BALTIMORE, Nov. 27, 2012 -- US Lacrosse today announced that Charlotte Hounds attackman Matt Danowski, midfielder Peet Poillon and defensmen Ryan Flanagan, Brett Schmidt and Kevin Ridgway have been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the Sunday, Jan. 27 exhibition against defending NCAA champion Loyola at Champion® Challenge, a US Lacrosse event.
Danowski finished the '12 MLL season leading the Hounds with 43 points, also good enough for sixth overall in the league. He scored 19 goals, including a team-best five 2-pointers. In addition, Danowski led the Hounds with 19 assists, a new career-high for him. Danowski also played for Team USA in September at the "Duel In Denver" exhibition.
As a member of the Denver Outlaws in '12, Poillon recorded 40 points with 24 goals (three 2-pointers) and 13 assists. His 40 points tied for second-best on the Outlaws and ranked him ninth overall in the league.
In his first MLL season, Flanagan collected a team-high 59 ground balls, 32 more than the next closest player (goaltender and face-off not included). He also ranked third in the league for this category. Schmidt missed the first half of the year after tearing his pectoral muscle in the offseason. After his return in Week 10, he tallied one goal, one assist and nine ground balls. Ridgway scooped up 10 groundballs for the Hounds during the '12 season.
Scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EST at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista,Fla., this eighth annual event will be the first in which the Team USA men take on the defending NCAA champion. Team USA also will square off against 2012 NCAA semifinalist Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 26, with Jacksonville University also scheduled to participate in the event.
The reigning world champion U.S. men’s national team, which defeated Canada to win the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, will bring 38 players to evaluate prior to tryouts for the 2014 U.S. men’s national team, to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013. At the 2012 Champion® Challenge, Team USA defeated the University of Denver 16-15 in overtime.
The Team USA roster for the Champion® Challenge by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:
Billy Bitter, Rochester Rattlers,North Carolina
Grant Catalino, Long Island Lizards, Maryland
Matt Danowski, Charlotte Hounds, Duke
Matt Gibson, Long Island Lizards,Yale
Mike Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse*
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia^
Chazz Woodson, Ohio Machine, Brown
Sam Bradman, LXM Pro Tour, Salisbury
Steven Brooks, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Steven DeNapoli, Rochester Rattlers, Hofstra
Benson Erwin, N/A, Johns Hopkins
Graham Gill, LXM Pro Tour, Navy
Kyle Harrison, LXM Pro Tour, Johns Hopkins#
Ben Hunt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, North Carolina
Cameron Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals, Lehigh
Roman Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals, Lehigh
Peet Poillon, Charlotte Hounds, UMBC
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, JohnsHopkins*
Jeremy Sieverts, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Kevin Unterstein, Long Island Lizards, Hofstra
CJ Costabile, Long Island Lizards, Duke^
Ryan Flanagan, Charlotte Hounds, North Carolina
Kyle Hartzell, Ohio Machine, Salisbury
Brian Karalunas, Long Island Lizards, Villanova
John Lade, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse^
Eric Martin, Denver Outlaws, Salisbury*
Kevin Ridgway, N/A, Notre Dame
Dillon Roy, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Brett Schmidt, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland
Michael Simon, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stevenson
Chad Wiedmaier, Hamilton Nationals, Princeton
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons, Brown
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Scott Rodgers, Hamilton Nationals, Notre Dame
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Alex Smith, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Delaware*
* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
# 2006 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2008 U.S. men’s national under-19 team member
"Champion Challenge will be another opportunity for our coaching staff to evaluate the Team USA player pool prior to next year's tryouts, Team USA coach Richie Meade said. “We'll have some familiar faces to the program out there, and we'll also take a look at some new guys. We're looking forward to testing ourselves against what will be a top-notch opponent in Loyola."
Throughout the Jan. 25-27 weekend, the U.S. Women’s National Team will face Northwestern and Syracuse, the 2012 NCAA champion and runner-up, respectively. Both the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams will host instructional clinics for youth and high school players in grades 1-12, as well as coaching clinics on Saturday, Jan. 26. The U.S. women’s national team roster and ESPN TV schedule will be released later this year.
For more information about Champion® Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, visit
http://www.uslacrosse.org/2013ChampionChallenge>. For more information about the U.S. national teams, visit