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Former Hopkins stars Rabil, Harrison, Durkin named to Team USA

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — Following a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned seven months, US Lacrosse has named the U.S. Men’s National Team 30-man roster for the FIL World Championship, July 10-19 in Denver.

The team was selected from a 51-player training roster that last took the field at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, in Orlando on Jan. 26 for a Blue-White exhibition game, which has been chronicled in this week’s all-access series, “Road to the Rockies: Making Team USA” on The Lacrosse Network.

Four players return from the gold medal-winning 2010 FIL World Championship squad that defeated Canada 12-10 in Manchester, England, to earn the United States’ ninth world title. Returners include attackmen Ned Crotty and Brendan Mundorf (All-World) as well as midfielders Paul Rabil (MVP and All-World) and Max Seibald (All-World). Defensive midfielder Kyle Harrison played for the U.S. team in 2006. Defenseman Joe Fletcher (Loyola ’14) is the lone collegian selected to the team.

Team USA will reconvene next for training camp in Connecticut (location TBA) June 22-26 concluding with a matchup against a squad of MLL All-Stars in the MLL All-Star Game on June 26 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. From there, the team heads to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a second training camp July 6-9 before beginning its world title defense in Denver on July 10. Ultimately, 23 of the 30 players will be selected to the active roster for the duration of the World Championship.

“I can’t say enough good things about all of the guys who have been a part of this process,” said Team USA Head Coach Richie Meade. “Both the guys who are continuing on and the ones who aren’t have been incredible on and off the field since we started working on this process a year and a half ago. You could make a good case for each of them to be on this list, but we are really excited about the group we’ve put together. We’re ready to move from the evaluation phase into the preparation phase as we look ahead to Denver.”

The 30-man roster by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack

Ned Crotty, New York Lizards, Duke*
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia
Garrett Thul, Florida Launch/Philadelphia Wings, Army

Midfield

Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Matt Mackrides, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Penn State
JoJo Marasco, New York Lizards, Syracuse
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Max Seibald, New York Lizards/Philadelphia Wings, Cornell*
Drew Snider, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Defensive Midfield

Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Kyle Harrison, LXM PRO, Johns Hopkins^
Jeff Reynolds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland

Faceoff

Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate

Defense

Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons, Cornell
Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Tucker Durkin, Florida Launch, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Joe Fletcher, Loyola +
Kyle Hartzell, New York Lizards, Salisbury
Brian Karalunas, New York Lizards, Villanova
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Goalie

Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins

* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2006 U.S. men’s national team member
+ Current college player

For more information on the U.S. men’s national team, visit uslacrosse.org/usmen. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, on Twitter and Instagram at @uslacrosse and use #USAMLAX.

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Loyola senior Fletcher named to Team USA

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named To U.S. National Team For 2014 World Championships

 

BALTIMORE – On the eve of the start of his senior season, Loyola University Maryland defender learned he will be one of 30 players to comprise the U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team that will compete at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championships this July in Denver.

Fletcher, who with his teammates will open the 2014 season tomorrow night at the University of Virginia, was picked by Team USA Head Coach Richie Meade and his staff. The event will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park from July 10-19 in the Mile High City. He is the lone player currently on the in college to be named to the team.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for a great person, leader and lacrosse player,” said Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach. “Joe has been the example of what we want a Loyola men’s lacrosse player to be during his time here. We are extremely proud of Fletch.”

Last month, Fletcher became the highest Loyola player ever selected in the 14-year history of the Major League Lacrosse Draft. He was the third overall pick of event by the New York Lizards.

Fletcher finished last season as one of the best defenders in the nation, earning All-America First Team honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). In doing so, he became the first Loyola player to earn the recognition since Gavin Prout in 2001.

The senior defender from Syracuse, N.Y., was the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year as he finished the season with 64 ground balls, tops amongst close defenders in the conference. He also had 17 caused turnovers and was a key member of the Greyhounds’ clearing unit that led the nation and set a Division I record by successfully clearing the ball 95.5 percent of the time.

A noted student leader outside of lacrosse, Fletcher is co-president of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and he is one of 14 students school-wide to serve on the Green & Grey society, a group of student leaders who serve as liaisons to Loyola’s president, board of trustees and administration.

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US Lacrosse National Team to hold Baltimore tryout

Posted on 21 August 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, August 21, 2013 — The reigning world champion U.S. Men’s National Team will host tryouts at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., from Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The three-day tryout will see 94 premier professional and collegiate players vie for 46 spots on Team USA.

Ultimately, 23 of the 46 players selected on Labor Day weekend will compete for the U.S. as it goes for a record 10th world title at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.

