Finland Files: U.S. Men's U19 Tryouts Open
Tryout Program (includes candidates and
times) - PDF
The countdown clock on the 2012 Federation of International
Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship page says it all
– 368 days.
That’s how long the United States has to get ready to before
it begins defending its world championship in Finland, but in many
ways, the next four days could be the most important of those 368
More than 120 of the nation’s best young men’s
lacrosse players will be in Baltimore this week for the tryouts for
the 2012 U.S. men’s U19 lacrosse team. The tryouts begin on
Thursday afternoon and run through Sunday morning at the University
of Maryland-Baltimore County. The players will each play in eight
games over the four days, hoping to stand out amongst the talented
At stake is a spot on the 23-man roster that will attempt to keep
the United States perfect in men’s U19 competition. The U.S.
has never lost an international game at this level, compiling a
perfect 36-0 record, while winning world championships in 1988
(Adelaide, Australia), 1992 (Long Island, N.Y.), 1996 (Tokyo,
Japan), 1999 (Adelaide, Australia), 2003 (Towson, Md.) and 2008
Some notes for the tryouts:
- The U.S. head coach is Tim Flynn. He’s the legendary
head coach at Mountain Lakes and was an assistant coach for the
2008 U.S. team that won the gold medal.
- The pool of 123 players in the tryout includes players from 20
states. New York is by far the most represented state in the
tryouts with 42 players participating. Other states with
double-digit tryout candidates include Pennsylvania (18), Maryland
(16) and New Jersey (10).
- Seven players played collegiately last year, but are still
young enough to compete at the U19 level: Zachary Brown (A,
Towson), Peter DeLuca (G, Jacksonville), Daniel Eipp (A, Harvard),
Christopher Piccinilli (D, Villanova), Shane Sturgis (A, Penn
State), Ty Souders (D, Lehigh) and Robert Zoppo (M, Towson).
- A total of 21 referees are also trying out for the right to be
selected to work at the 2012 FIL Men’s U19 World Championship
– which will be held in Turku, Finland.