By Jillian Fay | 7/10/12 4:40 PM
The Charlotte Hounds Tuesday announced a trade that sends midfielder Cameron Lao-Gosney, attackman Bryan Neufeld and their 3rd round pick in the 2013 Collegiate Draft to the Hamilton Nationals in exchange for faceoff specialist Geoff Snider.
Snider is in his seventh MLL season, having spent three years with the Denver Outlaws before joining the Nationals franchise in 2009 -- the year in which they won the MLL Championship. He has gone 807-1584 (.509%) at the faceoff X in his career, along with adding 39 goals and 22 assists. Snider played eight games for the Nationals in 2011, and went 107-196 (.545%) with five goals and two assists.
The Hounds have been inconsistent at the X all season, having had seven different players attempt faceoffs and posting a 92-270 record to date with zero goals. Their .341 win percentage is currently a league-worst.
Hounds head coach Mike Cerino called Snider one of the most dynamic face off talents in the world of lacrosse. "Geoff is a complete midfielder who will bring experience and toughness to the Hounds now and in the future," Cerino said. "We are looking forward to him joining our roster after the Under 19 world lacrosse games in Finland."
Lao-Gosney, a 2012 Lehigh product, was originally picked up by the Hounds on June 12 from the MLL Player Pool. He played in three games for the franchise. "Cameron is a fast, athletic midfielder who helped us right away," Cerino said. "We will miss him on the field and around the locker room." Neufeld, a 2012 Siena graduate, had not yet played for the Hounds and was still on the Collegiate Inactive List.
The Hounds (3-6) kick off a four-game road trip with a rematch against the Denver Outlaws (6-3) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on July 14. The teams first met Week 1 of the season, and the Outlaws prevailed 21-12.
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