Boltus, Thul, Buckley Chosen For Team USA Tryout

Garrett Thul '13

Garrett Thul '13

Aug. 8, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md. - Army lacrosse will have a sizable presence at US Lacrosse Team USA tryouts at the end of the month as former greats Jeremy Boltus '11, Garrett Thul '13 and Brendan Buckley'13 were three of 98 players across the country asked to attend the invitation-only tryout.

Team USA will defend its world title at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championship next July in Denver, Colo. Tryouts will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md.

"I'm extremely proud of all three of these guys," said Army head coach Joe Alberici. "To be invited to tryout amongst the top lacrosse players in the nation in representing Team USA is tremendous. It's a huge honor for them and the Army lacrosse family. All three of them are first class gentlemen who represent themselves, this institution and the United States Army at the highest level in anything they do."

A total of 156 players submitted tryout applications, which were considered by a selection committee including current and past U.S. Men's National Team coaches and players, as well as current college and professional coaches. U.S. team head coach Richie Meade will oversee the tryout process. Following tryouts, US Lacrosse will announce the 40-player U.S. men's national team.

Ten players return to try out from the 2010 U.S. men's national team that won gold with a 12-10 victory over Canada in Manchester, England. Notable returners include 2010 World Championship Most Valuable Player Paul Rabil, All-World performers Brendan Mundorf and Max Seibald, three-time U.S. team members Ryan Boyle and Matt Striebel, and Ned Crotty, who scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to clinch the world title for the U.S. in Manchester.

Alberici served as an assistant coach on the 2010 gold-medal team, while former Army All-American goalkeeper Adam Fullerton'08 represented the red, white and blue as a player that same season.

Boltus, Thul and Buckley each earned multiple All-America citations during their respective careers at Army. Boltus became the first Army player to earn first team All-America honors in six years and finished his career second in points and assists. Thul broke the Academy's 35-year old career goals record and tallied 163 in his four years, while Buckley garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors and the Men's Lacrosse Senior CLASS Award in his final season on the banks of the Hudson.

The tryout pool by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack
Billy Bitter, LXM PRO, North Carolina
Chris Bocklet, Denver Outlaws, Virginia
Jeremy Boltus, Denver Outlaws, Army

Ryan Boyle, Boston Cannons, Princeton*^+
Ned Crotty, Rochester Rattlers, Duke*
Kevin Cunningham, Hamilton Nationals, Villanova
Matt Danowski, Charlotte Hounds, Duke
Matt Gibson, New York Lizards, Yale
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Eric Law, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Denver Outlaws, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Jack Rice, Glenelg Golden Eagles (Aus.), Villanova
Ben Rubeor, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Virginia
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia
Garrett Thul, Hamilton Nationals, Army

Drew Westervelt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC*
Jordan Wolf, Duke #
Chazz Woodson, Ohio Machine, Brown
Ryan Young, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland

Midfield
Peter Baum, LXM PRO, Colgate
Stephen Berger, Boston Cannons, Washington College
Sam Bradman, LXM PRO, Salisbury
Steven Brooks, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
David Earl, New York Lizards, Notre Dame
Graham Gill, LXM PRO, Navy
Kyle Harrison, LXM PRO, Johns Hopkins
Pat Heim, Boston Cannons, Penn State
Ben Hunt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, North Carolina
Terry Kimener, Denver Outlaws, UMBC
Michael Kimmel, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Cameron Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals, Lehigh
Roman Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals, Lehigh
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Matt Mackrides, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Penn State
Stephen Peyser, New York Lizards, Johns Hopkins*
Peet Poillon, Charlotte Hounds, UMBC
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Casey Powell, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse^%
Mike Sawyer, Charlotte Hounds, Loyola
Tom Schreiber, Princeton #
Max Seibald, New York Lizards, Cornell*
Jeremy Sieverts, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Drew Snider, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Mike Stone, Boston Cannons, Middlebury
Matt Striebel, Rochester Rattlers, Princeton*^+

Short-Stick Defensive Midfield
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Jake Bernhardt, Ohio Machine, Maryland
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Steve DeNapoli, Rochester Rattlers, Hofstra
Benson Erwin, LXM PRO, Johns Hopkins
Chris LaPierre, Hamilton Nationals, Virginia #
Justin Pennington, Denver Outlaws, Rutgers
John Ranagan, Rochester Rattlers, Johns Hopkins
Chris Schiller, Charlotte Hounds, Penn State*
Kevin Unterstein, New York Lizards, Hofstra

Faceoff

Matt Dolente, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Brendan Fowler, Duke #
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State
Anthony Kelly, Denver Outlaws, Ohio State
Kevin Massa, Bryant #
Mike Poppleton, Hamilton Nationals, Johns Hopkins
Adam Rand, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stony Brook

Long-Stick Midfield

Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Matt Bocklet, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins
Brian Farrell, Boston Cannons, Maryland
Kyle Hartzell, Ohio Machine, Salisbury
Brian Karalunas, New York Lizards, Villanova
John LoCascio, Villanova #
Scott Ratliff, Boston Cannons, Loyola
Dillon Roy, Denver Outlaws, Denver

Defense
Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons, Cornell
Brendan Buckley, Boston Cannons, Army

Tucker Durkin, Hamilton Nationals, Johns Hopkins
Barney Ehrmann, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Georgetown
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Ryan Flanagan, Charlotte Hounds, North Carolina
Joe Fletcher, Loyola #
John Lade, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Matt Lovejoy, Hamilton Nationals, Virginia
Mike Manley, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Nicky Polanco, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Hofstra
Brett Schmidt, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland
Michael Simon, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stevenson
Kyle Sweeney, Boston Cannons, Georgetown*
Chad Wiedmaier, Ohio Machine, Princeton
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Goalie
Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons, Brown
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Adam Ghitelman, Charlotte Hounds, Virginia
Austin Kaut, Penn State #
Brett Queener, Hamilton Nationals, Albany
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins
Kip Turner, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Virginia

* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2006 U.S. men’s national team member
+ 2002 U.S. men’s national team member
% 1998 U.S. men’s national team member
# Current college player

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