PHILADELPHIA - Following a series of four training camps over eight months, US Lacrosse and head coach Nick Myers have announced the 25-man final roster for the 2016 U.S. Men’s National Under-19 Team that will travel to the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, July 7-16 in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada). The roster includes three young men who will play their freshman years at Penn this spring: attackman Alex Roesner, midfielder Tyler Dunn, and defenseman Noah Lejman.
Penn is one of just four college programs nationwide that will have three players on the Under-19 team; the others are North Carolina, Penn State and Ohio State. One of the assistant coaches with the Under-19 team is Penn’s Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Patrick Myers.
“We are very excited for Tyler, Noah, and Alex,” said Penn’s head coach, Mike Murphy. “They each worked very hard last summer and fall in an effort to make the U.S. Under-19 team. I am happy for them and proud of their accomplishment. We look forward to their contributions this spring here at Penn, and we are excited for them to represent our program and the United States of America this summer in the World Games.”
Roesner, Dunn, Lejman and the rest of their Penn teammates will begin the 2016 season on Saturday, Feb. 20 when the Quakers host Michigan on Franklin Field at 3 p.m.
The 25 players were selected from a 30-man squad that attended Team USA training camps in November (Columbus, Ohio) and January (Bradenton, Fla.). The 30 players were originally narrowed from a pool of 51 athletes that attended an August training camp in Baltimore, Md., following a 105-player tryout in June, also in Baltimore. Two of the 25 will be named alternates in the lead-up to the World Championship, at which point 23 players will be eligible to compete for Team USA.
The 2016 U.S. men’s U-19 team will convene for training June 4-5 in the Baltimore area, followed by another training camp July 2-5 in Seattle before crossing the border for Canada and the FIL World Championship.