Yale Star Has Opportunity to Play in 2018 Worlds
SPARKS, Md. — Seventy-two players have been invited by US Lacrosse to try out for the 2018 U.S. National Team that will compete at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Israel a year from now. Only three selected are college underclassmen, and one of them is Yale captain Ben Reeves, a two-time Tewaaraton finalist and first-team All-American.
The other underclassmen are Connor Kelly of Maryland and Denver's Trevor Baptiste. Most of the invitees are from Major League Lacrosse, including attackman Matt Gibson, a 2012 Yale graduate.
The tryouts will be held July 10-12 at the new U.S. national teams training center at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.
"Initially, a group of 60 players were identified and selected from a large application pool," said Kevin Ankrom, director of high performance for US Lacrosse. "After the completion of the 2017 college season, there was an opportunity to identify some additional collegiate athletes to invite to our player pool. I believe that we have added a number of outstanding players to our pool to give them a look and experience of a U.S. team tryout. This opportunity also gives us a mechanism to establish and identify our high performance athlete pathway, which will tie into our high performance strategy for the national team program moving forward."
Following the initial round of tryouts, U.S. head coach John Danowski and his staff will follow up with additional tryouts and training weekends at US Lacrosse on the weekends of Sept. 1-4 and Oct. 6-9 in preparation for next summer's July 12-21 world championship at Netanya, Israel.
Since 1967, the U.S. has won gold or silver medal at every men's international world championship in lacrosse. The U.S. won gold in 1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. The U.S. finished as the runner-up to Canada in 1978, 2006 and 2014.
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