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United States U-19 roster: Bridgewater-Raritan’s Barbarich (Twist Lacrosse, Delaware recruit), Pontrello (St. Augustine, NJ) make squad

Monday, 11th July 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, Posted 7/11/11
From US Lacrosse

BALTIMORE – After the four-day U.S. men’s national under-19 team tryouts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), July 7-10, US Lacrosse released the 23-man roster that will train to compete in the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Men’s World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Tyler Barbarich

The squad features recent Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) grad Tyler Barbarich, a face-off specialist/midfielder who played club lacrosse for Twist and will play this fall at the University of Delaware. Also on the roster from South Jersey is St. Augustine Prep rising senior midfielder Steven Pontrello (North Carolina).

Barbarich said he and Charles Raffa (St. Anthony’s, NY/Maryland) were enjoying the most success at the face-off X and expects to spend most of his time on the field taking face offs.

“Going into this tryout I was just real happy to get invited,” Barbarich said. “I figured it was a great experience. But then I started facing off really well and felt I had a good shot as a FOGO once we left Sunday.

“It’s going to be great to represent our country. It’s an honor.”

The US coach is Tim Flynn, head coach at Mountain Lakes, which plays Bridgewater-Raritan. This year Barbarich was named the New Jersey Midfielder of the Year and led Bridgewater-Raritan to the Group IV and Tournament of Champions titles.

“It’s great because coach Flynn is one of our rival coaches,” Barbarich said. “But it’s going to be great playing under him.”

The following 2012 U.S. men’s U19 team was chosen from the 123 tryout candidates by a player selection committee, which included 20 coaches from 15 different states as well as Flynn and assistant coaches Jack Crawford, Tom Duquette and Tom Rotanz:

Pos. – Name, High School, Hometown, College

A – Connor Buczek, St. Xavier High School ’11, Amelia, Ohio, Cornell ’15
A – Daniel Eipp, Groton Dunstable ’10, Groton, Mass., Harvard ’14
A – Matthew Kavanagh, Chaminade High School ’11, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Notre Dame ’15
A – Kyle Keenan, Smithtown West High School ’11, Smithtown, N.Y., Duke ’15
A – Joseph Leonard, Hicksville High School ’11, Hicksville, N.Y., St. John’s ’15
M – Brent Armstrong, St. Stephens and St. Agnes ’12, Falls Church, Va.
M/FO – Tyler Barbarich (Twist Lacrosse), Bridgewater-Raritan High School ’11, Martinsville, N.J., Delaware ’15
M – Matthew Florence, Kent Denver High School ’12, Greenwood Village, Colo.
M – Stephen Kelly, Calvert Hall ’13, Lutherville, Md.
M – Sean Mahon, Chaminade High School ’11, Garden City, N.Y., Harvard ’15
M – Steven Pontrello, St. Augustine Prep ’12, Marlton, N.J.
M – Charles Raffa, St. Anthony’s High School ’11, Syosset, N.Y., Maryland ’15
M – Michael Tagliaferri, San Roman Valley High School ’12, Danville, Calif.
M – Ryan Tucker, Gilman ’11, Towson, Md., Virginia ’15
M – Robert Zoppo, Calvert Hall ’10, Baltimore, Md., Towson ’14
D – Ralph D’Agostino, Immaculata High School ’11, Califon, N.J., Syracuse ’15
D – Gregory Danseglio, St. Anthony’s High School ’11, Islip Terrace, N.Y., Virginia ’15
D – Robert Enright, Massapequa High School ’11, Massapequa, N.Y., Johns Hopkins ’15
D – Luke Howard, Landon School ’11, Potomac, Md., Ohio State ’15
D – Stephen Jahelka, Garden City High School ’11, Garden City, N.Y., Harvard ’15
D – Tanner Ottenbreit, Regis Jesuit High School ’11, Aurora, Colo., Virginia ’15
G – Zachary Oliveri, Connequot High School ’11, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Massachusetts ’15
G – Kyle Turri, West Islip High School ’11, West Islip, N.Y., Duke ’15

“I think that the competitiveness and level of talent at the tryouts was a gauntlet that the players who made the team had to survive and show their absolute best,” Tim Flynn, head coach of the U.S. men’s U19 team said. “Because of that, the team assembled is one that is tough, diverse and talented.”

“The seven sessions over the four days of tryouts were absolutely inspiring,” Nathaniel Badder, US Lacrosse Director of National Teams said. “We brought in a truly national pool of players, coaches, and evaluators, and the competition on the field was off the charts. And, through a fair and efficient process, picked a team that we believe is capable of defending the gold medal at the 2012 FIL U19 World Championship in Finland next summer.”

The team boasts one of the most geographically diverse rosters in U.S. men’s national team history, with players from eight states, including two from Colorado and one from California.

Two players have direct ties to the U.S. national team program. Midfielder Ryan Tucker’s father, John, was a three-time world champion (1986, 1990 and 1994) on the U.S. men’s senior team and also served as an assistant coach for the 2003 U.S U19 team that won a gold medal. Goalie Kyle Turri’s older brother, Justin, was a member of the 2008 U.S. U19 team that won the world championship.

Twenty-one officials also participated in the tryouts to earn a spot to officiate in the world championship. Selected to work at the world championship were:

Peter Buchanan (Centreville, Va.)
Chris Clark (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Mike Hyland (Huntingtown, Md.)

Five alternates were also named. In order, they are:

Charles Baber (Westminster, Md.)
Tim McCaffrey (Amherst, N.H.)
Jason Yates (Henderson, Nev.)
James Reilly (Dover, N.H.)
Pete Weaver (Southbury, Conn.)


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