounds shook up their 25-man roster this week, trading for Atlanta Blaze faceoff specialist Jake Withers.
The Blaze received the Hounds' 2019 second-round pick in the exchange.
"He gives us depth and consistency at the X," head coach Jim Stagnitta said. "He has proven he can compete with the best in the league and has the unique skill set to create offense from the X. I love his toughness and competitiveness."
Withers, was a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State last season in both Major League Lacrosse and The National Lacrosse League.
He played in eight games as a rookie for the Blaze and won 101-of-202 faceoffs at a 50 percent clip. He also scored three goals and added an assist totaling four points.
Withers has yet to see action in 2018 in MLL, but he has won 279-of-417 faceoffs for the Rochester Knighthawks in the NLL, the most in the league. He has also tallied seven goals and five assists in 18 games. At Ohio State, he ended his career as program’s all-time leader in faceoff victories with 614.
Withers will not be available to play for the Hounds until the Rochester Knighthawks' season concludes. Withers and the Knighthawks play the Saskatchewan Rush in the Champions Cup, Saturday, June 2.