Thul, Buckley Make Initial Team USA Cut

Garrett Thul

Garrett Thul

Sep 3, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md. - As some of the top lacrosse talent in the country descended upon Baltimore, Md., for the U.S. Men's National Team tryout last weekend, recent Army graduates attackman Garrett Thul and defenseman Brendan Buckley both stood out to make the initial cut from 98 prospects down to a national team training roster of 52 players.

Thul and Buckley are both members of the West Point Class of 2013 and, while continuing to be held accountable for their military duties, will train with Team USA at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with Champion Challenge. Players will then vie for 23 spots on the final world championship roster, which will compete Jan. 24-26 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The reigning world champion U.S. Men's National Team will compete for a record 10th world title at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.

"I couldn't be more excited for both Garrett and Brendan for performing so well at last weekend's tryouts," said Army head coach Joe Alberici. "It's an honor just to be invited, but to go ahead and make the initial cut is a tremendous accomplishment for both. It speaks to the level talent they possess and is a huge honor for them and the Army lacrosse family. They are both deserving of continuing to compete alongside the best this country has to offer and would be first-class representatives of themselves, this institution and the United States Army."

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.

Thul and Buckley each earned multiple All-America citations during their respective careers at Army. 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 52-player roster by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack
Matt Danowski, Charlotte Hounds, Duke
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Eric Law, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Denver Outlaws/Philadelphia Wings, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia
Garrett Thul, Hamilton Nationals, Army
Drew Westervelt, Chesapeake Bayhawks/Philadelphia Wings, UMBC*
Ryan Young, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland

Midfield
Steven Brooks, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
Ned Crotty, Rochester Rattlers/Philadelphia Wings, Duke*
Kyle Harrison, LXM PRO, Johns Hopkins
Ben Hunt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, North Carolina
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
JoJo Marasco, New York Lizards, Syracuse
Matt Mackrides, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Penn State
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons/Philadelphia Wings, Johns Hopkins*
Max Seibald, New York Lizards/Philadelphia Wings, Cornell*
Jeremy Sieverts, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Drew Snider, Denver Outlaws/Washington Stealth, Maryland
Matt Striebel, Rochester Rattlers, Princeton*^+

Defense
Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons/Minnesota Swarm, Cornell
Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Brendan Buckley, Boston Cannons, Army
Tucker Durkin, Hamilton Nationals, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Joe Fletcher, Loyola %
Brian Karalunas, New York Lizards, Villanova
Dillon Roy, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Brett Schmidt, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Long-stick midfield
Brian Farrell, Boston Cannons, Maryland
Kyle Hartzell, Ohio Machine/Philadelphia Wings, Salisbury
Kyle Sweeney, Boston Cannons/Philadelphia Wings, Georgetown*
Michael Simon, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stevenson

Short-stick defensive midfield
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Kevin Drew, Charlotte Hounds, Syracuse
Stephen Peyser, New York Lizards, Johns Hopkins*
Jeff Reynolds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Chris Schiller, Charlotte Hounds, Penn State*
Kevin Unterstein, New York Lizards, Hofstra

Goalie
Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins
Kip Turner, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Virginia

Faceoff
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State
Anthony Kelly, Denver Outlaws, Ohio State
Mike Poppleton, Hamilton Nationals, Johns Hopkins

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

U.S. Men's National Team Fall/Winter 2013-14 Schedule

Jan. 10-12 - US Lacrosse Convention (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jan. 24-26 - Champion Challenge (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.)

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