July 2, 2014

Getting to Know Team USA's 23-Man Roster

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports | Twitter | WorldLacrosse2014

After a grueling tryout process that began late last summer and continued through cuts to 52, then 30, the 23 men (and two alternates) who will represent the United States at the FIL World Championship have been selected. While there are plenty of familiar faces among the world's best, it never hurts to have a little memory refresh.

Attack

1 - Marcus Holman

Pro team: Ohio Machine
College: North Carolina '13
High school: Gilman (Md.)
Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 185 pounds
Age: 23
Twitter: @MarcusHolman1
Day job: Assistant coach, Durham Academy; Breschi Lacrosse, college lacrosse broadcasting

"I grew up three miles from Homewood Field, so I vividly remember watching Adam Doneger and loving his game and then Kyle Harrison and eventually Paul Rabil," Holman said. "While I didn't see them live as much, the Powell brothers all had a big impact on my career as well, specifically Mikey."

 

2 - Brendan Mundorf

Pro team: Chesapeake Bayhawks
College: UMBC '06
High school: Mount Saint Joseph (Md.)
Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds
Age: 29
Twitter: @BMuney2
Day job: Operations manager, M&M Sediment Control and Excavating Inc.; Owner and operator, Bitmore Lacrosse Club

"Over the past year and a half, I have had three major surgeries," Mundorf said. "Rehabbing and continuing to train during this time has been the toughest obstacle I have ever faced."

 

9 - Garrett Thul

Pro team: Florida Launch
College: Army '13
High school: Hunterdon (N.J.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 240 pounds
Age: 24
Twitter: @gtlax09
Day job: Officer, U.S. Army; Athletic intern, Army Lacrosse

"My parents always text me on game day," Thul said. "It's just not the same if I don't get a couple good luck texts from them."

 

 

19 - Kevin Leveille

Pro team: Rochester Rattlers
College: Massachusetts '03
High school: Albany Academy (N.Y.)
Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 190 pounds
Age: 32
Twitter: @Kevin_Leveille
Day job: Sales representative, Warrior Sports

"One thing I wish I knew earlier as a player is how much time and space you really have on the field," Leveille said. "Things happen quickly but there's usually a little more time than you think. I suppose it comes with experience, but it makes a huge difference."

 

22 - Ned Crotty

Pro team: New York Lizards
College: Duke '10
High school: Delbarton (N.J.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Age: 27
Twitter: @Crottykid22
Day job: Executive director of lacrosse, House of Sports in Westchester, N.Y.

"I was a freshman on the Duke lacrosse team in 2006," Crotty said when asked the biggest obstacle he's overcome in his playing career. "Our season was canceled and we were not sure if the lacrosse program would continue at Duke. We were back on the field in 2007 and eventually brought the first national championship to Duke in 2010."

 

32 - Rob Pannell

Pro team: New York Lizards
College: Cornell '13
High school: Smithtown West (N.Y.)
Height/weight: 5-foot-9, 195 pounds
Age: 24
Twitter: @RobPannell3
Day job: Professional lacrosse player

"Never be satisfied," he advises young players looking to follow the same path he did. "Always evaluate yourself and be honest. Look at the areas not at which you excel at, but the one that you need to work on... Be consistent in your work ethic and your approach to being the best. These all both go for being a student in the classroom and a player on the field. You need both in order to play at that next level."

Midfield

18 - Kyle Harrison

Pro teams: Ohio Machine/LXM Pro Tour
College: Johns Hopkins '05
High school: Friends (Md.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Age: 31
Twitter: @KyleHarrison18
Day job: Lacrosse entrepreneur

"The second you start thinking' I have to do this to stand out', is when you're going to be in trouble," says Harrison. "You have to go out, listen to what the coaches would like to see and make sure you understand the schemes and then execute the game plan. Whatever happens, happens after that."

 

27 - Kevin Buchanan

Pro team: Boston Cannons
College: Ohio State '08
High school: Calvert Hall (Md.)
Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 185 pounds
Age: 28
Twitter: @KBuch27
Day job: Medical sales rep, Beckman Coulter

"Not being the biggest, fastest, strongest kid was an obstacle to overcome." Buchanan said. "My freshman year of high school I played on the Calvert Hall freshman team. I actually played on that team with USA teammate Jeff Reynolds. Not being part of the JV team was tough to swallow. But we had a fantastic coach, Michael Thomas. It was about persevering, having the drive and will to get better. I wanted to maximize my potential. Hard work and passion has brought me to this point today."

 

31 - David Lawson

Pro team: Rochester Rattlers
College: Duke '13
High school: Middlesex (Mass.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Age: 24
Twitter: @DaveLawson2
Day job: Analyst, business development; Audax

"Until I started lacrosse in seventh grade, I was so focused on other sports. So it wasn't until my sophomore year of high school that I even realized I could play lacrosse in college," Lawson said. "While it was always a sport I loved and wanted to pursue, I didn't know how realistic Division I really was. And until my senior year at Duke, I never considered myself that caliber of a player. Not until after my senior year that ended in a national championship did I ever consider trying out for Team USA. That being said, after going through the tryout process, the opportunity to represent the United States in Denver is something I have never been so sure about. It would be a dream come true, maybe not for the 10-year-old me, but for the 24-year-old me."

 

42 - Max Seibald

Pro team: New York Lizards
College: Cornell '09
High school: Hewlett (N.Y.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 215 pounds
Age: 26
Twitter: @MaxSeibald42
Day job: Owner, Maximum Lacrosse Camps; Operator, LC New York club program

"In 1994 I went to Camp Starlight in northeast Pennsylvania over the summer, where I started playing the game," Seibald said. "I picked up the stick as part of a required period, but ended up quickly becoming obsessed with it.

 

99 - Paul Rabil

Pro team: Boston Cannons
College: Johns Hopkins '08
High school: DeMatha (Md.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
Age: 28
Twitter: @PaulRabil
Day job: Pro lacrosse player, entrepreneur

"It means everything," says Rabil when asked what playing for Team USA means to him. "To have the opportunity to play at the highest level against the best in the world, while remembering that every move we make represents our friends, family and soldiers at home. We play for our country."

 

Defensive Midfield

3 - Matt Abbott

Pro team: Chesapeake Bayhawks
College: Syracuse '09
High school: Nottingham (N.Y.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Age: 27
Twitter: @Matt3Abbott
Day job: Investment advisor, Armory Capital Management, Syracuse, N.Y.; Colgate men's lacrosse volunteer assistant

"You could say that I was pretty much born with a lacrosse stick," Abbott said. "Both my father, Tom, and grandfather, Larry, played lacrosse at Syracuse; my father from 1975-1978 and grandfather from 1951-1952. My older brother Mike actually had a lacrosse stick waiting for him in his crib at home when he was born. My dad has been a college lacrosse official for over 30 years, so ever since I can remember I would go to games with him and ball boy or play catch at the tailgates. As far as organized lacrosse goes, I started playing in the FM Youth Lacrosse League when I was about five years old."

 

4 - Dan Burns

Pro team: Chesapeake Bayhawks
College: Maryland '11
High school: Severna Park (Md.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Age: 26
Twitter: @dburnsy
Day job: Medical device sales representative, Biomet

"Most people don't know that I was a college walk-on," Burns said. "I got into Maryland on my own academically during the winter session of school and lived on the couch of Jake Baxter, a Severna Park (Md.) alum, for a month as I participated in winter workouts. With recruiting and college commitments occurring earlier and earlier I feel like a lot of high school late bloomers are discouraged from attempting to walk on a college team. I hope that my story helps a couple of high school students attempt to walk on a college team that normally would not consider it."

 

Face-Off

24 - Chris Eck

Pro team: Boston Cannons
College: Colgate '08
High school: Fairfield (Conn.)
Height/weight: 6-foot, 215 pounds
Age: 29
Twitter: @ChrisEck24
Day job: MBA student, Duke Fuqua School of Business (will start at Google in September); Owner, Eck's Factor Lacrosse

"You get to represent your country in the sport that you love, with the best players on the planet," Eck said. "Anytime you have those letters on your chest it has a special feeling."

 

98 - Greg Gurenlian

Pro Team: New York Lizards
College: Penn State '06
High School: Springfield (Delco), PA
Height/weight: 6'1 220
Age: 30
Twitter: @GregBeast32
Day job: founder, Face-Off Academy; Founder/Head Strength coach of Brawlic Strength LLC.

"Deciding to step away from my dream (withdrawing from the Team USA process in January) was the single hardest decision I've ever made," he said. "My wife listened to me agonize over it every day for months. I remember being in tears on my way to the airport."

