Providence, R.I. – U.S. National Team head coach John Danowski has named the 23-player travel roster that will represent the United States in the Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s World Championship July 12-21 in Netanya, Israel. Former Brown standout Jack Kelly ‘16, the 2016 USILA Goalie of the Year and Senior Class Award recipient, has been named to the team.
A First Team All-American at Brown, Kelly led the nation in save percentage as a senior. He’s a two-time First Team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. Kelly won the Senior CLASS Award for notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. His 673 career saves are a Brown record. Kelly is a two-year starter for the Denver Outlaws and the 2016 Cascade Rookie of the Year in the MLL.
The roster was selected from the 48-member U.S. men’s national team after the Team USA Spring Premiere on Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. That was the seventh evaluation weekend for the players since Danowski was named the head coach in late 2015, including four events since July.
“I have been blown away by their commitment to this process, probably highlighted by this weekend where travel was a mess,” Danowski said. “Guys were getting here at three in the morning, flights were being changed, guys got up at three in the morning to take a train to Baltimore to fly here and never complained, not once. It just shows they love the game and they love being a part of this.”
“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed all seven evaluative weekends, but now going forward we get to coach the team,” Danowski said. “We haven’t really coached them yet as much as we’ve provided structure and let them be themselves. Now it’s time to dig deeper into the team dynamic and place them in situations to be successful and to ask them to be accountable to one another. The process has taken another step, and to me, that’s the most exciting part of this in working with these really high-end accomplished athletes.”
The team will have a final training weekend in late June before heading to Israel in early July for the world championship.