DURHAM, N.C.—Incoming Duke men’s lacrosse players Jake Caputo and Connor Drake are among the 50 players to advance to the second round of tryouts for the 2020 U.S. men’s U19 team. Among the 50 are recent high school graduates and rising high school seniors and one current collegiate player.
US Lacrosse welcomed 104 of the nation’s top young players to a three-day tryout this past weekend at the National Team Training Center and a selection committee consisting of the current U.S. U19 staff, past U19 coaches and high school coaches made the decision on which players advanced.
The Blue Devils have a strong history with US Lacrosse, which includes current head coach John Danowski beginning his second term as the leader of the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team after leading the squad to the gold medal at the 2018 FIL World Championship.
Most recently, recent graduate Brad Smith and rising senior Terry Lindsay helped lead the squad to the 2016 U19 FIL World Championship title. Matt Danowski (2003), CJ Costabile (2018), Justin Turri (2018), Kyle Keenan (2012) and Kyle Turri (2012) also garnered gold with the U19 squad as Blue Devils.
The second round of tryouts will be held July 12-14 at US Lacrosse. Approximately 30 players from that tryout session will be named to the training team that will compete in events leading up to next summer’s World Lacrosse championship in Limerick, Ireland (July 9-18, 2020).
Caputo, hailing from Holly Springs, N.C., and the brother of rising sophomore Owen Caputo, was named to the Under Armour All-America team after totaling 72 goals and 35 assists for 107 points for Middle Creek. The attackman was a two-time team captain and totaled 176 goals and 272 points in his three varsity seasons.
A midfielder from Salisbury School, Drake is a two-time first team all-state pick and was picked the All New England Team in 2019. He was ranked 17th among incoming players by Inside Lacrosse and was crucial in guiding Salisbury to a 16-0 record as a senior.
The United States is the only nation to have won the World Lacrosse Men’s U19 Championship, having rallied to beat Canada 13-12 in 2016 on Ryan Conrad’s game-winning goal with just eight seconds remaining. That was the eighth straight world championship for the U.S., which also won gold medals in 1988, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2012.