The ILF (International Lacrosse Federation) will hold the Men’s Lacrosse World Championships from July 10-24th, 2010 in the English City of Manchester and countries across the world are putting their best through the tryout paces.
At this point, the US contingent has been narrowed down to 84 players and the final selections will take place after a series of intra squad games are played on the Campus of newly minted Division 1 NCAA program, Bryant University, which is located in Smithfield, RI. The final tryouts will take place from June 7th until June 10th and the full schedule of games as well as the full tryout lists can be found here on the USLacrosse website.
Obviously the games themselves will play a huge roll in who gets selected but there is no way that the
My lock picks for the USA National Team:
Ryan Powell – no MLL this summer for the Rhino but he’s got a lot of club lax to play and as an example I am SURE he will go to Vail and rip it up. Neither Mikey nor Casey are playing in the MLL and only Ryan is invited to this tryout and I just can’t imagine a US team without a Powell on it. LOCK it up.
Ryan Boyle – MLL and NLL star. Can quarterback and offense and score himself. He’s a constant threat to take it to the hopper or dish it out and make you pay. Great COD on this kid and he has a motor that just keeps running. put him in a LOCK box.
Matt Danowski – silky smooth finisher and feeder. Kid has a fantastic lacrosse knowledge that comes from his father [the current Duke coach], unbelievable athleticism and hands as good as a Native American. He can do it all and will impress everyone on the biggest stage, especially when he is the 2nd or 3rd or even 4th biggest threat on the field. GoldiLOCKs.
Paul Rabil – you can’t teach size, speed and athleticism. Strength Coach Umberger might disagree with me here but I’m not saying you can’t work on it… I’m just saying certain guys are born with it and THEN work on it and Rabil is one of those guys. He will present matchup problems for EVERY other country out there with his size, speed, swim moves, physical play and CANNON of a shot on the run. He will have games where he will drop 5 or 6 goals as a middie and that is rare when playing against the best. LOCK your block off.
John Gagliardi – it is hard to imagine a US team without Gags on it. He provides excellent leadership, has a TON of experience and still plays against the best in the MLL every week and excels while doing so. liggity-liggity-LOCK.
Brian Dougherty – Doc is old and old school but that doesn’t keep him from getting the job done. When he is on, Doc is one of the best keepers EVER… on an off day he’s more like just All-World. Doc is passionate and the thought of donning the red, white and blue will bring out the best in the old man. LOCK it up, throw away the key.
Attackmen who have a good shot: Alrich stars indoor and out and can straight up shoot the rock. Corp is young but can play Mid too so he gives you some much-needed flexibility. Goldberg has a lot of hype surrounding him as one of the next big “playas” on the MLL scene. Both Leveille brothers from Cuse could make the team with ease as they are very much like Boyle in that they can do it all. Mundorf is trying out for the US team even though he played for the Australian National team 3 years ago. Although he is a GREAT player, I think this is a mistake as he was a lock to play for the Aussies but he is a stellar player and has a good shot if he can prove his scoring ability during tryouts. Smith snuck in there as a former Div 3 player from Salisbury but the guy can do it all and puts the bread in the basket plain and simple. Walters has played on the US team before and has a good shot but in my humble opinion he is a little one-dimensional and is more of a liability than asset. Woodson is a freak athlete but I don’t know if his game will suit the slow down pace of International lax. Yeatman is a bit of a surprise to even make the list but he has size and his back in style of dodging could work well with the International stick dimension rules and the lack of big time D men in other countries.
Middies who might make the cut: I really like Stephen Berger as a middie. He is only 5’11″ and 175 lbs
Defensemen who have a shot: I like Cook and Curtis because they are old school, hard nosed team players but the team may be looking for some youth so these guys are on the bubble with young guns like Ehrmann stepping in. Defense relies on experience though so we might see an older D… one never can tell! McClay will compete as will Passavia. Both of these guys can be dominant when they are on. Reid and Spallina are both intimdating, aggressive defenders who lay the wood. Expect AT LEAST one of them to make the squad as a constant enforcer. I like PT Ricci’s chances as he has a phenomenal stick and pushes the rock downfield with the best of them. McDevitt, McKee, Nadelen, O’Hara, Driscoll, Clausen, Bocklet and Cinosky will all have some tough competition on their hands as they would have to best each other AND guys like Zink, McElduff and Hulme who can all dominate on good days.
The keepers who could make it are as follows: Fullerton is great and young. He played at Army so, along with save machine Jarboe who played at Navy, the chance to represent your country AGAIN might prove to be a huge motivating factor. Turner, Garrity and Scherr have a good chance as well as all of these guys can shut the lights off when they are really on.