Four with MU ties selected to US Lacrosse Training Team
July 12, 2017
SPARKS, Maryland – Former Marquette players Liam Byrnes, B.J. Grill and Jacob Richard, along with current volunteer assistant coach Ryan Brown, were among 49 players selected to the US Lacrosse training team that will prepare to compete in the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s World Championship, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. The selections were made following tryouts July 10-12 at US Lacrosse headquarters.
Byrnes (Florida Launch/Georgia Swarm), Grill (Denver Outlaws) and Richard (New York Lizards) were USILA All-Americans during their Marquette careers and among the first group of four year players in program history. All three are in their second professional seasons in Major League Lacrosse, while Byrnes also won an NLL crown with the Georgia Swarm earlier this summer.
Richard, one of five short-stick defensive midfielders selected, is a current assistant coach with the Golden Eagles, while Brown is a volunteer assistant and Grill served this last year as MU’s director of lacrosse operations. Byrnes was one of six long-stick midfielders named to the roster, while Grill was also one of six close defensemen picked.
The team, which was pared down from over 70 individuals at tryouts, will return to US Lacrosse for a training weekend over Labor Day Weekend in early September and then have two more competitions leading up the world championship. The Team USA Fall Classic will be held at US Lacrosse on the weekend of Oct. 6-9 and the team will play in the Team USA Spring Premiere in Florida in early January.
The team is led by head coach John Danowski of Duke as well as assistants Joe Amplo of Marquette, Seth Tierney of Hofstra and Tony Resch.
The FIL Men’s World Championship will be held in Netanya, Israel from July 12-21, 2018.
Since 1967, the U.S. has won gold or silver medal at every men’s international world championship in field lacrosse. The U.S. won gold in 1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. The U.S. finished as the runner-up to Canada in 1978, 2006 and 2014.
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