2009 E-Lacrosse Feature: 2010 U.S. men's team tryouts are setThe tryout list for the U.S. men's team was released today by US Lacrosse. In the small world of the Title IX-restricted-but-bursting-at-the-seams sport of lacrosse, where the biggest stage is the college championships and the pros struggle to succeed financially, the team that represents the United States at the world championships is the team every star American player wants to make the most. It is the pinnacle of a post-collegiate career, and very rarely, a collegiate lacrosse career.
It is a grueling process from here on for these 84 players. The next step is the actual tryouts, which I have often said is the very best display of individual lacrosse skill and heart in the world. I know the U.S. lost the world championships to Canada and is not the current champion. Canada's 23 players were better than our final choice of 23 players, but there is a big dropoff in the Canadian pool right around 23. It used to be around 18, and I remember when it was like 10. Until recently, Canadians did not play outdoor field lacrosse that much. But for decades, the U.S. top 100 has been pretty darn close and very, very good.
Now, that number is bigger than 100. There are guys that did not make this cut that are amazing players. And every guy cut from now on will be a star, a "record-breaking" player at his college, the one-day sure-thing Hall of Famer at his lacrosse hotbed high school.
The tryouts are the perfect storm of the best assemblage of talent with everything on the line for each player. The result is wonderful. Everyone can make it. Most will not. What they do over a period of days in front of 20 or more judges will make all the difference.
The last time we had tryouts, all three Powell brothers told me they thought they did not make the team just after the last scrimmage, but before the results were posted, which included all of their names. Only one, Ryan, is on the tryout list this time.
The judges are excellent coaches from all over the lacrosse world, hovering over clipboards, always making notes. They will move the players around in different matchups, playing multiple games each day over multiple days. Their curiosity to find the best complimenting players is the spectators' delight as the variation of teammates and opponents is always entertaining.
Each player knows that there is limited time to show their wares and yet lacrosse is a team sport where unselfish play is recognized and rewarded, especially at this level.
And luck certainly plays into it. I have seen excellent players have a few bad days while far lesser players have peaked and made the squad. Sometimes those guys have even gone on to do very well in the world games. All of the guys trying out have that type of potential.
I'll have more about the tryouts, which are almost as great as the actual world championships, as we get closer to it. But for now, just pick any three guys randomly at any position and the possibilities start jumping out at you. You start to see how much fun it will be to pick and coach this team. The coaching spot is also the most coveted one in the world of U.S. lacrosse. The honor this time around went to Mike Pressler, the coach at Bryant University. Pressler was an assistant on the 2002 team in Perth, Australia.
Here's the unedited US Lacrosse release and the list of invitees:
US LACROSSE NAMES 84 PLAYERS FOR 2010 U.S. MEN'S TEAM TRYOUTS
BALTIMORE - US Lacrosse has announced that 84 players have been selected to try out for the 2010 U.S. men's lacrosse team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England from July 10-24, 2010. The tryouts will be held from June 7-10, 2009 at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Nearly 200 players submitted applications to be considered for the tryouts and the pool was narrowed to 84 by the U.S. Men's Team Player Selection Committee.
"These are players who have shown that they can compete at the highest level and win championships, and that's what we're trying to do," said Larry Quinn, chair of the player selection committee.
Following the tryout weekend, the group will be trimmed to approximately 40 players that will compete in three training weekends during the fall of 2009. After those three weekends, the roster will be cut to the FIL-mandated size of 23 players.
Included among the tryout selections are 12 players that participated on the 2006 U.S. team that finished as the runner-up to Canada at the world championship. Those players are Ryan Boyle, Kevin Cassese, Christian Cook, John Gagliardi, Chris Garrity, Kyle Harrison, Nicky Polanco, Ryan Powell, Matt Striebel, Kyle Sweeney and Scott Urick. Boyle, Cassese and Striebel, along with tryout invitee Ryan McClay, were all members of the 2002 U.S. team that won the world title in Australia.
A total of 13 current collegiate players have been invited to the tryouts. Overall, Johns Hopkins is the best-represented university among the selections with 10 current or former players chosen. Virginia had eight players selected and Duke, Maryland and Syracuse had seven each.
From Major League Lacrosse, the Long Island Lizards lead the way with 17 players from their 2009 preseason roster selected. Boston had 14 players selected and Chicago, Denver and Washington each had 11 players selected.
The 2010 world championship will be the first men's championship conducted by the newly-formed FIL, which is a result of the merger of the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations and the International Lacrosse Federation.
The U.S. has won seven of the nine world titles held since 1974, failing to win gold only in 1978 and 2006. The 2010 U.S. team will be coached by Mike Pressler, the head coach at Bryant University.
