Four Tar Heels In US National Team Pool

By UNC Athletics Posted July 28, 2013 at 7:29 am

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BALTIMORE - US Lacrosse today announced the 98 players selected to try out for the U.S. Men’s National Team, which will defend its world title at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo. Tryouts will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md.

Four former Tar Heel players are amongst the 98 players invited, including attackmen Billy Bitter and Marcus Holman, midfielder Ben Hunt and defenseman Ryan Flanagan.

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 (Furman University) will oversee the tryout process. Following tryouts, US Lacrosse will announce the 40-player U.S. men’s national team.

Ten players return to try out from the 2010 U.S. men’s national team that won gold with a 12-10 victory over Canada in Manchester, England. Notable returners include 2010 World Championships MVP Paul Rabil, All-World performers Brendan Mundorf and Max Seibald, three-time U.S. team members Ryan Boyle and Matt Striebel, and Ned Crotty, who scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to clinch the world title for the U.S. in Manchester.

The tryout pool by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack

Billy Bitter, LXM PRO, North Carolina
Chris Bocklet, Denver Outlaws, Virginia
Jeremy Boltus, Denver Outlaws, Army
Ryan Boyle, Boston Cannons, Princeton*^+
Ned Crotty, Rochester Rattlers, Duke*
Kevin Cunningham, Hamilton Nationals, Villanova
Matt Danowski, Charlotte Hounds, Duke
Matt Gibson, New York Lizards, Yale
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Eric Law, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Denver Outlaws, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Jack Rice, Glenelg Golden Eagles (Aus.), Villanova
Ben Rubeor, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Virginia
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia
Garrett Thul, Hamilton Nationals, Army
Drew Westervelt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC*
Jordan Wolf, Duke #
Chazz Woodson, Ohio Machine, Brown
Ryan Young, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland

Midfield

Peter Baum, LXM PRO, Colgate
Stephen Berger, Boston Cannons, Washington College
Sam Bradman, LXM PRO, Salisbury
Steven Brooks, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
David Earl, New York Lizards, Notre Dame
Graham Gill, LXM PRO, Navy
Kyle Harrison, LXM PRO, Johns Hopkins
Pat Heim, Boston Cannons, Penn State
Ben Hunt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, North Carolina
Terry Kimener, Denver Outlaws, UMBC
Michael Kimmel, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Cameron Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals, Lehigh
Roman Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals, Lehigh
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Matt Mackrides, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Penn State
Stephen Peyser, New York Lizards, Johns Hopkins*
Peet Poillon, Charlotte Hounds, UMBC
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Casey Powell, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse^%
Mike Sawyer, Charlotte Hounds, Loyola
Tom Schreiber, Princeton #
Max Seibald, New York Lizards, Cornell*
Jeremy Sieverts, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Drew Snider, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Mike Stone, Boston Cannons, Middlebury
Matt Striebel, Rochester Rattlers, Princeton*^+

Short-stick defensive midfield

Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Jake Bernhardt, Ohio Machine, Maryland
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Steve DeNapoli, Rochester Rattlers, Hofstra
Benson Erwin, LXM PRO, Johns Hopkins
Chris LaPierre, Hamilton Nationals, Virginia #
Justin Pennington, Denver Outlaws, Rutgers
John Ranagan, Rochester Rattlers, Johns Hopkins
Chris Schiller, Charlotte Hounds, Penn State*
Kevin Unterstein, New York Lizards, Hofstra

Faceoff

Matt Dolente, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Brendan Fowler, Duke #
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State
Anthony Kelly, Denver Outlaws, Ohio State
Kevin Massa, Bryant #
Mike Poppleton, Hamilton Nationals, Johns Hopkins
Adam Rand, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stony Brook

Long-stick midfield

Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Matt Bocklet, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins
Brian Farrell, Boston Cannons, Maryland
Kyle Hartzell, Ohio Machine, Salisbury
Brian Karalunas, New York Lizards, Villanova
John LoCascio, Villanova #
Scott Ratliff, Boston Cannons, Loyola
Dillon Roy, Denver Outlaws, Denver

Defense

Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons, Cornell
Brendan Buckley, Boston Cannons, Army
Tucker Durkin, Hamilton Nationals, Johns Hopkins
Barney Ehrmann, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Georgetown
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Ryan Flanagan, Charlotte Hounds, North Carolina
Joe Fletcher, Loyola #
John Lade, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Matt Lovejoy, Hamilton Nationals, Virginia
Mike Manley, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Nicky Polanco, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Hofstra
Brett Schmidt, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland
Michael Simon, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stevenson
Kyle Sweeney, Boston Cannons, Georgetown*
Chad Wiedmaier, Ohio Machine, Princeton
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Goalie

Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons, Brown
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Adam Ghitelman, Charlotte Hounds, Virginia
Austin Kaut, Penn State #
Brett Queener, Hamilton Nationals, Albany
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins
Kip Turner, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Virginia

* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2006 U.S. men’s national team member
+ 2002 U.S. men’s national team member
% 1998 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.

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.

About US Lacrosse
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