Powell brother trio among 23 named to U.S. national team

Lacrosse

June 17, 2005|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Experience ruled yesterday when the next U.S. men's lacrosse national team was announced following four days of tryouts at UMBC.

Among the 23 players selected to the team that will try to win America's seventh consecutive International Lacrosse Federation world championship next summer in London, Ontario, 21 are on Major League Lacrosse rosters.

And for the first time since the event's inception in 1967, three brothers will represent the United States at the ILF games, which will include a record number of 18 teams and take place July 13-22, 2006.

Mikey, Ryan and Casey Powell, all of whom starred at Syracuse University and earned Division I Player of the Year honors, made the team as attackmen. Syracuse alums led the way with five selections, including defenseman Patrick McCabe, a 1991 graduate who, at 36, is the oldest member of the team.

The youngest and only current collegiate player to make the team was University of Maryland attackman Joe Walters, who will be a senior with the Terps in 2006.

Midfielder Kyle Harrison, who last month led Johns Hopkins to the NCAA title, won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the game's best player and is about to begin his pro career with Major League Lacrosse's New Jersey Pride, was one of three ex-Hopkins players chosen. The others were midfielder A.J. Haugen and defenseman John Gagliardi.

"It's tough for a college player, because [the international game] is a different game, much more free-flowing, more physical, no [substitution] horns, a running clock," said Larry Quinn, chairman of the 24-man selection committee that chose the squad from nearly 120 candidates.

Roster

U.S. men's team

Coach

John Desko

Attack

Player Current team College

Ryan Boyle Phila. Barrage Princeton

Casey Powell Rochester Rattlers Syracuse

Ryan Powell Rochester Rattlers Syracuse

Mikey Powell Bayhawks Syracuse

Scott Urick New Jersey Pride Georgetown

Joe Walters Maryland Maryland

Midfield

Kevin Cassese Rochester Rattlers Duke

Roy Colsey Phila. Barrage Syracuse

Kyle Harrison New Jersey Pride Johns Hopkins

Jay Jalbert Long Island Lizards Virginia

A.J. Haugen Long Island Lizards Johns Hopkins

Blake Miller Long Island Lizards Hofstra

Doug Shanahan Phila. Barrage Hofstra

Matt Striebel Phila. Barrage Princeton

Defense

Christian Cook Bayhawks Princeton

Ryan Curtis Boston Cannons Virginia

John Gagliardi Long Island Lizards Johns Hopkins

Patrick McCabe Long Island Lizards Syracuse

Nick Polanco Long Island Lizards Hofstra

Todd Rassas Capital LC Notre Dame

Kyle Sweeney Phila. Barrage Georgetown

Goal

Chris Garrity Boston Cannons Penn State

Trevor Tierney Bayhawks Princeton

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