DURHAM, N.C.—It’s been an exciting, yet busy, week for a host of former Blue Devils and head coach John Danowski. Between the Major League Lacrosse All-Star game in California and the first round of tryouts for the 2018 U.S. men’s national team, it’s been a whirlwind of travel and preparation.
Jones Shines at MLL All-Star Game
Jones, Duke’s lone representative in the MLL All-Star Game, led Team Stripes to the 21-20 overtime victory with the game-winning goal. He finished the night with four goals and an assist for five points to earn the Most Valuable Player award. Team Stars led 10-7 at halftime and ended regulation knotted 20-20. It took Jones just 1:20 into overtime to beat his defender and fire a shot into the net for the win.
In nine games for the Bayhawks this season, Jones has 33 points from 20 goals, including a pair of two-pointers, and 11 assists. His 33 points are tied for ninth in the MLL, while his 20 tallies are 12th. He is one of five players to have scored multiple two-point goals.
Danowski Begins Task of Selecting 2018 U.S. Team
Danowski, the U.S. men’s national team head coach heading into the 2018 FIL World Championships next year, and his staff will watch, coach, and evaluate 71 of the world’s best players during the three-day tryout period at the U.S. Lacrosse training center in Sparks, Md.
The three-time NCAA Champion coach is tasked with guiding the United States back to the top of the lacrosse world after it took silver at the 2014 FIL World Championship to Canada.
Included in the mix of 71 players are eight former Blue Devils, including current assistant coach Matt Danowski. Along with Matt are former standouts Ned Crotty, CJ Costabile, Brendan Fowler, Will Haus, Myles Jones, Michael Manley and Jordan Wolf.
Crotty, the 2010 Tewaaraton Award winner, is the lone Blue Devil of the group to have competed in a world championship, doing so twice, including when the United States took gold in 2010.
The three-day event comprised of a light session July 10, two sessions Tuesday, July 11 and a final morning session July 12 before the group of 71 was whittled down to 46.