Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/7/11
Seventeen players with Philly ties will try out today through Sunday for the U.S. men’s national under-19 team that will travel to Turku, Finland, in 2012 for the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships.
The tryouts will take place at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville, Md.
The 122-player tryout pool consists of top student-athletes from both the high school and collegiate levels. The final 23-man roster will be announced on July 15.
The Philly contingent consists of three players that just completed their freshman years in college: Penn State attackman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East, Lehigh defenseman Ty Souders (Emmaus) and Villanova defenseman Chris Piccirilli.
The group includes five members of Haverford School’s undefeated national champion squad, led by recent grads Conor Kelly (goalie, headed to Notre Dame), Hup Hupfeldt (attackman, Penn), Brendan McGrath (midfielder, Princeton) and Matt Walters (midfielder, Syracuse) and rising senior Will McNamara (midfielder/LSM, Virginia).
Also selected were three players from La Salle, rising juniors Matt Rambo (attackman) and Sean Coleman (midfielder) and recent grad and attackman Kevin Forster (Maryland). Two Conestoga rising seniors made the list – defenseman Jamie Ikeda (Duke) and attackman Bradlee Lord (Maryland) – as well as two recent grads from Germantown Academy, defenseman Bobby Tait (Syracuse) and attackman Beau Jones (Delaware).
Also picked were recent Salesianum School (DE) grad Ryan Kilpatrick (defenseman, North Carolina), recent Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) alum Tyler Barbarich (Twist Lacrosse, midfielder, Univ. of Delaware), and Norfolk Academy rising senior defenseman David Best (committed to Penn).
Tim Flynn (Mountain Lakes High School, N.J.) is the head coach and assistant coaches include Jack Crawford (Loyola Blakefield, Md.), Tom Duquette (Norfolk Academy, Va.) and Tom Rotanz (Shoreham-Wading River High School, N.Y.).
This year, US Lacrosse received 273 high school and college applicants from 32 states for Team USA tryouts.
“We have assembled an excellent group of talented, strong players,” said Flynn. “It is a deep and versatile pool that will make the tryouts very competitive, and enable us to assemble an outstanding team to contend for the seventh straight world championship title for the United States.”