Three members of the San Jose Stealth, Paul Rabil, Eric Martin and Nick O’Hara were selected by US Lacrosse to try out for the 2010 US Men’s Team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships. 84 players were selected in all for the tryouts on June 7-10, 2009 at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
The 2010 FIL World Championships will be played July 10-24, 2010 in Manchester, England. Rabil, Martin and O’Hara will be competing to make the US roster for the first time in their careers.
Rabil was the second overall selection in the 2008 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft and has eight goals and ten assists in nine games with the Stealth this season. He plays professional field lacrosse for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). He earned a selection to the MLL All-Star team in his rookie season. During his collegiate career at Johns Hopkins University, he was a four-time All-American, three times nominated to the first team. He was the NCAA Division I Midfielder of the Year his junior season and was twice a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. He is a two-time National Champion and is the JHU leader for goals and points as a midfielder.
Martin is widely regarded as the top American-born defenseman in the NLL. In 2008, he was named to the NLL West Division All-Star team. In his five-year NLL career, he has accumulated 13 goals, 46 assists and 464 loose balls, all with the Stealth. Martin played the last three seasons in the MLL with the San Francisco Dragons. He will enter the 2009 season with the Denver Outlaws. He is a two-time MLL All-Pro. He played his college ball at Salisbury State, where he won two NCAA Division III Championships. He was twice named to the All-American first team and was recognized as the Division III National Player of the Year as a senior. He was the Division III Defenseman of the Year his junior and senior seasons.
O’Hara was selected by the Stealth in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft and recently came off the Physically Unable to Perform List. He played four games in his rookie season with the MLL’s Rochester Rattlers before a season-ending injury. He was a third round selection in the MLL Collegiate Draft. At Duke University, he was a two-time first team All-American and was the NCAA Division I National Defenseman of the Year his senior season.
Over 200 applications were submitted with the US Men’s Team Player Selection Committee trimming that number to 84. The 84 will be reduced to 40 after the tryouts in Smithfield. The remaining players will compete in three training camps that will ultimately decide the 23-man roster for the FIL Championships.