MLL's Hounds acquire ex-Terp Young, send Berger to Lizards

The Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse announced a pair of trades Friday through which the team will acquire attackman Ryan Young (Maryland) in addition to two 2014 Collegiate Draft picks.

The first part of the deal sends midfielder Stephen Berger (Washington College, Mount St. Joseph) to the New York Lizards in exchange for Young, midfielder Colin Briggs and a 2014 third-round Collegiate Draft Pick. The Hounds then trade Briggs to the Boston Cannons in exchange for a 2014 second-round Collegiate Draft Pick.

"Stephen Berger did great things for us as an expansion team," said Hounds COO and director of player personnel Wade Leaphart. "We're excited about the pieces we were able to acquire in this deal, allowing us to strengthen our core and build for the future."

Coach Mike Cerino echoed those sentiments, saying, "While we are going to miss Stephen Berger's experience, we are excited to add a dynamic young player in Ryan Young and two top-25 draft picks for the 2014 MLL Draft."

Young has played 19 games with the Lizards over the past two seasons, tallying 17 goals and seven assists for a total of 24 points. He will add needed depth to a Hounds attack unit featuring Eric Lusby (Loyola University, Severna Park), Matt Danowski and Shayne Jackson.

Berger, meanwhile, returns to the team with which he spent the first seven seasons of his MLL career.