COLUMBUS, Ohio – The U.S. Men’s U19 team will hold a training weekend in Columbus from Nov. 16-17, highlighted by a pair of scrimmages against powerhouse high school programs in Ohio Stadium. The U.S. squad is slated to take on Culver Academy on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. and The Hill Academy on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Both scrimmages are open to the public with free admission and parking. Spectators should park on the east side of Ohio Stadium and enter at Gate 16.
The training weekend is a continuation of the tryout process that is being led by U19 head coach Nick Myers. The U19 team that’s selected will compete in the World Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship in Limerick, Ireland next July, which began with a tryout featuring more than 100 of the nation’s top young players this past June.
“I’m fired up to get our USA group of 32 together for the next step in our effort to build this national team,” said Myers. “This is a great opportunity not only to see the development in the players, but also for lacrosse fans in the central Ohio area to experience the game at the highest level for this age group.”
The Buckeye ties on the U19 squad run deep. Not only is Myers the team’s head coach, two of his assistants – Pat Myers and Andrew Stimmel – played at Ohio State. Four members of the Buckeyes’ current roster are among the 32 players that will be in attendance: freshmen Christian Tomei, Connor Mitchell, Grant Mitchell and Jake Snyder. Additionally, Team’s USA’s trainer is Ohio State’s Angie Beisner along with the Buckeyes’ equipment manager, Brett Emerine.
Culver Academy was the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in the final 2019 Nike/US Lacrosse Boys’ High School ranking while The Hill Academy is the top high school program in Canada.
The U.S. team will have additional training weekends in January and June before next summer’s world championship. Myers and his staff will eventually have to narrow the final roster to the World Lacrosse mandated maximum roster size of 23 players.
The U.S. has won all eight previous World Lacrosse men’s U19 championships dating to 1988. Myers was the head coach for the most recent championship in 2016, leading the U.S. to a dramatic 13-12 come-from-behind victory over rival Canada.