Sparks, Md. -
Following a three-date tryout 2017 Villanova graduate Jake Froccaro and 48 others were named to the U.S. Men's National Team training roster.
Froccaro, a transfer to Villanova, was a standout during his two years in the blue and white. Following graduation in May he was the 7th pick in the MLL draft by the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Recently named to the All-Star game Froccaro has also earned Rookie of the Week honors twice so far during his first professional season.
The training team that will prepare to compete in the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship. The selections were made following tryouts July 10-12 at US Lacrosse headquarters.
"I am really grateful for the opportunity and really grateful to these men," said U.S. team head coach John Danowski. "It was beyond what my expectations were in terms of their effort, their energy, their collaborativeness, cheering for one another. It's really hard to do. There's a part of you that says, `Man, I want that guy to fail' because it's a tryout. These guys weren't like that. You didn't see any of that. It was truly an inspiring experience for me."
The team will return to US Lacrosse for a training weekend over Labor Day Weekend in early September and then have two more competitions leading up the world championship. The Team USA Fall Classic will be held at US Lacrosse on the weekend of Oct. 6-9 and the team will play in the Team USA Spring Premiere in Florida in early January.
During his senior season Froccaro was named to the USILA All-American Second Team and Scholar All-American Team. 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 at Villanova, 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.
The FIL Men's World Championship will be held in Netanya, Israel from July 12-21, 2018.
Name - Position - MLL Team - College
Matt Abbott - M - Chesapeake - Syracuse `09
Drew Adams - G New York - Penn State `09
Trevor Baptiste - FO - None - Denver `18
Jake Bernhardt - SSDM - Ohio - Maryland `12
Jesse Bernhardt - D Chesapeake - Maryland `13
Ryan Brown - A - Charlotte - Johns Hopkins `16
Connor Buczek - M - Florida - Cornell `15
Liam Byrnes - LSM - Florida - Marquette `15
Mike Chanenchuk - M - Charlotte - Maryland `14
CJ Costabile - LSM - Chesapeake - Duke `12
Ned Crotty - A - Rochester - Duke `10
Matt Danowski - A - Chesapeake - Duke `07
Steve DeNapoli - SSDM - New York - Hofstra `11
Tucker Durkin - D - Florida - Johns Hopkins `13
Michael Ehrhardt - LSM - Charlotte - Maryland `14
Michael Evans - D - Chesapeake - Johns Hopkins `09
Joe Fletcher - D - New York - Loyola `14
Brendan Fowler - FO- Charlotte - Duke `14
Jake Froccaro - M - Chesapeake - Villanova `17
John Galloway - G - Rochester - Syracuse `11
B.J. Grill - D - Denver - Marquette `16
Greg Gurenlian - FO - New York - Penn State `06
Kyle Hartzell - LSM - New York - Salisbury `08
John Haus - M - Charlotte - Maryland `13
Will Haus - SSDM - Charlotte - Duke `15
Marcus Holman - A - Ohio - North Carolina `13
Myles Jones - M - Chesapeake - Duke `16
Matt Kavanagh - A - Denver - Notre Dame `16
Connor Kelly - M - None - Maryland `18
Tom Kelly - FO - Denver - Virginia
Jack Kelly - G - Denver - Brown `16
Michael Manley - D - Rochester - Duke `12
Will Manny - A - New York - Massachusetts `13
JoJo Marasco - M - Rochester - Syracuse `13
Dylan Molloy - A - Florida - Brown `17
Tim Muller - D - Florida - Maryland `17
Joe Nardella - FO - Boston - Rutgers `15
Rob Pannell - A - New York - Cornell `13
Brian Phipps - G - Chesapeake - Maryland `10
Paul Rabil - M - New York - Hopkins `08
Scott Ratliff - LSM - Atlanta - Loyola `13
Ben Reeves - A - None - Yale `18
Jacob Richard - SSDM - New York - Marquette `16
Tom Schreiber - M - Ohio - Princeton `14
Drew Snider - M - Denver - Maryland `12
Kevin Unterstein - SSDM - New York - Hofstra `08
Joe Walters - M - New York - Maryland `06
Joel White - LSM - Rochester - Syracuse `11
Jordan Wolf - A - Rochester - Duke `14