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Philly grads named to play for US Men’s team in annual Champions Challenge on Jan. 17-18

Saturday, 10th January 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, Posted 1/10/15
From US Lacrosse

A number of Philly players will compete next weekend for the US Men’s National Team at the 10th annual Champions Challenge, Jan. 17-18 at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla. A total of 40 of the nation’s best men’s players will take the field in a Blue-White exhibition, Saturday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.US-lacrosse11

Among the rosters are 13 returnees from the 2014 U.S. men’s team, which claimed the silver medal at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Denver, including All-World attacker Rob Pannell, All-World midfielders David Lawson and Paul Rabil, and All-World defender Tucker Durkin.

The Blue-White rosters, with position, professional and college affiliations, and Team USA experience noted:

Team USA White

Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco, Penn State), G, New York Lizards, Penn State *
Peter Baum, M, Ohio Machine, Colgate
Dan Burns, M, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland *
Ned Crotty, M, New York Lizards, Duke *^
Brian Farrell, D, Ohio Machine, Maryland
Brendan Fowler, FO, Charlotte Hounds, Duke
Ben Hunt, M, Chesapeake Bayhawks, North Carolina
Adam Ghitelman, G, Charlotte Hounds, Virginia
Anthony Kelly, FO, Denver Outlaws, Ohio State
David Lawson, M, Rochester Rattlers, Duke *
Matt Mackrides (Malvern Prep), M, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Penn State
Will Manny, A, Boston Cannons, Massachusetts
Casey Powell, A, Florida Launch, Syracuse +%
Jeff Reynolds, M, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Brett Schmidt (Upper Dublin), D, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland
Max Schmidt, D, Ohio Machine, Maryland
Max Seibald, M, Boston Cannons, Cornell *^
Steele Stanwick, A, Ohio Machine, Virginia
Michael Simon, D, Denver Outlaws, Stevenson
Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion), A, Rochester Rattlers, Duke

Team USA Blue
Matt Abbott, M, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse *
CJ Costabile, FO/LSM, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Duke
Kevin Drew, M, Charlotte Hounds, Syracuse
Tucker Durkin (La Salle), D, Florida Launch, Johns Hopkins *
Greg Gurenlian (Springfield-Delco), FO, New York Lizards, Penn State *

Kyle Hartzell, D, New York Lizards, Salisbury *
Marcus Holman, A, Ohio Machine, North Carolina *
John LoCascio, D, Rochester Rattlers, Villanova
JoJo Marasco, M, New York Lizards, Syracuse
Kieran McArdle, A, Florida Launch, St. John’s
Brett Queener, G, Florida Launch, Albany
Rob Pannell, A, New York Lizards, Cornell *
Paul Rabil, M, New York Lizards, Johns Hopkins *^
John Ranagan, M, Rochester Rattlers, Johns Hopkins
Tom Schreiber, M, Ohio Machine, Princeton
Jesse Schwartzman, G, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins *
Jeremy Sieverts, M, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Drew Snider, M, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Chad Wiedmaier, D, Ohio Machine, Princeton
Ryan Young, A, Boston Cannons, Maryland

* 2014 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
+ 2006 U.S. men’s national team member

% 1998 U.S. men’s national team member

The teams will be coached by Kevin Cassese, head coach at Lehigh University, assistant coach of the 2014 U.S. men’s team, and three-time U.S. team midfielder, as well as two-time U.S. world champion goalie Brian Dougherty.

Admission for the event, hosted by US Lacrosse and the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau is just $10 for adults and $5 for children with a student ID or team gear. There is no parking fee.

Clinics are also available for boys’ players in grades 3-12 on Saturday, Jan.17, from 9-11 a.m. Youth and high school players will have the opportunity to learn from members of the nine-time world champion Team USA.


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