BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Former Lehigh men’s lacrosse standouts Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney have cracked the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the eighth annual Champion® Challenge. The U.S. will play a pair of exhibitions, facing 2012 NCAA semifinalist Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 26 and then defending NCAA champion Loyola on Sunday.
The Lao-Gosneys are two of just 38 players selected to Team USA for this event. The players will be evaluated prior to tryouts for the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team, which will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013.
It will mark the second time the Lao-Gosneys participate in a Team USA event as they were selected for the Capital Lacrosse Classic which took place on Sunday, Oct. 7. Cameron was identified by Lacrosse Magazine as one of the “Ten Who Impressed” at the scrimmage.
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Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese was a U.S. coach during last year’s 16-15 overtime win over Denver in the Champion Challenge. He’s enjoyed extensive experience with the U.S. National Team as both a player and coach. Cassese also helped lead the U.S. to a 12-7 win over Notre Dame in January, 2011.
Joining the Lao-Gosneys on the 38-player roster include Major League Lacrosse star Paul Rabil, a 2010 U.S. men’s national team member, in addition to many other professional players. The Lao-Gosney’s, who both play for the Hamilton Nationals of the MLL, are joined on the roster by two other Nationals players and are two of only 13 midfielders selected to participate.
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Billy Bitter, Rochester Rattlers, North Carolina
Grant Catalino, Long Island Lizards, Maryland
Matt Danowski, Charlotte Hounds, Duke
Matt Gibson, Long Island Lizards, Yale
Mike Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse*
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia^
Chazz Woodson, Ohio Machine, Brown
Sam Bradman, LXM Pro Tour, Salisbury
Steven Brooks, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Steven DeNapoli, Rochester Rattlers, Hofstra
Benson Erwin, N/A, Johns Hopkins
Graham Gill, LXM Pro Tour, Navy
Kyle Harrison, LXM Pro Tour, Johns Hopkins#
Ben Hunt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, North Carolina
Cameron Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals, Lehigh
Roman Lao-Gosney, Hamilton Nationals, Lehigh
Peet Poillon, Charlotte Hounds, UMBC
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Jeremy Sieverts, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Kevin Unterstein, Long Island Lizards, Hofstra
CJ Costabile, Long Island Lizards, Duke^
Ryan Flanagan, Charlotte Hounds, North Carolina
Kyle Hartzell, Ohio Machine, Salisbury
Brian Karalunas, Long Island Lizards, Villanova
John Lade, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse^
Eric Martin, Denver Outlaws, Salisbury*
Kevin Ridgway, N/A, Notre Dame
Dillon Roy, Denver Outlaws, Denver
Brett Schmidt, Charlotte Hounds, Maryland
Michael Simon, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Stevenson
Chad Wiedmaier, Hamilton Nationals, Princeton
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland
Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons, Brown
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Scott Rodgers, Hamilton Nationals, Notre Dame
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Alex Smith, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Delaware*
* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
# 2006 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2008 U.S. men’s national under-19 team member