June 30, 2014
Official US Lacrosse Release
BALTIMORE, MD. - It took 11 months, but Army's all-time leading scorer Garrett Thul '13 made the last cut and will represent his country on the field as part of the U.S. Men's National Team in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships this July.
The team was selected from a 31-player roster that attended training camp last week in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and competed in Thursday's MLL All-Star Game in Cambridge, Mass., at Harvard Stadium. The process started with 98 players.
"These men were selected from a group of 52 that participated in Orlando and 31 that participated this past week, so we feel this is a very solid team that will represent our country well in Denver," said Team USA head coach Richie Meade. "Several of the men who have been part of this process distinguished themselves, but weren't chosen for this team. We're very humbled to represent our country and endeavor to do so to the best of our collective ability."
Team USA will next head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a final training camp July 6-9 before beginning its world title defense in Denver on July 10.
Thul is one of six players on attack and will compete for playing time with Ned Crotty and Rob Pannell, as well as Marcus Holman, Kevin Leveille and Brendan Mundorf. He joins Colgate's Chris Eck as the only two members of the team to come out of the Patriot League.
"It's the biggest honor in lacrosse to be a part of the national team," Thul said. "For me, coming from Army it is very special. It means the world to me and it's an honor to represent the Army and West Point and the lacrosse program."
A three-time All-American at Army, Thul holds the program record for career goals with 163, which lands second on the Patriot League's all-time goals list. A three-time Patriot League first team honoree, he is the only player in program history to record three 40-goal seasons (2010, 2011, 2013). He is one of two players in Army history to play Major League Lacrosse (Hamilton Nationals and Florida Launch) and National League Lacrosse (Philadelphia Wings).
TEAM USA ROSTER
Ned Crotty, New York Lizards, Duke*
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Garrett Thul, Florida Launch/Philadelphia Wings, Army
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Kyle Harrison, Ohio Machine, Johns Hopkins^
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Max Seibald, New York Lizards/Philadelphia Wings, Cornell*
Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons, Cornell
Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Tucker Durkin, Florida Launch, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Kyle Hartzell, New York Lizards, Salisbury
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State