OTS – US Lacrosse Names 59-Man Tryout Roster for 2018 World Team – Includes 4 Launch and 2 Florida Born Players

via press release – photo via US Lacrosse web site

 

Author’s Note:  The Florida roots of this squad actually go 7 deep when you include JoJo Marasco, who is the head coach at Windermere Prep.  Four members of the Florida Launch in McArdle, Buczek, Durkin and Byrnes and of course members of the Bernhardt clan!  Not bad for a 59-man roster . . . 

 

SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse has named 59 players that have been selected to try out for the 2018 U. S. Men’s National Team. The first round of tryouts will be held July 9-11 at the new U.S. national teams training center at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.

Following the initial round of tryouts, U.S. head coach John Danowski and his staff will follow up with additional tryouts and training weekends at US Lacrosse on the weekends of Sept. 1-4 and Oct. 6-9.

Twenty of the players in the tryout pool have previously played for a U.S. team in Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship competition – either at the senior, U19 or indoor championships. That list includes Ned Crotty and Paul Rabil, who will both be attempting to make their third U.S. senior team roster. Rabil was the MVP of the 2010 FIL World Championship and Crotty scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal game against Canada that summer.

The U.S. is coming off of a silver medal finish at the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver. The FIL recently announced that the 2018 world championship was moving from England to Israel with exact dates and location to be announced later this month.

Since 1967, the U.S. has won gold or silver medal at every men’s international world championship in field lacrosse. The U.S. won gold in 1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. The U.S. finished as the runner-up to Canada in 1978, 2006 and 2014.

The U.S. men’s national team trains and plays using best-in class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), Cascade (helmets), STX (equipment), Warrior (equipment) and SISU (mouthguards). In addition to these partners, Greenfields, MedStar Health, Nationwide, Sports Force Parks and SweatX are official sponsors of Team USA.

For more information on the U.S. men’s national team, visit uslacrosse.org/teamusa. Follow the team on social media @uslacrosse and use #USAMLAX on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and and YouTube.

The 59-player tryout pool is listed below by position:

Attack

Name – MLL Team – College

Michael Bocklet – Denver – Fairfield ‘07
Ryan Brown – Charlotte – Johns Hopkins ‘16
Ned Crotty – Rochester – Duke ‘10
Matt Danowski – Chesapeake – Duke ‘07
Matt Gibson – New York – Yale ‘12
Marcus Holman – Ohio – North Carolina ‘13
Matt Kavanagh – Denver – Notre Dame ‘16
Will Manny – Boston – Massachusetts ‘13
Kieran McArdle – Florida – St. John’s ‘14
Rob Pannell – New York – Cornell ‘13
Joey Sankey – Charlotte – North Carolina ‘15
Jordan Wolf – Rochester – Duke ‘14

Midfield

Name – MLL Team – College

Matt Abbott – Chesapeake – Syracuse ‘09
Brent Adams – Denver – Fairfield ‘12
Connor Buczek – Florida – Cornell ‘15
Mike Chanenchuk – Charlotte – Maryland ‘14
John Haus – Charlotte – Maryland ‘13
Myles Jones – Chesapeake – Duke ‘16
JoJo Marasco – Rochester – Syracuse ‘13
Sergio Perkovic – None – Notre Dame ‘17
Paul Rabil – New York – Johns Hopkins ‘08
Tom Schreiber – Ohio – Princeton ‘14
Jeremy Sieverts – Denver – Maryland ‘09
Drew Snider – Denver – Maryland ‘12
Joe Walters – New York -Maryland ‘06

Shortstick Defensive Midfield

Name – MLL Team – College

Jake Bernhardt – Ohio – Maryland ‘13
Steven DeNapoli – New York – Hofstra ‘11
Greg Downing – Denver – Fairfield ‘07
Will Haus – Charlotte – Duke ’15
Jacob Richard – New York – Marquette ‘18
Kevin Unterstein – New York – Hofstra ‘08

Longstick Defensive Midfield

Name – MLL Team – College

Liam Byrnes  – Florida – Marquette ‘15
C.J. Costabile – Chesapeake – Duke ‘12
Michael Ehrhardt – Charlotte – Maryland ‘14
Kyle Hartzell – New York – Salisbury ‘08
Scott Ratliff – Atlanta – Loyola ‘13
Joel White – Rochester – Syracuse ‘13

Defense

Name – MLL Team – College

Mitch Belisle – Boston – Cornell ‘07
Jesse Bernhardt – Chesapeake – Maryland ‘13
Matt Bocklet – Denver – Johns Hopkins ‘08
Tucker Durkin – Florida – Johns Hopkins ‘13
Michael Evans – Chesapeake – Johns Hopkins ‘09
Joe Fletcher – New York – Loyola ‘14
B.J. Grill – Denver – Marquette ‘16
Matt Landis – Boston – Notre Dame ‘16
Michael Manley – Rochester – Duke ‘12
Jackson Place – Ohio – Bucknell ‘14
Michael Simon – Denver – Stevenson ‘09

Goalie

Name – MLL Team – College

Drew Adams – New York – Penn State ‘09
Tyler Fiorito – Boston – Princeton ‘12
John Galloway – Rochester – Syracuse ‘11
Jack Kelly – Denver – Brown ‘16
Brian Phipps – Chesapeake – Maryland ‘10

Faceoff Specialist

Name – MLL Team – College

Trevor Baptiste – None – Denver ‘18
Brendan Fowler – Charlotte – Duke ‘14
Greg Gurenlian – New York – Penn State ‘06
Tom Kelly – Denver – Virginia
Joe Nardella – Boston – Rutgers ‘15
Greg Puskuldjian – Ohio – Adelphi ‘14