Sep 5, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three former Patriot League men's lacrosse players and one who will make his League debut next spring are among the 52 names on the list the U.S. National Team announced Tuesday for its training roster.
The players will train and compete with Team USA during a schedule of fall and winter events leading up to the Champion Challenge from Jan. 24-26 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. After that event, the roster will be trimmed once more to the 23 names who will comprise the team that attempts to claim its 10th title at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship from July 10-19 in Denver.
The list of four from the Patriot League includes the only active collegiate player in Loyola Maryland's Joe Fletcher. A senior defender, Fletcher was a first-team USILA All-American and the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year last season. He's joined on defense by Army '13 graduate Brendan Buckley, a two-time first-team All-Patriot League selection, a two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's lacrosse and the League's overall Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2012-13.
Another West Point graduate was selected for the Team USA pool in Garrett Thul. Like Buckley, Thul graduated in the spring after a tremendous career in which he captured four All-League certificates, including three on the first team, and ended his tenure second on the League's all-time goal list with 163.
The League's fourth representative is former Colgate face-off specialist Chris Eck, who dominated the X for the Raiders from 2005-08. His 305 career ground balls currently stand third in League annals, and he was a three-time All-League performer.
Both Eck and Buckley played professionally this summer with the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, while Thul was on the roster of the Hamilton Nationals.
Team USA has training weekends scheduled in October and December, and is scheduled to participate in the Play for Parkinson's event Oct. 4-6 in Arlington, Va.