Sixteen players with local ties will play for the U.S. men's national senior lacrosse team when it takes on Canada in the “Duel in Denver,” an exhibition game at 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
The game is a rematch of the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship gold-medal game, in which Team USA defeated Canada, 12-10, in Manchester, England.
The 25-member U.S. men's senior team will play its first game under the direction of new coach Richie Meade, who formerly led the Navy program; he will be joined by Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala, one of three U.S. assistant coaches. The roster includes attackmen Ryan Boyle (Gilman), Steele Stanwick (Loyola High) and Drew Westervelt (Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC); midfielders Matt Abbott (Bayhawks), Stephen Berger (Washington College), Steven Brooks (Bayhawks), Kyle Dixon (Bayhawks, Archbishop Spalding), Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins), Stephen Peyser (Hopkins) and Paul Rabil (Hopkins); defensemen Matt Bocklet (Hopkins), Joe Cinosky (Maryland), Michael Evans (Bayhawks, Hopkins), Nicky Polanco (Bayhawks) and Lee Zink (Maryland); and goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Hopkins).
The Duel in Denver serves as a prelude to the 2014 FIL World Championships, which will be hosted by US Lacrosse in Denver from July 10-19, 2014. The U.S. and Canada have met in the championship game of the last four FIL World Championships. The event will feature many of the top American and Canadian players from the 2010 FIL World Championship and also will serve as a launch point for the selection of the training team that will comprise the 2014 U.S. men's national team.
NOTE: Rising junior midfielder Will Bonaparte of two-time Connecticut state finalist Ridgefield (Conn.) High orally committed to Maryland, Inside Lacrosse reported.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times