Rochester Knighthawks General Manager and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Dan Carey announced today that the team has agreed to terms with transition man Ryland Rees on a two-year contract, pending league approval.
Rees, 25, led all Knighthawks defensive players with a career-high 11 goals and 15 points while being one of four players to appear in all 18 games last season for Rochester. He also finished eighth among all NLL transition players with a team-best 118 loose ball recoveries on his way to earning team Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
Taken with the second overall pick in the 2019 NLL Entry Draft, Rees took his first season in the National Lacrosse League by storm, recording 11 points on four goals and seven assists while being one of just four Knighthawks rookies to appear in all 12 games during Rochester’s truncated inaugural campaign. The Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, native finished the year tied for 10th in scoring among all NLL rookies and second behind only teammate Cory Highfield for the most points among all first-year transition players, earning All-Rookie Team honors for the 2019-20 season.
Named Rochester’s Defensive Player of the Year for the team’s inaugural season, Rees also added a team-high 75 loose ball recoveries, trailing only New England’s Joe Nardella (86) and New York’s Alex Woodall (84) for the most among NLL rookies in that category.
Rees is currently in his third season as a long stick midfielder with the Waterdogs Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League. In nine games this season, he shows six points, including a pair of two-point goals, and 17 groundballs. In 41 career PLL games with the Waterdogs and Cannons, Rees, a 2019 All-Star selection, has recorded 26 points and totaled 136 groundball recoveries.