BALTIMORE, MD – Seven former Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse players, as well as head coach Dave Pietramala, head athletic trainer Brad Mountcastle and strength and conditioning coach Jay Dyer, will be at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida this weekend for the ninth annual Champion Challenge. The seven former players are all bidding for one of the 23 roster spots available on Team USA, which will compete in the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.
Pietramala is serving as an assistant coach for Team USA, while Mountcastle and Dyer were selected as the head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach, respectively. Pietramala was a member of Team USA in 1990 and 1994 and helped the red, white & blue to the world championship in both of those years. This is the first time he has been a member of the team’s coaching staff.
The 51 players still competing for a roster spot were recently divided into two teams (Blue & White), which will play on Sunday (January 26) at 1:30 pm at the Wide World of Sports Complex. The game can be seen live on Watch ESPN and will be rebroadcast on ESPNU at 10 pm that evening.
Former Johns Hopkins players who are among the 51 remaining candidates for a spot on Team USA include:
Tucker Durkin - USA Blue
Michael Evans - USA White
Kyle Harrison - USA Blue
Stephen Peyser - USA White
Mike Poppleton - USA Blue
Paul Rabil - USA White
Jesse Schwartzman - USA Blue