The nation's top lacrosse players, most of them out of college, will compete for 26 spots on the U.S. men's team during a four-day tryout starting today at Rutgers.
The U.S. team, which will be selected early next week, will defend its title in the quadrennial World Championships July 20-30, 1994, in Manchester, England. The United States defeated Canada in the final of the 1990 tournament, which also included England and Australia.
The 121 candidates include 30 attackmen, 43 midfielders, 36 defensemen and 12 goalies. Applications for the tryout were sent to 220 colleges in 22 states and 148 post-college clubs in 27 states, according to Steve Stenersen, executive director of the Lacrosse Foundation.
"What we're looking for are athletic guys who can give us good team speed," said Loyola's Dave Cottle, an assistant on the U.S. staff headed by Johns Hopkins' Tony Seaman. "The international style is a lot of up and down the field. In the past, our midfielders have been able to dominate the others countries' midfielders on defense.
"The U.S. strength traditionally is defense and goal keeping. It's been far superior to the other countries'."
The top U.S. defenseman, and perhaps the best player, is Dave Pietramala, an ex-Johns Hopkins star.
Last-minute additions to the list of candidates are attackman Justin Tortolani and midfielder Torr Marro of Princeton and Navy midfielder Jamie Slough, one of the few undergraduates in the group.
Roddy Marino, formerly of Virginia, was scratched after injuring his knee while playing for Brine of Boston in Saturday's 18-16 loss to Mount Washington in the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association championship during the Hall of Fame Classic.
Two of the top players in the game, Canadians Gary and Paul Gait, who combined for eight Mount Washington goals that night, will compete for their country in the World Championships.