The complete list of selections follows:
Name Pos. Current Team College
Matt Alrich A Boston Cannons Delaware '04
Ryan Boyle A Boston Cannons Princeton '04
Kevin Buchanan A Chicago Machine Ohio State '08
Brandon Corp A Colgate Colgate '09
Matt Danowski A Long Island Lizards Duke '08
Dan Glading A Virginia Virginia '09
Tim Goettelmann A Long Island Lizards Loyola '01
Seth Goldberg A Long Island Lizards Yale '05
Kevin Leveille A Chicago Machine Massachusetts '03
Mike Leveille A Chicago Machine Syracuse '08
Sean Morris A Boston Cannons Massachusetts '06
Brendan Mundorf A Denver Outlaws UMBC '06
Ryan Powell A Denver Outlaws Syracuse '00
Jed Prossner A Washington Bayhawks North Carolina '05
Scott Urick A Washington Bayhawks Georgetown '00
Joe Walters A Toronto Nationals Maryland '06
Matt Ward A Long Island Lizards Virginia '06
Drew Westervelt A Denver Outlaws UMBC '07
Chazz Woodson A Chicago Machine Brown '05
Will Yeatman A Maryland Maryland '10
Name Pos. Current Team College
Matthew Abbott M Syracuse Syracuse '09
Stephen Berger M Long Island Lizards Washington '04
Steven Brooks M Chicago Machine Syracuse '08
Kevin Cassese M Washington Bayhawks Duke '03
Jonathan Christmas M Boston Cannons Virginia '05
Dan Cocchi M Long Island Lizards Towson '03
Andy Corno M Boston Cannons Georgetown '05
Ned Crotty M Duke Duke '09
Kyle Dixon M Washington Bayhawks Virginia '06
Greg Downing M Denver Outlaws Fairfield '07
Benson Erwin M Denver Outlaws Johns Hopkins '05
Chris Fiore M Long Island Lizards Massachusetts '03
John Glynn M Cornell Cornell '09
Dan Hardy M Syracuse Syracuse '09
Kyle Harrison M Denver Outlaws Johns Hopkins '05
Pat Heim M Washington Bayhawks Penn State '07
Anthony Kelly M Chicago Machine Ohio State '03
Terry Kimener M Chicago Machine UMBC '08
Brendan Loftus M Toronto Nationals Syracuse '08
Bill McGlone M Chicago Machine Maryland '06
Jarett Park M Washington Bayhawks Syracuse '05
Greg Peyser M Long Island Lizards Johns Hopkins '06
Stephen Peyser M Long Island Lizards Johns Hopkins '08
Matt Poskay M Boston Cannons Virginia '06
Paul Rabil M Boston Cannons Johns Hopkins '08
Chris Schiller M Penn State '99
Max Seibald M Cornell Cornell '09
Alex Smith M Washington Bayhawks Delaware '07
Matt Striebel M Chicago Machine Princeton '01
Peter Vlahakis M Long Island Lizards Fairfield '04
Matt Zash M Long Island Lizards Duke '06
Thomas Zummo M Boston Cannons NY Tech '05
Name Pos. Current Team College
Mitch Belisle D Boston Cannons Cornell '07
Matthew Bocklet D Denver Outlaws Johns Hopkins '08
Joe Cinosky D Toronto Nationals Maryland '09
Ken Clausen D Virginia Virginia '10
Christian Cook D Washington Bayhawks Princeton '98
DJ Driscoll D Chicago Machine Notre Dame '06
Barney Ehrmann D Georgetown Georgetown '10
Michael Evans D Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins '09
John Gagliardi D Long Island Lizards Johns Hopkins '97
Brett Hughes D Denver Outlaws Virginia '04
Zach Jungers D Denver Outlaws Princeton '07
Eric Martin D Denver Outlaws Salisbury '04
Ryan McClay D Boston Cannons Cornell '03
Tony McDevitt D Long Island Lizards Duke '07
Stephen McElduff D Boston Cannons North Carolina '06
Parker Mckee D Duke Duke '10
Shawn Nadelen D Washington Bayhawks Johns Hopkins '01
Nick O'Hara D Toronto Nationals Duke '07
Chris Passavia D Boston Cannons Maryland '04
Nicky Polanco D Long Island Lizards Hofstra '02
Jack Reid D Boston Cannons Massachusetts '06
Brian Spallina D Long Island Lizards Hofstra '00
Kyle Sweeney D Washington Bayhawks Georgetown '03
Lee Zink D Denver Outlaws Maryland '04
Name Pos. Current Team College
Brian Dougherty G Long Island Lizards Maryland '96
Adam Fullerton G Army '08
Chris Garrity G Washington Bayhawks Penn State '04
Mickey Jarboe G Navy '00
Joey Kemp G Chicago Machine Notre Dame '08
Matt McMonagle G Long Island Lizards Cornell '07
Rob Scherr G Toronto Nationals Johns Hopkins '04
Kip Turner G Boston Cannons Virginia '07
March 2, 2009