CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte Hounds have signed faceoff specialist Jake Withers, midfielder Adam Osika and defender Scott Hooper, three returning players from the 2018 season.
Withers, was a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State last season in both Major League Lacrosse and The National Lacrosse League. The Hounds acquired Withers midway through the 2018 season via trade with the Atlanta Blaze. The Hounds acquired Withers midway through the 2018 season via a trade with the Atlanta Blaze. In just one appearance for the Hounds, Withers won 6-of-17 faceoffs against his former team in Week 11.
Osika was initially drafted 21st overall by the Atlanta Blaze in the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft, but later selected 3rd overall by the Hounds in the 2018 MLL Supplemental Draft. In 2018, Osika appeared in nine games, tallying six goals and one assist for a career-high seven points. With Osika on the field, the Hounds won six-of-nine games and opened the season 4-0, the best start in franchise history.
Hooper, Charlotte’s 28th overall selection in the 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft, appeared in five games for the Hounds in the 2018. He scooped up eight ground balls and tallied three caused turnovers.