By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/16/10
The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA) has released its hand-picked roster for a special exhibition game against the United States National Team Friday at Lehigh University (8 p.m.).
The PLA squad features a number of Philly products as well as standouts from around the country, many of whom are still playing at the college level and others who now play at the club level.
The game is being played to help Team USA prepares for the World Championship games next month in Manchester, England. Tickets for Friday’s game can be purchased online at palacrosse.com.
The game will be held at the Banko Field at the Ulrich Sports Complex on the Lehigh campus in Bethlehem.
The PLA All Star team is being coached by John Nostrant (Haverford School). Assistants are Chris McNichol (General Manager of the Philadelphia based GMH Post Collegiate Men’s Club Lacrosse Team) and Dave Metzbower (former Associate Head Coach, Princeton University, now assistant at Haverford School). The selection of the Philly team was overseen by Chris Hupfeldt (General Manager of the 2006 US Men’s National Team).
The PLA All-Star team features Philly players Matt Mackrides (Penn State/Malvern Prep) and Kyle Wharton (Johns Hopkins/Haverford School) at attack; and John Haldy (Virginia/Haverford School), Kevin Kaminski (Strath Haven/Delaware), Chris Layne (North Carolina/Malvern Prep), Rob McCallion (Episcopal Academy/Army) and Ryan Cranston (Lynchburg grad/Henderson/GMH) at midfield.
The defense features Brett Moyer (Ridley/Hofstra/Philadelphia Wings/GMH), Mike Bronzino (Conestoga/Cornell), and Dan Honeywell (Lehigh grad/GMH). The face-off specialist is the University of Delaware’s Dan Cooney.
One of the two goalies is Mark Manos (Salesianum School/West Chester), a third-team All-American this year for Drexel.
The US team features many Philly players, including midfielder Kevin Cassese, the Lehigh head coach and former Duke standout. Others include goalie Brian Dougherty (Episcopal Academy/Maryland/GMH), defenseman Kyle Sweeney (Springfield-Delco/Georgetown/Philadelphia Wings/Boston Cannons), defenseman D.J. Driscoll (Malvern Prep/Notre Dame/ Chicago Machine), face-off specialist Alex Smith (Univ. of Delaware/Washington Bayhawks), defenseman Shawn Nadelen (Philadelphia Wings/Johns Hopkins/Towson associate coach) and attackman Drew Westervelt (UMBC/Philadelphia Wings/Denver Outlaws One of the Team USA assistants is La Sale College High assistant and former Wings great and head coach Tony Resch.
Philadelphia Lacrosse Association All-Stars
Matt Mackrides (Malvern Prep), Penn State
Jack McBride, Princeton/Delbarton
Garrett Thul, Army/Hunterdon Central
Kyle Wharton (Haverford School), Johns Hopkins
Josh Amidon, Syracuse/Lafayette
Mike Chanenchuk, Princeton/St. Anthony’s
John Haldy (Haverford School), Virginia
Chris Layne (Malvern Prep), North Carolina
Rob McCallion (Episcopal Academy), Army
Ryan Cranston (Henderson), Lynchburg/GMH
Kevin Kaminski (Strath Haven), Univ of Delaware
Kevin Crowley, Stony Brook/New Westminster, B.C.
Dan Cooney, Delaware/Basking Ridge
Dan Honeywell, Lehigh/GMH
Bray Malphrus, Virginia/Georgetown Prep
Brett Moyer (Ridley), Hofstra/GMH
Chad Weidmaier, Princeton/Delbarton
Joel White, Syracuse/Cortland
Mike Bronzino (Conestoga), Cornell
John Lade, Syracuse/Randolph, NJ
Brian Megill, Syracuse/Arthur L. Johnson, NJ
Alex Hewit Princeton/NYAC Delbarton
Mark Manos (West Chester/Salesianum School) Drexel
US National Team
2 Brendan Mundorf A Ellicott City, Md. Denver Outlaws UMBC ’06
4 Joe Cinosky D Boonton Township, N.J. Chesapeake Bayhawks Maryland ’09
5 Eric Martin D Norfolk, Va. Denver Outlaws Salisbury ’04
6 Brian Dougherty G Philadelphia, Pa. Maryland ’96
7 Kyle Sweeney D Springfield, Pa. Boston Cannons Georgetown ’03
9 Matt Striebel M Gill, Mass. Chicago Machine Princeton ’01
10 Matt Zash M Massapequa, N.Y. Long Island Lizards Duke ’06
11 Alex Smith M Timonium, Md. Chesapeake Bayhawks Delaware ’07
12 Ned Crotty M New Vernon, N.J. Machine Duke ’10
14 Ryan Boyle A Baltimore, Md. Boston Cannons Princeton ’04
20 Stephen Peyser M Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. Long Island Lizards Johns Hopkins ’08
21 Kyle Dixon M Millersville, Md. Chesapeake Bayhawks Virginia ’06
22 Ryan Powell A Carthage, N.Y. Long Island Lizards Syracuse ’00
25 Chris Schiller M Rochester, N.Y. Penn State ’99
26 Drew Westervelt A Bel Air, Md. Denver Outlaws UMBC ’07
27 Shawn Nadelen D Rochester, N.Y. Chesapeake Bayhawks Johns Hopkins ‘01
32 Kevin Cassese M Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. Boston Cannons Duke ’03
34 Ryan McClay D Mahopac, N.Y. Boston Cannons Cornell ’03
36 D.J. Driscoll D Downingtown, Pa. Chicago Machine Notre Dame ’06
42 Max Seibald M Hewlett, N.Y. Denver Outlaws Cornell ’09
44 Adam Fullerton G Liverpool, N.Y. Denver Outlaws Army ’08
91 Mike Leveille A Delmar, N.Y. Chicago Machine Syracuse ’08
99 Paul Rabil M Gaithersburg, Md. Boston Cannons Johns Hopkins ’08