"Getting a second chance to me means that I was meant to be here. All of the years of hard work, obsessing over being the best, playing through the agonizing pain will be worth it. Finally, something has gone my way. I won't waste this chance. I'll kill myself out there, I'll go hard until there's nothing left to give for this team. My goal has never been to be on team USA. My dream is to win my country a Gold Medal."

 

Defense

21 - Mitch Belisle

Pro team: Boston Cannons
College: Cornell '07
High school: Severna Park (Md.)
Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 195 pounds
Age: 28
Twitter: @MBelisle85
Day job: Partner, Trilogy Lacrosse

"The biggest obstacle in my playing career was also my biggest opportunity," Belisle said. "I was recruited to Cornell as an offensive midfielder and had never known much about defense. Freshmen year I was moved to d-middie, then eventually close defense. Learning a new position in college was a huge task because everyone was so far ahead of me, but also a blessing because I didn't have bad habits to begin with. I also got my education in defense from one of the best coaches in Ben DeLuca.

 

36 - Jesse Bernhardt

Pro team: Chesapeake Bayhawks
College: Maryland '13
High school: Lake Brantley (Fla.)
Height/weight: 6-foot, 195 pounds
Age: 24
Twitter: @JessBernhardt36
Day job: Volunteer assistant coach, Maryland men's lacrosse

"It is such an honor to be involved in even the tryout process and now to be part of the team is incredible," Bernhardt said. "To represent our country and the people who are a part of it is amazing."

 

51 - Tucker Durkin

Pro team: Florida Launch
College: Johns Hopkins '13
High school: LaSalle (Pa.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 210 pounds
Age: 23
Twitter: @tdurkin51
Day job: Corporate security intelligence analyst, Exelon

"I was a guy who wasn't recruited very heavily in the early stages of the recruiting process in high school," Durkin said. "I was confident in myself and my abilities and just kept working and eventually ended up at my dream school, Johns Hopkins."

 

33 Michael Evans

Pro team: Chesapeake Bayhawks
College: Johns Hopkins '09
High school: South River (Md.)
Height/weight: 6-foot, 220 pounds
Age: 26
Twitter: @MichaelEvans33
Day job: Equities trader, Bank of Montreal

"I always speak to both my parents before each game," Evans said. "It's something I have done since I was a kid in every sport I have played. Each of my parents gave me a different perspective and mindset, creating a great pregame balance."

 

81 - Kyle Hartzell

Pro team: New York Lizards
College: Salisbury '07
High school: Archbishop Curley (Md.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds
Age: 28
Twitter: @Khartzell81
Day job: Owner, Rogue Lacrosse; Head coach, program director Plano West (Texas) High

"Winning a championship on every level college — NCAA and NJCAA — and pro — NLL and MLL — is a great achievement, but making Team USA is up there with all those championships," Hartzell said.

 

29 - Lee Zink

Pro team: Denver Outlaws
College: Maryland '04
High school: Darien (Conn.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 195 pounds
Age: 32
Twitter: @lzn29
Day job: Landman, Baytex Energy USA Ltd.

"I'm the only sibling that doesn't have an NCAA championship," Zink said. "My older brother, Eric, has three with Middlebury in hockey and twin brother, Alex, has two with Syracuse in lacrosse."

 

Goalkeepers

14 - Drew Adams

Pro team: New York Lizards
College: Penn State '09
High school: Springfield (Pa.)
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds
Age: 27
Twitter: @Drew_Adams14
Day job: Marketing, Maverik Lacrosse

"[Playing for Team USA] means reaching the highest level of competition in lacrosse," Adams said. "Representing the United States is an amazing opportunity that many never have the chance to do."

 

91 - Jesse Schwartzman

Pro team: Denver Outlaws
College: Johns Hopkins '07
High school: Pikesville (Md.)
Height/weight: 6-foot, 220 pounds
Age: 28
Twitter: @schwarty19
Day job: Sales representative, Allen Medical

"Some players that I look up to are Brian Carcaterra and Brian Dougherty," Schwartzman says. "Although different in size, these two were amazing competitors, exciting and charismatic players, and unbelievable goalies."

 

There are still opportunities to see the best in the world battle for gold at the FIL World Championships in Commerce City, Colorado, which run from July 10th-19th at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. Tickets are available for the full event, single days or other combinations depending on your needs. Visit ticket central on the 2014 World Lacrosse website for more details.


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