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The Stags announced today the re-signing of three major pieces from their 2016 Western Conference Championship roster.

The Portland Stags announced today that Sam Franer, Chris Hancock and Peter Woodside have all re-signed with the team for the 2017 MLU season.

Franer, a 24-year old out of Lewis & Clark College, returns for his second year with the team after an impressive rookie season in 2016. Playing 122 points on the season (10th most on the team), Franer tallied eight goals, four assists and seven blocks for the Western Conference Champions. Playing primary on the D-line, Franer was incredibly reliable with the disc, leading the team with a 97.6% completion percentage. 

Here we see Franer’s value after the turn, as he makes a great layout bid for the goal after stretching the defense:

Fans will be thrilled to see Woodside return for his fourth season with the Stags. As the two-time Western Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), he has been a force for the team since his rookie in 2014.

The 6-foot-4 defensive cutter from Dixie State College burst onto the scene in his second season with the Stags, leading the MLU in blocks (17) and finishing third in the league in goals scored (31) on his way to being named the 2015 MLU Breakout Player of the Year

In 2016, the formidable Woodside continued his dominance, setting new career highs in blocks (19) and assists (7), while again finishing with the third most goals scored league-wide (27). A significant factor in the Stags continued success in the Western Conference, Woodside will continue to torment opposing offenses in 2017.

Here we see one of the most exciting plays of the 2015 MLU playoffs. Woodside uses his impressive speed and athleticism to make one of the most exciting blocks in league history:

Since the team was founded in 2013, Hancock has been a key piece of the Stags strategy. A versatile handler, the 5-foot-8 Hancock, a product of Oregon State has played on both sides of the disc during his four year career with the Stags, completing an impressive 94.5% of his throws.

While Hancock’s 2015 season was derailed by injury, told he may never walk again, he came back even stronger in 2016, scoring twice and completing 100% of his passes in the Western Conference Final against the Seattle Rainmakers.

Against the Dogfish this year, Hancock showed off one of his impressive throws, as he finds teammate Raphy Hayes for the score, breaking his mark with a beautiful scoober:

“I’m excited to be returning for my 5th season with the Stags,” said Hancock. “It’s another opportunity to try and bring the MLU trophy to Portland. We’re bringing back a lot of key pieces from last year’s team and looking to improve our game. Peter [Woodside] and Franer are awesome players that bring a lot of energy and skill to the game, I look forward to taking the field with them. Antlers Up.“

With Franer, Woodside and Hancock re-signed, the Stags have a solid core in place to build around as they continue to rule the Western Conference of the MLU in 2017. For more roster updates, as well as tryout announcements and other team news, follow the Stags on Facebook and Twitter.

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