MLAX Boasts Four Candidates For U.S. Men's National Team

May 17, 2017

US Lacrosse Release

SPARKS, Maryland - Former Marquette men's lacrosse players Liam Byrnes, B.J. Grill and Jacob Richard and current volunteer assistant Ryan Brown have been selected as candidates for the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team.

The first round of tryouts will take place at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Maryland at the new U.S. national teams training center from July 10-12.

Byrnes, a longstick defensive midfielder, was the first Marquette player in program history to be drafted by a Major League Lacrosse team. After playing 10 games as a rookie in 2016 with the Florida Launch, the West Islip, New York native was drafted by the Georgia Swarm in the 2016 National Lacrosse League draft.

Prior to his professional career, Byrnes earned USILA Second Team All-American and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year accolades in his final season as a Golden Eagle.

Grill, another defenseman, was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in 2016 and helped the team to an MLL Championship last August.

At Marquette, Grill was selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team in both 2014 and 2015, and was named a USILA Third Team All-American in 2016. The Bridgewater, New Jersey native is also the director of lacrosse operations for Marquette.

The third former Marquette player to be selected, Richard, is an assistant coach for the Golden Eagles. The New York Lizards picked up the West Chester, Pennsylvania native in the 2016 MLL Draft.

Richard was a two-time team captain and USILA Third Team All-American during his time at Marquette as a short-stick defensive midfielder.

Volunteer assistant Brown was selected by the MLL's Charlotte Hounds in 2016 as the draft's fourth overall pick. The Sykesville, Maryland native posted 23 goals and seven assists in his rookie campaign with the Hounds. He is one of 12 attackmen selected to try out for the national team.

59 players total were selected for the initial round of tryouts. U.S. head coach John Danowski and his staff have additional tryouts and training weekends for the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship slated for Sept. 1-4 and Oct. 6-9.

The U.S. is coming off of a silver medal finish in the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver.

Since 1967, the U.S. has won gold or silver at every men's international world championship in field lacrosse. The team won gold in 1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2019 and finished runner-up to Canada in 1978, 2006 and 2014.

The 2018 FIL World Championship was recently moved from England to Israel with exact dates and location to be announced later this month.

Marquette head men's lacrosse coach Joe Amplo was selected as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team in December 2015. Amplo played for and coached with Team USA and Duke head coach John Danowski while at Hofstra.




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