Last weekend, in Simbury, CT, 30 Team USA hopefuls congregated for a weekend of grueling box lacrosse workouts to whittle down the list to a final 23-man roster, and prepare, for the WILC 2015!
Two names that are featured on the list below should be no surprise to anyone, but it’s worth noting they were left off of the original list of 31. Casey
Of course, there couldn’t be a better guy to fit the roster than Garrett Thul. Although this will be his first time with Team USA for box, he competed in Denver with the 2014 field team and should be well known for his service as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He also just finished up Ranger School, so it’s been a good Summer! This guy IS Team USA. Did I forget to mention he was on the 2014 NLL All-Rookie Team? I did? Well, now you know he’s good at box too!
There weren’t any big names cut from the list, although arguments could be made for some of the guys who got cut. In the end, only guys a couple guys with no real NLL experience fell by the wayside. The Americans should be excited to hit the floor in Syracuse next month with such a solid core of individuals.
Another highly notable name on the list is Blaze Riorden, current goalie for the Albany Great Danes of the NCAA. Blaze will be suiting up as a forward for Team USA. He’s the only college kid on the list, but is by no means lacking box experience as he just led the Akwesasne Indians to the 2015 Founders Cup!
Goaltending is likely to be the biggest weakness for the US, but with the monsters on defense clogging the lanes, I think they’ll manage just fine. Plus, Jake Henhawk has plenty of experience in FIL events. It’s cool to see guys like Drew Snider make the list. Although he has no box experience, Drew just made the All-MLL this past summer and is business partners with American box lacrosse staple Chris O’Dougherty, leading me to believe a few 1-on-1 sessions with OD along with his athleticism and accuracy is going to be huge for the offense.
US Lacrosse 23-Man Roster
|27||Kevin Buchanan *||New England Black Wolves|
|10||Marcus Holman||Georgia Swarm|
||Colorado Mammoth (2014)|
|90||Jeff Ratcliffe||New York Titans (2008)|
|7||Joe Resetarits||Rochester Knighthawks|
|25||Blaze Riorden||University at Albany (NCAA)|
|9||Garrett Thul||Philadelphia Wings (2014)|
|1||Joe Walters||Rochester Knighthawks|
|14||Drew Westervelt *||Colorado Mammoth|
|8||Greg Downing *||Colorado Mammoth|
|6||CJ Costabile||Philadelphia Wings (2014)|
|20||Ryan Hotaling||New England Black Wolves|
|13||Brett Manney||New England Black Wolves|
|84||Brian Megill||New England Black Wolves|
|4||Chris O’Dougherty||Vancouver Stealth|
|21||Jeff Reynolds||Philadelphia Wings (2013)|
|18||Joe Smith *||Philadelphia Wings (2012)|
|11||Joel White||Georgia Swarm|
|37||Chris Collins||New England Black Wolves (Coach)|
|33||Jake Henhawk *^|
* 2011 U.S. indoor team
^ 2007 U.S. indoor team
Training camp weekend in Simsbury was topped of with a scrimmage versus the Sr. B Vermont Voyageurs. While in Connecticut, Connor caught up with Team USA Head Coach, Tony Resch about how things are looking for next month’s WILC!
Who are you stoked to see hit the floor wearing the Red, White & Blue next month? Sound off in the comments below!