PHILADELPHIA – USLacrosse has announced the addition of University of Pennsylvania freshman attack Simon Mathias to the Under-19 World Championship roster ahead of this weekend’s training camp in Baltimore.
With the addition of Mathias, Penn now has four players on the U.S. Under-19 team as Mathias joins Quakers teammates Tyler Dunn, Noah Lejman and Alex Roesner on the 23-man roster. The Red and Blue now have more players on this year’s U-19 World Championship roster than any other college in the country; Ohio State and newly minted NCAA champion North Carolina have three each. In addition, one of the assistant coaches with the Under-19 team is Penn’s Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Pat Myers.
Mathias enjoyed a solid first season at Penn, earning co-Ivy League Rookie of the Year (with teammate Reed Junkin) and honorable mention All-Ivy. He finished the regular season with 39 points, which was second in the Penn lineup. Mathias led the Quakers with 28 goals, while his 11 assists were behind only senior Nick Doktor. Mathias also was the only Penn player to record at least a point in every game this season. On April 21, Inside Lacrosse listed its top 25 freshman performers through mid-season, and Mathias came in at No. 21.
“We are very happy for Simon and proud of all ofhis accomplishments this year,” said Penn’s head coach, Mike Murphy. “I was particularly impressed with the consistency of his effort and performance throughout the year, which earned him this opportunity. I believe Simon will help the team compete for the gold medal, based on what I saw him do during his freshman campaign. As a proud supporter of the red, white and blue I think this is a good decision for the U-19 team and their staff to add Simon to the roster, he played at a very high level this season.”
Following this weekend’s training camp, the 2016 U.S. men’s U-19 team will convene for another training camp July 2-5 in Seattle. The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship will run July 7-16 in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada).