DURHAM, N.C.—The tandem of incoming Blue Devils Jake Caputo and Connor Drake are among the 32 players selected for the 2020 U.S. Men’s Lacrosse U19 Training Team the association announced Tuesday evening.
Head coach Nick Myers and his staff made the selections following a three-day tryout weekend involving 50 players that concluded at US Lacrosse headquarters on Sunday. The 32-player list was cut from the 50 invited for the initial player pool.
Caputo and Drake will arrive at Duke in August and are among 25 players who play collegiately or will enroll in 2019. The seven other selections will be high school seniors this fall. Duke is one of five schools to have multiple incoming freshman chosen for the training team.
“It was an incredible three days, more than we could have asked for as coaches,” said Myers, the head coach at Ohio State who also led the 2016 U.S. U19 team to a gold medal at the last world championship. “The men gave an outstanding effort and they all really helped cement the foundation of this team. We, as staff, are grateful for how open the men were to being coached and challenged to chase Team USA standards.
Caputo, a midfielder from nearby Holly Springs, N.C., scored two goals this past Sunday to ice the victory for the Blue team in the second round of tryouts at US Lacrosse headquarters. He also recently competed in the Under Armour All-America game, leading the South squad with five points from two goals and three assists.
Also a midfielder, Drake is a recent graduate of Salisbury School after guiding the team to a perfect 16-0 record in 2019. He is a two-time all-state pick and had a goal and an assist in victory for the North side in the Under Armour All-America game.
A total of 104 players attended the initial tryout for the team in June and 50 players were invited to the most recent round of tryouts. The roster will eventually be pared to 23, the maximum number allowed for international competition under World Lacrosse rules.
The training team will hold a camp at Ohio State in November for its final event in 2019. There will be additional training camps in 2020 leading up to the World Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship from July 9-18 in Limerick, Ireland.
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.