December 17, 2012 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Hamilton Nationals
The Hamilton Nationals have claimed attackman Greg Rogowski, goalie Brent Herbst, and defensemen Matt Vinc and Tim DeBlois from the Major League Lacrosse Player Pool.
Rogowski enters his second season in the MLL after making his professional outdoor debut last season with the Rochester Rattlers. The 25-year-old was a four-time All-American and the all-time leading scorer in Merrimack men's lacrosse history, he became the first graduate of the program to sign a professional contract as he inked a deal with the Boston Blazers for 2011. Rogowski, the only four-time All-American ever at Merrimack in any sport, was a four-time first-team Northeast-10 honoree and was a two-time NE-10 Player of the Year.
The Nationals also claimed a goalie, as Herbst returns to the Nationals after seeing action in two games with Hamilton in 2012. The 24-year-old made his Nationals debut on June 9th. He started the season with the Long Island Lizards, who drafted him out of Siena College in 2010. In 2011, he played in two games with Long Island and registered a 10.47 goals-against average and a .667 save percentage. In college, he was a two-time All-American at Siena, earning honorable mention status in 2009 and 2010, and was a four-time all-conference selection.
Another former National was brought back to the team, as Matt Vinc was added to the roster. The 30-year-old Hamilton native enters his fourth season in the MLL and third with the Nationals. Vinc has played in seven pro games, kicking off his career in 2006 with the Rochester Rattlers. He also played in six games over two seasons with the Nats from 2010-11. During his college career, he was a four-year starter at Canisius. He also served as the team captain in 2004 and 2005, while winning Second Team All-MAAC honors both seasons. He was also a three-time All-Academic selection as well. On the international level, he won gold in 2006 and silver in 2010 with Canada as a long-pole defenseman in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships.
Hamilton picked up another defenseman in Tim DeBlois, who played in Rochester in 2011. DeBlois appeared in six games that season with the Rattlers. The 31-year-old played his college lacrosse at Cornell, and was a 2004 Third Team All-American and an Academic All-American selection. He was also named a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League First Team. A four-year starter at defense for the Big Red, he led all team defensemen in ground balls (41) and posted three assists as a senior. He was selected as a member of Cornell's All-Decade Team, as he helped lead the Big Red to a record of 36-19 (18-6 in the Ivy League) and a share of the Ivy League Championship his final two seasons.