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Georgia Swarm August Update

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Swarm Poulin PhotoCredit Calvin So

Swarm sign free agent goalie Mike Poulin (Seen in action with Calgary last season) to a three-year deal. Image courtesy Calvin So.

The Georgia Swarm announced two new additions, including a Marietta native, and the re-signing of two other players to the club earlier this month. The moves are part of preparation for the Swarm’s second National Lacrosse League season as representatives of Atlanta.

 

The new Swarm members are Marietta, Georgia native Scott Ratliff and Mike Poulin while Michael Seidel and Sean Young each signed one-year contracts and will be returning for another season with Georgia. Ratliff signed a two-year agreement while Poulin accepted a three-year deal.

The signing of Poulin, one of the league’s top goalies, addresses an area that needed to be improved to build on the success of last season. The 10-year veteran helped the Calgary Roughnecks advance to the West Division Finals for the fourth straight season on the way to posting an 11.46 goals against average, good for fourth in the NLL.

Poulin has had some outstanding seasons during his career which include being selected as the 2012 NLL Goaltender of the Year, and a 2014 season that saw the 6-foot-2, 205-pound goalie post a 12-5 regular season mark with an 11.45 GAA.

Ratliff may be known to Swarm fans as a result of his time in the MLL where he currently plays long-stick midfielder for the Atlanta Blaze. The 25-year old joined Atlanta after three seasons with the Boston Cannons where he was teammates with Georgia defenseman Mitch Belisle. While never playing the indoor game, Ratliff says that it hasalways been something that has interested me and with the team obviously being here at home where I live, there’s no better opportunity to try and learn it, challenge myself, and grow as a player.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Ratliff was chosen as an MLL All-Star in July after totaling 20 points (13+7), 66 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers the first half of the season.

Seidel played one game last season after being selected in the Third Round (29th overall) of the 2015 Entry Draft, while Young didn’t see any game action.

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Mike Delrio

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