Washington Stealth stars Paul Rabil and Eric
Martin have been selected to the final 23-man roster of the 2010 United States
Men’s National Lacrosse Team. The
team will travel to Manchester, England for the 2010 Federation of
International Lacrosse (FIL) World Field Lacrosse Championships from July
The training team roster of 41 was narrowed down to the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL)-mandated size of 23 players after three fall exhibition weekends in West Point, N.Y., Annapolis, Md. and Stony Brook, N.Y. Since the first recognized international championship in 1967, the U.S. has won eight gold medals, most recently in 2002.
Rabil was the second overall selection in the 2008 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft and finished his All-Rookie Team campaign with 34 points (16g, 18a) in 16 games for the Stealth this season. He is the reigning Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), where he plays for the Boston Cannons. He is also a two-time All-Star. 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. In his first season with the Denver Outlaws of the MLL, Martin led the Outlaws to the 2009 MLL Championship game. Martin played the previous three seasons with the San Francisco Dragons, where he was 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.
“Our organization is proud of Paul and Eric, both players have the character to make good decisions under pressure and they stand out in those situations,” said Stealth President and General Manager Johnny Mouradian, who is also the General Manager of Team Canada. “In 1974 the United States, England, Australian and Canada teams were competing, now there are 24 FIL national teams and nine associate FIL members in the early stages of development. The games are an experience Paul and Eric will cherish.”
For more information on the US National Team, visit www.uslacrosse.org and for more on the World Championships, visit www.2010worldlacrosse.com.
Rabil, Martin and the Stealth will open their inaugural season in the Comcast Area at Everett on January 9, 2010. Season tickets are available now with packages starting at just $75. For more information, log on to www.stealthlax.com or call 877-MY-75-TIX.