By Rachel Villari | 1/24/14 12:59 PM
US Lacrosse hosts the ninth annual Champion Challenge this weekend, January 24-26, showcasing current NCAA champions, the U.S. Women’s National Team, and the prospective U.S. Men’s National Team. This is the last contest before head coach Richie Meade will announce the final roster for the Men’s Team USA, who will then go on to compete in the MLL All-Star Game in Boston, Mass., Thursday, June 26, and ultimately represent the United States at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colo., July 10-19.
This weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 49 players will suit up for a highly anticipated intra-squad scrimmage to help Coach Meade in the roster selection process. As opposed to matching such a large squad against a dominant NCAA team, the prospective U.S. Men’s Team will be split into a Team USA Blue squad and a Team USA White squad, and meet to battle for the National Team roster’s 23 spots on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
47 out of the 49 players dressing are members of the MLL, not including New York Lizards’ draftee Joe Fletcher of Loyola University. New York and Chesapeake are the two most represented teams, both sending 10 players. Returning Lizards midfielders Ned Crotty, Max Seibald, and Matt Streibel all played in the victorious 2010 World Championship and Streibel is even fighting for his fourth trip on the final roster, having played not only in the 2010 games, but also in 2006 and 2002.
The reigning MLL Champion Bayhawks are sending returning World Champs attackman Drew Westervelt and midfielder Stephen Peyser as well as goalie Kip Turner among others.
All MLL teams will be present at the weekend tournament, including Boston Cannons’ LSM Kyle Sweeney, who has had two World Championship tours (2010, 2006) and midfielder Paul Rabil (2010), attackmen Garrett Thul (Florida), Ryan Young (Charlotte) and Steele Stanwick (Ohio) as well as Rochester goalkeeper John Galloway.
Current Cascade Rookie of the Year Rob Pannell (New York) tops an impressive list of 2013 rookies who will also vie for a spot on the 23-man roster. That list includes Eric Law (Denver), Dave Lawson (Boston), JoJo Marasco (New York) and Tucker Drukin (Florida)
Also at the games will be New York Lizards’ Devon Wills, tending goal for the U.S. Women’s National Team, set to play the University of Maryland Saturday at 5 p.m., and then the University of North Carolina the following morning at 11 a.m.
Sunday’s Men’s and Women’s games will be aired live on ESPN3.com and the men’s game will re-air that same night at 10 p.m. on ESPN U.
The full Blue and White rosters can be found below.
|Team USA Blue|
|1||Ned Crotty*||A/M||New York Lizards||Duke|
|2||Eric Law||A||Denver Outlaws/Toronto Rock||Denver|
|3||Ryan Young||A||Charlotte Hounds||Maryland|
|4||Kevin Buchanan||M||Boston Cannons||Ohio State|
|5||Matt Mackrides||M||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Penn State|
|6||Mitch Belisle||D||Boston Cannons||Cornell|
|7||Brendan Buckley||D||New York Lizards||Army|
|8||Dan Burns||SSDM||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Maryland|
|9||Kevin Drew||SSDM||Charlotte Hounds||Syracuse|
|10||Brian Karalunas||D||New York Lizards||Villanova|
|11||Chris Schiller*||SSDM||Charlotte Hounds||Penn State|
|12||Lee Zink||D||Denver Outlaws||Maryland|
|13||Drew Adams||GK||New York Lizards||Penn State|
|30||Matt Danowski||A||Charlotte Hounds||Duke|
|31||Drew Westervelt*||A||Chesapeake Bayhawks||UMBC|
|32||Steven Brooks||M||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Syracuse|
|33||Kyle Harrison*||M||LXM PRO||Johns Hopkins|
|34||Ben Hunt||M||Chesapeake Bayhawks||North Caroline|
|35||Max Seibald*||M||New York Lizards||Cornell|
|36||Tucker Durkin||D||Florida Launch||Johns Hopkins|
|37||Kevin Unterstein||SSDM||New York Lizards||Hofstra|
|39||Mike Poppleton||FO||Florida Launch||Johns Hopkins|
|40||Jesse Schwartzman||GK||Denver Outlaws||Johns Hopkins|
|Team USA White|
|3||Marcus Holman||A||Ohio Machine||North Carolina|
|4||Kevin Leveille||A||Rochester Rattlers||Massachusetts|
|5||Rob Pannell||A||New York Lizards||Cornell|
|6||JoJo Marasco||M||New York Lizards||Syracuse|
|7||Jeremy Sieverts||M||Denver Outlaws||Maryland|
|8||Drew Snider||M||Denver Outlaws||Maryland|
|9||Matt Striebel*^~||M||New York Lizards||Princeton|
|10||Jeff Reynolds||SSDM||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Maryland|
|11||Brett Schmidt||D||Charlotte Hounds||Maryland|
|12||Kyle Sweeny*^||LSM||Boston Cannons||Georgetown|
|30||Steele Stanwick||A||Ohio Machine||Virginia|
|31||Garrett Thul||A||Florida Launch||Army|
|32||David Lawson||M||Rochester Rattlers||Duke|
|33||Paul Rabil*||M||Boston Cannons||Johns Hopkins|
|34||Matt Abbott||SSDM||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Syracuse|
|35||Michael Evans||D||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Johns Hopkins|
|36||Brian Farell||LSM||New York Lizards||Salisbury|
|37||Joe Fletcher||D||Loyola University Maryland|
|38||Kyle Hartzell||LSM||New York Lizards||Salisbury|
|39||Stephen Peyser||SSDM||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Johns Hopkins|
|40||Chris Eck||FO||Boston Cannons||Colgate|
|41||John Galloway||GK||Rochester Rattlers||Syracuse|
|42||Kip Turner||GK||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Virginia|
|47||Anthony Kelly||FO||Denver Outlaws||Ohio State|
|Injured and Unable to Participate|
|Greg Burenlian||FO||New York Lizards||Penn State|
|Brendan Mundorf*||A||Chesapeake Bayhawks||UMBC|
|Jesse Bernhardt||D||Chesapeake Bayhawks||Maryland|
|* Member of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team|
|^ Member of the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team|
|~ Member of the 2004 U.S. Men's National Team|