GARRET THUL NAMED TO UNITED STATES MEN’S NATIONAL LACROSSE TEAM
Philadelphia Wings player Garret Thul has been named by U.S. Lacrosse to the U.S. Men’s National Lacrosse Team following a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned 11 months. The 23-man U.S. Men’s National Team will play at the FIL World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, Thursday, July 10 through Saturday, July 19 in Commerce City, Colorado.
The local New Jersey native and Army graduate completed his first season with the Philadelphia Wings during the 2014 season, scoring 21 goals and 12 assists.
The U.S. National team was selected from a 31-player roster that attended training camp last week in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and competed in Thursday’s MLL All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.
Four players return from the gold medal-winning 2010 FIL World Championship squad that defeated Canada 12-10 in Manchester, England, to earn the United States’ ninth world title. Returners include attackmen Ned Crotty and Brendan Mundorf (All-World) as well as midfielders Paul Rabil (MVP and All-World) and Max Seibald (All-World).
Team USA will next head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado., for a final training camp Sunday, July 6 through Wednesday, July 9 before beginning its world title defense in Denver on Thursday, July 10.
“These men were selected from a group of 52 that participated in Orlando and 31 that participated this past week, so we feel this is a very solid team that will represent our country well in Denver,” said Team USA head coach Richie Meade. “Several of the men who have been part of this process distinguished themselves, but weren’t chosen for this team. We’re very humbled to represent our country and endeavor to do so to the best of our collective ability.”
The 23-man roster by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:
Ned Crotty, New York Lizards, Duke*
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Garrett Thul, Florida Launch/Philadelphia Wings, Army
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Kyle Harrison, Ohio Machine, Johns Hopkins^
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Max Seibald, New York Lizards/Philadelphia Wings, Cornell*
Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons, Cornell
Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Tucker Durkin, Florida Launch, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Kyle Hartzell, New York Lizards, Salisbury
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State
* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2006 U.S. men’s national team member
Two alternates were selected to travel with the team to Colorado Springs and Denver, and will be added to the active roster only in the instance of injury. Per FIL policy, no changes to the active roster may be made after Wednesday, July 9.
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia