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U.S. Men's Champion Challenge Roster Trimmed

NLL commitments reduce size; Schmidt added to team

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Ohio Machine defenseman Max Schmidt has been added to Team USA's Champion Challenge roster to help offset losses of six players for the Jan. 26-27 weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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The roster that will represent Team USA at Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, Jan. 26-27 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and play defending national men’s champion Loyola has been trimmed from 38 to 33 players, mostly due to National Lacrosse League commitments of players originally named to the U.S. team in November.

Among those unable to play, according to US Lacrosse, are four members of the Philadelphia Wings: most notably midfielder Paul Rabil, along with defensemen C.J. Costabile, Kyle Hartzell and Chad Wiedmaier. The Wings play on back-to-back days the same weekend in Buffalo and Philadelphia.

Defenseman Eric Martin (Colorado Mammoth) and midfielder Kevin Unterstein also will not play, as the Mammoth play Calgary in Denver on Jan. 25 and Unterstein has a coaching commitment that weekend with Hofstra, where he is an assistant.

Current Ohio Machine defenseman and former Maryland honorable mention All-American Max Schmidt has been added to the team, which still carries a generous amount of defenders. Schmidt played in 12 games for the Machine last season, scooping 33 ground balls while tallying four points.

The U.S. men, led by Furman coach Richie Meade, play Loyola at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 (ESPN3.com/LaxMagazine.com live blog) and face Notre Dame and Jacksonville on Jan. 26 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The U.S. women face reigning national champion Northwestern at 11 a.m. Jan. 27 (ESPN3.com/LaxMagazine.com live blog) and national runner-up Syracuse and Team England on Jan. 26.


The updated men's roster, with jersey numbers, is as follows: 

No.
First Name
Last Name
Pos.
MLL/LXM Affiliation College
1 Billy
Bitter
A
Rochester Rattlers
North Carolina
2
Matt
Danowski
A
Charlotte Hounds
Duke
3
Matt
Gibson
A
New York Lizards
Yale
4
Chazz 
Woodson
A
Ohio Machine
Brown
5
Sam 
Bradman
M
LXM Pro Tour
Salisbury
6
Steve
DeNapoli
M
Rochester Rattlers
Hofstra
7
Graham 
Gill M
LXM Pro Tour
Navy
8
Kyle
Harrison
M
LXM Pro Tour
Johns Hopkins
9
Cameron
Lao-Gosney
M
Hamilton Nationals
Lehigh
10
Roman
Lao-Gosney
M
Hamilton Nationals
Lehigh
11
Peet
Poillon
M
Charlotte Hounds
UMBC
12
Jeremy
Sieverts
M
Denver Outlaws
Maryland
15
Brian
Karalunas
D
New York Lizards
Villanova
16
John
Lade
D
Rochester Rattlers
Syracuse
17
Dillon
Roy
D
Denver Outlaws
Denver
18
Brett
Schmidt
D
Charlotte Hounds
Maryland
19
Lee
Zink
D
Denver Outlaws
Maryland
20
Jordan
Burke
G
Boston Cannons
Brown
21
John 
Galloway
G
Rochester Rattlers
Syracuse
27
Grant 
Catalino
A
New York Lizards
Maryland
28
Mike
Leveille
A
Rochester Rattlers
Syracuse
29
Kevin
Leveille
A
Rochester Rattlers
Massachusetts
30
Steele
Stanwick
A
Ohio Machine
Virginia
31
Steven 
Brooks
M
Chesapeake Bayhawks
Syracuse
32
Benson
Erwin
M
N/A
Johns Hopkins
33
Ben
Hunt
M
Chesapeake Bayhawks
North Carolina
35
Chris
Eck
FO
Boston Cannons
Colgate
36
Alex
Smith
FO
Chesapeake Bayhawks
Delaware
37
Max
Schmidt
D
Ohio Machine
Maryland
38
Ryan
Flanagan
D
Charlotte Hounds
North Carolina
40
Kevin
Ridgway
D
New York Lizards
Notre Dame
42
Scott
Rodgers
G
Hamilton Nationals
Notre Dame
47
Michael
Simon
D
Chesapeake Bayhawks
Stevenson
 

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