Sparks, Md. -
Villanova 2017 graduate Jake Froccaro was named one of 13 college players who have been added to the pool of candidates trying out for the U.S. men’s national team next month.
The tryouts will be held July 10-12 at the new U.S. national teams training center at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.
“Initially, a group of 60 players were identified and selected from a large application pool,” said Kevin Ankrom, director of high performance for US Lacrosse. “After the completion of the 2017 college season, there was an opportunity to identify some additional collegiate athletes to invite to our player pool. I believe that we have added a number of outstanding players to our pool to give them a look and experience of a U.S. team tryout. This opportunity also gives us a mechanism to establish and identify our high performance athlete pathway, which will tie into our high performance strategy for the national team program moving forward.”
Following the initial round of tryouts, U.S. head coach John Danowski and his staff will follow up with additional tryouts and training weekends at US Lacrosse on the weekends of Sept. 1-4 and Oct. 6-9 in preparation for next summer’s Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. The FIL Men’s World Championship will be held in Netanya, Israel from July 12-21, 2018.
Froccaro was selected as the 7th pick by the Chesapeake Bayhawks during the 2017 MLL draft and was recently named a to the USILA All-American Second Team and Scholar All-American. Over the last two season the transfer has earned 104 point on 74 goals and 30 assists. This past season Froccaro transitioned to midfield where he netted 34 goals and dished out 14 assists. During his first season in the blue and white, then an attackman, he had a team high 56 points on 40 goals and 16 assists. Also during the 2016 season he broke the single game goal scoring record when he scored eight on the road at Penn State. He is a two time BIG EAST First Team selection and a Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee. Prior to being a Wildcat Froccaro sent two years at Princeton where he became the only midfielder in school history to score at least 20 goals during his freshman and sophomore seasons.