Wednesday, July 25, 2007

US Announces Jr. National Team for 08 Worlds

US Lacrosse has announced the 23 players that will represent the United States at the 2008 ILF U-19 Worlds in BC, Canada. The team was selected following a three-day invitational camp at UMBC, mid-July. 120 players were invited to camp, so selecting the final 23 was difficult. But the States, who are undefeated in U-19 International play, were looking for Stars...

"It works itself out after you have that many sessions," said Jake Reed, chair of the player selection committee, which included representatives from 16 states. "The cream does rise to the top. They're all great players, but we were looking for the ones that stepped up above everyone else. I think we have a great team."

The US team is listed below. Canada, who likely will be the States largest threat in 08, are holding tryouts in BC, ONT and SK until mid-September, with their Final Camp in Vancouver, BC not until Oct. We'll be there for that camp and of course blog the results.

The 2008 U.S. Men's U-19 Team is as follows:

Adam Ghitelman - Syosset, N.Y. - Cold Spring Harbor '08
Tyler Fiorito - Phoenix, Md. - McDonogh '08

Robert Boyle - Atlantic Highlands, N.J. - Lawrenceville '07 (Georgetown)
John Lade - Randolph, N.J. - Randolph '07 (Villanova)
Max Schmidt - Columbus, Ohio - Upper Arlington '07 (Maryland)
C.J. Costabile - New Fairfield, Conn. - New Fairfield '08
Peter Fallon - Baltimore, Md. - Gilman '07 (Brown)
Thomas Malphrus - Chevy Chase, Md. - Georgetown Prep '07 (Virginia)

Shamel Bratton - Huntington, N.Y. - Huntington '07 (Virginia)
Justin Turri - West Islip, N.Y. - West Islip '07 (Duke)
Joel White - Cortland, N.Y. - Cortland '07 (Syracuse)
Brian Shemesh - Hillsborough, N.J. - Immaculata '07 (Rutgers)
Anthony Mendes - Chapel Hill, N.C. - East Chapel Hill '07 (Maryland)
Matthew Dolente - Phoenixville, Pa. - Malvern '07 (Johns Hopkins)
James Green - Doylestown, Pa. - Central Bucks East '06 (Ohio State)
Tim Donovan - Parkton, Md. - Loyola Blakefield '07 (Johns Hopkins)
Nicholas Elsmo - Edgewater, Md. - Severn '07 (Virginia)

Craig Dowd - East Northport, N.Y. - Northport '06 (Georgetown)
Dean Gibbons - Garden City, N.Y. - Garden City '07 (Harvard)
Ryan Young - Manhasset, N.Y. - Manhasset '07 (Maryland)
Jack McBride - Madison, N.J. - Delbarton '07 (Princeton)
Matthew MacKrides - Newtown Square, Pa. - Malvern Prep '08
Steele Stanwick - Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Blakefield '08