DURHAM, N.C.—Former Duke men’s lacrosse players Ned Crotty, Matt Danowski and David Lawson are among the 52 players named to the U.S. Men’s National Team training roster. The Blue Devil trio was among the 94 originally selected for the three-day tryout held this past weekend.
These players will train with Team USA at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, where players will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster. The annual event will once again be hosted Jan. 24-26 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The reigning world champion U.S. Men’s National Team will compete for a record 10th world title at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.
Crotty was a member of the 2010 U.S. squad that captured the FIL World Championship, while Danowski has been a mainstay on the squad throughout his career. Danowski captured a U-19 FIL World title for the U.S. and is a current assistant coach for the Blue Devils. He recently guided the Charlotte Hounds to the Major League Lacrosse championship game in just the franchise’s second year in the league. Danowski had a career year for the Hounds, notching a career-high 49 points. Crotty led the Rochester Rattlers with 36 points from 15 goals and 20 assists.
Lawson had an outstanding MLL rookie season with the Rattlers. After captaining the Blue Devils to the 2013 NCAA Championship, the Westford, Mass., native registered 23 points off of 18 goals and five assists in just eight games. His 23 points ranked third on the team, while his 18 goals were second.
Overall, Duke is one of five collegiate programs to have at least three players selected to the 52-man list. The group’s first event will be Oct. 4-6 in the Play for Parkinson’s event in Alexandria, Va.
U.S. Men’s National Team Fall/Winter 2013-14 Event Schedule
Oct. 4-6 – Play for Parkinson’s (Alexandria, Va.)
Jan. 10-12 – US Lacrosse Convention (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jan. 24-26 – Champion Challenge (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.)
The team will also gather for two training weekends, with one in October and one in December.