Karalunas Named to U.S. Men's National Team Training Roster
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:
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 *^+
Short-stick defensive midfield
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
The team will also gather for two training weekends, with one in October and one in December.