As most of you probably heard, US Lacrosse moved out of its former home on Johns Hopkins University’s campus and into its new facility in Sparks, MD back in May. The new 45,000 square foot facility includes larger offices, a snazzy training center, locker rooms, and a new National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum that will open this fall.
To christen the new facility US Lacrosse is hosting an exhibition game on Sept. 11 as part of a larger US Lacrosse Grand Opening celebration.
The men’s team will play an intra-squad scrimmage as part of a tripleheader at the new US Lacrosse headquarters here Sept. 11. The tripleheader opens with the U.S. women’s team at 10 a.m., features the U.S. men’s team at 1 p.m. and closes with a special exhibition between the lacrosse teams from the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) at 4 p.m.
The roster for the exhibition game was announced today, and includes a dozen players from the 2014 U.S. team, which won second place at the FIL World Championship. While everyone who made the roster is a great player and deserved their place on the team, there was one thing that seemed odd about the Short-Stick Defensive Midfield selections.
Short-Stick Defensive Midfield
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse ’09
Brent Adams, Boston Cannons, Fairfield ‘12
Jake Bernhardt, Ohio Machine, Maryland ‘13
Steve DeNapoli, New York Lizards, Hofstra ‘11
Will Haus, Charlotte Hounds, Duke ‘15
Jacob Richard, New York Lizards, Marquette ‘16
Kevin Unterstein, New York Lizards, Hofstra ‘08
See anything missing? Spoiler alert! Where’s Josh Hawkins?!?
Now look ... I’m just a
humble college lacrosse blogger NATIONALLY RENOWNED JOURNALIST and not a BOSS or BALLER, but even I know Josh Hawkins is one of the best seven SSDM in the MLL. Here’s a link to Josh’s 2016 stats. You can use that link to compare his numbers with the seven listed above. In my opinion Josh’s numbers stand up pretty well and he probably deserved a spot on the roster. Indeed, several people on #LaxTwitter also found Josh’s exclusion from the Team USA roster perplexing.
Really great question! Along with the ridiculous defense he plays, he is a threat to score as well! https://t.co/jGqhDXKBm7— Sean Quirk (@CoachQuirk) August 19, 2016
Anyway, congrats to everyone who made the roster. But, hopefully BOSS Danowski finds room for Hawkins before September.