(DULUTH, Ga.) – The Georgia Swarm today announced it has signed a pair of goaltenders. Warren Hill is returning on a one-year deal and the team inked free agent Kevin Orleman to a two-year deal. The defensive signings continue Georgia’s offseason work of creating defensive depth, which will lead to a competitive training camp later this year.
“We are very excited to have these two young goalies sign with the Swarm for the 2018 season,” Swarm Owner and General Manager John Arlotta said. “They were both highly regarded second round picks in last year’s draft. It’s certainly gratifying to see their desire to play for the Swarm, and the competition for roster spots will certainly make the goalies and the team better.”
Hill was selected No. 20 overall (2nd round) in the 2016 NLL Draft, and the Syracuse alum spent the 2017 season on the Swarm’s practice squad. Viewed as a potential impact player by lacrosse experts, Hill has proven himself in field and box lacrosse. The Six Nations, ON native played in 16 games for Syracuse University and finished with a career 10.25 GAA.
In box lacrosse, Hill has plenty of experience with the Six Nations teams across the Jr. and Sr. leagues. In over 4,074 min. of play during with the organization, Hill has an impressive career 6.94 GAA. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound netminder helped the Chiefs win a Mann Cup in the summer of 2016.
Orleman was picked No. 18 overall (2nd round) in the 2016 NLL Draft by the Buffalo Bandits and spent last season on the practice squad. The Kitchener, ON native is a veteran of the Jr. A Kitchener-Waterloo Braves, having played four seasons with the team. In 2016, he posted his lowest GAA, finishing the season with a 7.50 GAA over 895:46 min. of play.
The 21-year-old also played in the BCLA Jr. A, most recently for the Delta Islanders for three regular season games in 2016. Orleman tallied 139:29 min. between the pipes, posting an 8.17 GAA and a .774 SV%. In the postseason, he saw 527:30 min. of action in nine games. He finished with a 6-2 record, 7.85 GAA, and a .846 SV% to help lead the Islanders to a Minto Cup berth.
Hill and Orleman both played in the Arena Lacrosse League in 2017, Hill for the Six Nations Snipers and Orleman for the Paris RiverWolves. Hill ended the season with an 11.95 GAA and a .760 SV% over 401:49 min., and Orleman finished the regular season with a 12.74 GAA and a .773 SV% over 296:47 min.
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