Mike Simon '09 Selected to Tryout for U.S. Men's National Team
BALTIMORE, Md. - Former Stevenson men's lacrosse standout and two-time Major League Lacrosse champion Mike Simon '09 was among the 98 players selected to try out for the U.S. Men's National Team, which will defend its world title at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.
Tryouts will be held Friday, August 30 and Saturday, September 1 at Goucher College.
"It's a great honor for Michael to be included in the 98 players that are going to try out for our National team, especially since he is one of only three Division III players selected," said Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene. "It's as competitive as it has ever been and for Michael to have a chance to represent Stevenson on the USA National team is a special thing for him and Stevenson."
A total of 156 players submitted tryout applications, which were considered by a selection committee including current and past U.S. men's national team coaches and players, as well as current college and professional coaches. U.S. team head coach Richie Meade (Furman University) will oversee the tryout process.
Following tryouts, US Lacrosse will announce the 40-player U.S. men's national team.
Simon, who has spent the last four 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.
"Mike has grown so much as player since his days at Stevenson," added Cantabene. "He has played his best lacrosse after college and has gotten so much stronger and faster. It is really impressive. There are only a few players I can recall that have the work ethic Mike does. We are all so happy for him and the opportunity in front of him."
The U.S. men's national team defeated Canada 12-10 to win the FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.