March 3, 2009
Seth Goldberg '05 is one of 84 players who have been selected by US Lacrosse to try out for the 2010 U.S. men's lacrosse team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England, from July 10-24, 2010. The tryouts will be held from June 7-10, 2009, at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
Nearly 200 players submitted applications to be considered for the tryouts and the pool was narrowed to 84 by the U.S. Men's Team Player Selection Committee.
Goldberg, an attacker for the Long Island Lizards of Major Lacrosse League, had 86 goals and 127 points for Yale from 2002 to 2005 and has played for a few teams in the MLL.
"These are players who have shown that they can compete at the highest level and win championships, and that's what we're trying to do," said Larry Quinn, chair of the player selection committee.
Following the tryout weekend, the group will be trimmed to approximately 40 players that will compete in three training weekends during the fall of 2009. After those three weekends, the roster will be cut to the FIL-mandated size of 23 players.
From Major League Lacrosse, the Long Island Lizards lead the way with 17 players from their 2009 preseason roster selected. Boston had 14 players selected and Chicago, Denver and Washington each had 11 players selected.
The 2010 world championship will be the first men's championship conducted by the newly-formed FIL, which is a result of the merger of the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations and the International Lacrosse Federation.
The U.S. has won seven of the nine world titles held since 1974, failing to win gold only in 1978 and 2006. The 2010 U.S. team will be coached by Mike Pressler, the head coach at Bryant University.