2011 Grad Karalunas Tabbed for U.S. Men's National Team Champion Challenge
Nov. 27, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. - US Lacrosse today announced the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the Sunday, Jan. 27 exhibition Champion® Challenge, a US Lacrosse event. 2011 graduate Brian Karalunas has been named as a member of Team USA.
"Champion Challenge will be another opportunity for our coaching staff to evaluate the Team USA player pool prior to next year's tryouts, Team USA coach Richie Meade said. "We'll have some familiar faces to the program out there, and we'll also take a look at some new guys."
Villanova's first-ever USILA First Team All-American, Karalunas concluded his career as a Wildcat as a three-time all-american and was the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Winner. He appeared in all 63 games of his four-year career and tallied 213 ground balls and 153 caused turnovers. He is currently a member of the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.
The reigning world champion U.S. men's national team, which defeated Canada to win the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, will bring 38 players to evaluate prior to tryouts for the 2014 U.S. men's national team, to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013. At the 2012 Champion® Challenge, Team USA defeated the University of Denver 16-15 in overtime..
The Team USA roster for the Champion® Challenge by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:
CJ Costabile, Long Island Lizards, Duke^
Ryan Flanagan, Charlotte Hounds, North Carolina
Kyle Hartzell, Ohio Machine, Salisbury
Brian Karalunas, Long Island Lizards, Villanova
John Lade, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse^
Eric Martin, Denver Outlaws, Salisbury*
Kevin Ridgway, N/A, Notre Dame
Dillon Roy, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Brett Schmidt, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland
Michael Simon, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stevenson
Chad Wiedmaier, Hamilton Nationals, Princeton
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland