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Former Mustang Mike Simon '09 Named to U.S. Men's National Team Roster

Champion® Challenge | U.S. National Teams

BALTIMORE, Md. - Former Stevenson men's lacrosse standout and two-time Major League Lacrosse champion Mike Simon '09 was among the 38 players selected for the U.S. Men's National Team roster by U.S. Lacrosse for an exhibition against defending Divison I national champion Loyola at Champion® Challenge on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

The broadcast schedule for the eighth annual Champion® Challenge is as follows:

U.S. Men's National Team vs. Loyola University
Sunday, Jan 27 – 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Sunday, Jan. 27 – 10 p.m. ET (ESPNU) *
Monday, Jan. 28 – 1 p.m. ET (ESPNU) *

* Game to be re-aired on ESPNU following live ESPN3 broadcast

Simon, who has spent the last three seasons with the Chesapeake Bawhawks, winning an MLL title in 2010 and 2012, ranks second in school history with 87 caused turnovers and 11th with 150 ground balls. He was selected as USILA Division III Second Team All-American as a senior in 2009.

Scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EST at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista,Fla., this eighth annual event will be the first in which the Team USA men take on the defending NCAA champion. Team USA also will square off against 2012 NCAA semifinalist Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 26, with Jacksonville University also scheduled to participate in the event.

The reigning world champion U.S. men's national team, which defeated Canada to win the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, will bring 38 players to evaluate prior to tryouts for the 2014 U.S. men's national team, to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013. At the 2012 Champion® Challenge, Team USA defeated the University of Denver 16-15 in overtime.

The Team USA roster for the Champion® Challenge by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack
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

Midfield
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

Defense
C.J. 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

Goalie
Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons, Brown
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Scott Rodgers, Hamilton Nationals, Notre Dame

Faceoff
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

For more information about Champion® Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, visit: www.uslacrosse.org/2013championchallenge. For more information about the U.S. national teams, visit www.uslacrosse.org/teamusa.

 

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