F Scott Jones
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm announced on Friday that the team has agreed to one-year contracts with forward Scott Jones as well as defensemen Jordan Houtby and Reid Acton for the 2015 season.
Jones, a first-round pick of the Swarm in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft (No. 7 overall), is set to return to Minnesota after collecting 21 points (6g, 15a) over 16 games in a promising rookie season. The 24-year-old from Port Coquitlam, British Colombia was one of the Swarm’s four first-round picks last season, which included F Logan Schuss (No. 1 overall), D Jason Noble (No. 2 overall) and T Cam Flint (No. 4 overall).
“We are excited to have Scott back for another year in Minnesota,” Swarm Owner and Governor John Arlotta said. “He showed great progress as a rookie and we are looking for him to take the next step in 2015 to become a full time contributor to the Swarm offense. He brings a great attitude and presence to our team both on and off the floor.”
A college standout at UMBC, Jones scored his first NLL goal in his second-career game (Jan. 11 at Vancouver), and posted two or more points seven times this past season. The stocky right-hander is best known for his booming shot and his physical presence in the offensive end. Measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 225-pounds, Jones was the biggest of all Swarm forwards in 2014.
Playing his summer lacrosse with the Burnaby Lakers of the WLA, Jones is sitting in fourth on his team in offense, racking up 40 points (14g, 26a) in 16 games played. In his rookie season with the Lakers, Jones finished second in team scoring with 65 points (27g, 38a).
D Jordan Houtby
Houtby, at 22 years of age, was the youngest member of the Swarm’s active roster in 2014. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound defender out of Detroit-Mercy was picked up by Minnesota in the fourth-round (No. 29 overall) in 2013. Appearing in six games his rookie season, Houtby tallied a pair of assists while nabbing 15 loose balls and five forced turnovers.
“We are pleased to have Jordan back for the 2015 season,” added Arlotta. “He gained valuable NLL experience last season and has continued to grow as a player while playing summer lacrosse. We believe his recent success positions him well to compete for more playing time next season.”
A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Houtby has played in 16 games with the Brooklin Redmen (MSL) this summer, picking up one goal and three assists in the process.
D Reid Acton
Acton, 25, was a Swarm third-round selection (No. 21 overall) in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman has spent the summer with the Florida Launch of the MLL, where he has played alongside Noble and Swarm transition player David Earl. In 11 appearances with the Launch, Acton has accumulated nine ground balls.
“We are very excited to sign Reid to a contract for the 2015 season,” said Arlotta. Although he was unable to join us last year due to job commitments, he is ready to go for the 2015 season and very anxious to get back on the floor. He is a talented defender who is known for his physical play, and he will fit the Swarm mold with his tough, unrelenting defense.”
The Toronto, Ontario native is a graduate of Loyola University, where he was a two-time All-American. During his career at Loyola, Acton helped the Greyhounds to three NCAA Championship appearances and a national title in 2012. His 53 caused turnovers is third-most in program history.
The 2014 NLL Entry Draft will take place on Monday, Sept. 22 in Oakville, Ontario. For more information on how to join The Hive for the upcoming season visit MNSwarm.com or call 888-667-9276.