2010 World Championships MVP Paul Rabil (Philadelphia Wings) is one of 16 NLL players at U.S. Men's National Team tryouts. (Photo: US Lacrosse)
16 National Lacrosse League players were among the 98 names 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 take place this weekend from Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md.
Update: see who made the cut for the team's 52-man training roster here.
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.
10 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 Philadelphia Wings transition player and 2010 World Championships MVP Paul Rabil, along with three other Wings players in All-World performers Brendan Mundorf and Max Seibald, and Ned Crotty, who scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to clinch the world title for the U.S. in Manchester.
Many other NLL players will compete for a coveted roster spot to represent their country. See below for the NLL tryout pool by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:
Ned Crotty, Philadelphia Wings, Duke*
Matt Gibson, Minnesota Swarm, Yale
Brendan Mundorf, Philadelphia Wings, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, 2013 NLL Entry Draft Prospect, Cornell
Drew Westervelt, Philadelphia Wings, UMBC*
Kevin Buchanan, Philadelphia Wings, Ohio State
David Earl, Minnesota Swarm, Notre Dame
Pat Heim, Philadelphia Wings, Penn State
Paul Rabil, Philadelphia Wings, Johns Hopkins*
Casey Powell, Colorado Mammoth, Syracuse^%
Max Seibald, Philadelphia Wings, Cornell*
Kyle Hartzell, Philadelphia Wings, Salisbury
Mitch Belisle, Minnesota Swarm, Cornell
Mike Manley, Philadelphia Wings, Duke
Kyle Sweeney, Philadelphia Wings, Georgetown*
Chad Wiedmaier, Philadelphia Wings, Princeton
* 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
Click here to read Sean Burns' article on LaxMagazine.com about 10 storylines to watch at Team USA Trials this weekend.
Check out Terrance Foy's projected USMNT roster, which predicts about a dozen NLL players and prospects on the team, on Inside Lacrosse here.
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 the hashtag #USAMLAX.
Story courtesy of US Lacrosse.