The elder statesmen of Princeton men’s lacrosse – or as elder as you can be if you’re in your 30s – will be joined by two kids – or as much as you can be a kid if you’re in your 20s – at the tryouts for the U.S. men’s national team in advance of next summer’s World Championships.
A total of 98 players were invited to the tryouts and four of those 98 are from Princeton. They will compete for spots on the team this Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Goucher College.
Ryan Boyle and Matt Striebel, two of the most accomplished American lacrosse players of all time, are back to try to earn a national team spot for the fourth time. Boyle and Striebel are veterans with two World Championships and a second-place finish, not to mention multiple Major League Lacrosse championships. They were also key members of Princeton's 2001 NCAA championship team.
In addition to Boyle and Striebel, Princeton will also be represented at the tryouts by current player Tom Schreiber and 2012 graduate Chad Wiedmaier.
The only four-time first-team All-Ivy men's lacrosse player in Princeton history, Wiedmaier was a first-team All-America defenseman his senior year, when he led Princeton to a 6-0 Ivy record and a spot in the NCAA tournament. Wiedmaier currently plays in Major League Lacrosse for the Ohio Machine.
Schreiber, a three-time first-team All-Ivy selection who could match Wiedamier's four-for-four feat next season, is one of eight active college players - and the only one from the Ivy League - invited to try out for the national team. Schreiber is a two-time first-team All-America and was one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy this past season.
The World Championships will be held in Denver next July 10-17. Richie Meade, the head coach at Furman after a long career leading the program at the United States Naval Academy, will coach the U.S. team.