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 this weekend, 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 finished his All-Rookie Team campaign with 34 points (16g, 18a) in 16 games for the Stealth this season. He is in his second season with 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 finished his fifth NLL season with 18 points (6g, 12a) and a team-high 100 loose balls in 2009. 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. He is in his first season with the Denver Outlaws of the MLL. Martin played the previous three seasons with the San Francisco Dragons. 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 came off the Physically Unable to Perform List late in 2009. He is in his second MLL season, playing for the Toronto Nationals with fellow Stealth teammates Colin Doyle, Jeff Zywicki and Kyle Sorensen. He was a third round selection in the 2008 MLL Collegiate Draft and played four games with the Rochester Rattlers before a season-ending injury. 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. Follow the progress of these three Stealth stars at www.sjstealth.com.