Rodgers Chosen to Represent USA in 2013 Champion Challenge
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University men's lacrosse volunteer assistant coach Scott Rodgers has been named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the 2013 Champion® Challenge.
"This honor is a step in the right direction, as far as my personal goals are concerned," said Rodgers. "It has always been my dream to represent our country and wear the stars and stripes, while playing amongst the best competition in the world. I am grateful for this opportunity."
Rodgers and Team USA will play a pair of exhibition games against 2012 NCAA semifinalist Notre Dame (Jan. 26) and defending national champion Loyola (Jan. 27) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Both contests will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.
The games are a part of the eighth annual Champion® Challenge, which runs from Jan. 25-27 at the ESPN complex and features instructional youth clinics, in addition to the U.S. men's and women's exhibition contests against collegiate opponents.
"I'm really proud of that fact that Scott continues to compete at the pinnacle level in our sport," said Marquette head coach Joe Amplo. "He has worked hard to put himself in a position to be a strong candidate for the U.S. national team and this event provides him with an opportunity to showcase his abilities against some of the best competition," said Amplo.
The event serves as an evaluation period for Team USA, prior to its tryouts for the 2014 U.S. men's national team, which will be held in August and September of 2013.
"Having someone like Scott around allows our kids to get a first-hand account of someone who plays the sport at the highest level," said Amplo. "He provides a great example for our guys with how he conducts himself on and off the field, specifically with his tireless work ethic."
Along with his role as a volunteer assistant coach for the Golden Eagles' program, Rodgers tends net professionally for the Hamilton Nationals of the Major League Lacrosse and the Minnesota Swarm of the National Lacrosse League.
(USA photo courtesy of John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)