In all, 40 players in the tryout pool have Baltimore ties by way of collegiate alma maters or current professional team. The Chesapeake Bayhawks will send an MLL-best 17 players to tryouts, including 2010 U.S. team returner Drew Westervelt (UMBC). Returning gold medalists Brendan Mundorf (Denver Outlaws, UMBC), Stephen Peyser (New York Lizards, Johns Hopkins), Paul Rabil (Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins) headline a list of 30 players who played college lacrosse in the Baltimore area. Longtime rivals Johns Hopkins (12) and Maryland (9) will send the two largest contingents of alumni to tryouts, along with four representatives from UMBC, three from Loyola, and one each from Navy and Stevenson.

Additionally, U.S. team head coach Richie Meade led the Navy men’s lacrosse program from 1994-2011, where he guided the Midshipmen to a 142-97 (.589) record in 17 years. Meade is currently the head coach at Furman (S.C.), which will begin play in the 2014 season.

For the full tryout list and more information on the U.S. men’s national team, visit uslacrosse.org/usmen. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, on Twitter and Instagram at @uslacrosse and use #USAMLAX.

The World Champion U.S. Men’s National Teams train and play using best-in-class products provided by Nike (apparel), STX (equipment), Cascade (helmets) and Shock Doctor (mouth guards). Nationwide and Marriott International are official sponsors of Team USA.

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One current, two former Greyhounds invited to US National Team tryouts

Posted on 27 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Fletcher, Ratliff, Sawyer Invited To U.S. National Team Tryouts

 

BALTIMORE – Rising senior Joe Fletcher and two May 2013 graduates of Loyola University Maryland, Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer, were among the players selected to tryout for the United States Men’s Lacrosse National Team late next month.

 

The trio will compete with 95 of their peers during the August 30-September 1 trials that will be held at Goucher College in Towson, Md. Forty players will emerge from the roster cut following the weekend and begin preparation for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships that will be held July 10-14, 2014, in Denver.

 

Fletcher is the only defender to be a current collegiate player, and he is one of just seven players with remaining college eligibility selected to compete in the camp. The native of Syracuse, N.Y., earned All-America First Team honors in May from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association after solidifying his position as one of the top lock-down defenders in the game.

 

After earning All-America Honorable Mention, ECAC All-Tournament and NCAA All-Championships recognition in 2012 while helping the Greyhounds run to the 2012 National Championship, Fletcher was second on the team and tops among close defenders with 64 ground balls in 2013. He also caused 17 turnovers and was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Ratliff and Sawyer both earned invitations to the camp after recently concluding their careers and moving on to the professional ranks of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).

 

Ratliff as a two-time All-American long-stick midfielder, earning Second Team honors as a senior and Third Team recognition during his junior season. He was the 2012 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of that season’s ECAC Championships, and the Marietta, Ga., native was named to the NCAA All-Championships Team, was the 2013 ECAC Specialist of the Year and a finalist for the nation Senior CLASS Award.

 

He led the Greyhounds with 77 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers as a senior in 2013 while setting a single-season long-pole goals scored record at Loyola with 14. In 58 career games, he tallied 30 goals and 14 assists, notching the program’s career goals and points scored records. His 217 career ground balls rank seventh in Loyola’s Division I history, and his 88 caused turnovers are second.

 

Ratliff, who is the first player to hail from the State of Georgia to be named to a Team USA tryout camp, was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Entry Draft by the Boston Cannons where he has helped position the Cannons for a possible playoff berth this year. He has averaged 3.4 ground balls per game in seven MLL contests and scored his first professional goal on June 21 against New York.

 

Sawyer earned All-America honors three times at Loyola, becoming the first Loyola player to do so since David Metz (1999-2001). He garnered Second Team honors as a junior in 2012 when he scored 52 goals and 62 points during the Greyhounds’ NCAA title run. He was an honorable mention recipient as a sophomore in 2011 and senior in 2013.

 

The native of Waxhaw, N.C., scored 36 goals in 14 games as a senior and wrapped up his four-year Loyola career with 128, good for second on the Greyhounds Division I scoring chart. He is listed on the Team USA tryout chart as a midfielder, a position he played as a freshman in 2009 when he was the ECAC Rookie of the Year.

 

Sawyer was drafted with the eighth pick of the first round in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Entry Draft by his hometown Charlotte Hounds, and he earned an invitation to the MLL All-Star Game earlier this month at his home stadium. At that event, Sawyer set a world record in the MLL Fastest Shot Competition, registering a rip of 113 miles per hour only to follow with a blast of 114 mph. In eight professional games thus far, Sawyer has scored 10 goals for the Hounds and assisted on five more.

 

A total of 156 players submitted tryout applications, which were considered by a selection committee including current and past U.S. men’s national team coaches and players, as well as current college and professional coaches. U.S. team head coach Richie Meade will oversee the tryout process.

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