Striebel, Boyle Set To Play For U.S. At World Lacrosse Championships
Matt Striebel was a senior at Princeton when Ryan Boyle arrived from Baltimore as one of the most heralded recruits in Princeton men's lacrosse history. They played the same position, so Striebel went from attack to midfield for the 2001 season.
To say that it's worked out would be a gross understatement.
Boyle and Striebel won an NCAA championship - while both earning All-America honors - in their one season together at Princeton, though that would be far from the last time they'd play together.
The two are still teammates all these years later, once again on the U.S. national team as it prepares for another chance at a World Championship. Striebel and Boyle will begin the 2010 championships in Manchester, England, this Friday with a game against Austraiia.
It will be the third time that Striebel and Boyle play together for the U.S., after helping the team to a championship in 2002 in Perth, Australia, and a runner-up finish to Canada in 2006 in London, Ont.
This time, the U.S. and Canada are again the favorites to meet in the final, which will take place on Saturday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. The game will be televised live by ESPNU.
The 30-nation event is broken down into seven groups, with the top group (the Blue Division) to compete for the championship. The other groups are competiing for final placing and advancement in the next event, to be held in 2014 in Denver.
The U.S. and Canada are in the top group, along with Australia, Japan, the Iriquois nationals and the host English, though the Iriquois are caught in the middle of a diplomatic struggle because they are traveling on their native Haudenosaunee passports (which they have for decades) rather than U.S. or Canadian ones.
Princeton played the English team during its 2008 trip to Europe, winning two games by scores of 8-7 and 9-7.
As for Boyle and Striebel, their success hasn't been limited to Princeton and the World Championships. Together, they won three Major League Lacrosse championships in their five years as teammates on the Philadelphia Barrage as well.
Boyle plays attack, while Striebel continues to be a midfielder. Inside Lacrosse, in fact, once had a cover story on Striebel in which it refered to him as the best midfielderin the world.
The U.S. team plays Canada on Saturday in pool play and then Iriquois, English and Japanese on consecutive days. The semifinals are on July 22, with the final on the 24th.