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Karalunas Named to U.S. Men's National Team Training Roster
Brian Karalunas
 
Brian Karalunas
 

Sep 3, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md. - Following a three-day tryout that saw 94 of America's premier professional and collegiate lacrosse players travel to Baltimore, 2011 graduate Brian Karalunas and 51 of his peers have been named to the U.S. Men's National Team training roster.

Karalunas, who was one of four Villanova Men's Lacrosse standouts invited to tryouts, earned one of those 52 spots and will compete for a chance to represent Team USA next summer in Denver, Colo. for the 2014 FIL World Games.

These players will train with Team USA at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, where players will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster. The annual event will once again be hosted Jan. 24-26 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The reigning world champion U.S. Men's National Team will compete for a record 10th world title at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.

At Villanova, Karalunas led the team to its second NCAA Championship bid in three years in 2009 and 2011 and became the program's first USILA first-team All-America and three-time all-american selection. Karalunas was also the recipient of the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was a three-time USILA Scholar All-American. In 2011, Karalunas led the NCAA for the second straight year in caused turnovers per game (4.38), and graduated as Villanova's and the NCAA career leader in the category. He finished his career ninth all-time at Villanova with 213 ground balls and was named the 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The 52-player roster by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack
Matt Danowski, Charlotte Hounds, Duke
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Eric Law, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Denver Outlaws/Philadelphia Wings, UMBC *
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia
Garrett Thul, Hamilton Nationals, Army
Drew Westervelt, Chesapeake Bayhawks/Philadelphia Wings, UMBC *
Ryan Young, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland

 

 

Midfield
Steven Brooks, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
Ned Crotty, Rochester Rattlers/Philadelphia Wings, Duke *
Kyle Harrison, LXM PRO, Johns Hopkins
Ben Hunt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, North Carolina
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
JoJo Marasco, New York Lizards, Syracuse
Matt Mackrides, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Penn State
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons/Philadelphia Wings, Johns Hopkins *
Max Seibald, New York Lizards/Philadelphia Wings, Cornell *
Jeremy Sieverts, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Drew Snider, Denver Outlaws/Washington Stealth, Maryland
Matt Striebel, Rochester Rattlers, Princeton *^+

Defense
Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons/Minnesota Swarm, Cornell
Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Brendan Buckley, Boston Cannons, Army
Tucker Durkin, Hamilton Nationals, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Joe Fletcher, Loyola %
Brian Karalunas, New York Lizards, Villanova
Dillon Roy, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Brett Schmidt, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Long-stick midfield
Brian Farrell, Boston Cannons, Maryland
Kyle Hartzell, Ohio Machine/Philadelphia Wings, Salisbury
Kyle Sweeney, Boston Cannons/Philadelphia Wings, Georgetown *
Michael Simon, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stevenson

Short-stick defensive midfield
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Kevin Drew, Charlotte Hounds, Syracuse
Stephen Peyser, New York Lizards, Johns Hopkins *
Jeff Reynolds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Chris Schiller, Charlotte Hounds, Penn State *
Kevin Unterstein, New York Lizards, Hofstra

Goalie
Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins
Kip Turner, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Virginia

Faceoff
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State
Anthony Kelly, Denver Outlaws, Ohio State
Mike Poppleton, Hamilton Nationals, Johns Hopkins


* 2010 U.S. men's national team member
^ 2006 U.S. men's national team member
+ 2002 U.S. men's national team member
% Current college player

The roster was increased from 46 to 52 players to account for injuries.

U.S. Men's National Team Fall/Winter 2013-14 Event Schedule
Oct. 4-6 - Play for Parkinson's (Alexandria, Va.)
Jan. 10-12 - US Lacrosse Convention (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jan. 24-26 - Champion Challenge (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.)

The team will also gather for two training weekends, with one in October and one in December.

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