By Lindsey Burns | 11/18/10 1:42 PM
Annapolis, MD. Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Defenseman Kyle Hartzell has been named to the 2011 U.S. Men's National Indoor Lacrosse Team which will compete in the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships at the Tesla Arena in Prague, Czech Republic from May 21stto May 28th.
Tryouts were held in Wayne, NJ, Syracuse, NY, and Baltimore, MD where the roster was narrowed down to 18 stand-out players. In February, the roster will be expanded to an official 23-man team, adding five players from the list of 16 reserve members.
Hartzell, a 2007 third team All-American at Salisbury University, had an incredible performance this past season. He played a key role in the Bayhawks’ 2010 Major League Lacrosse championship and was the first defenseman in league history to be named Championship Weekend’s Most Valuable Player. Hartzell was also an integral part of the Washington Stealth’s 2010 National Lacrosse League championship.
“Kyle is quickly turning into one of today’s greats - he is a complete lacrosse player who competes with a passion that is unmatched,” Bayhawks General Manager Spencer Ford stated. “Making the U.S. National Indoor Team is a wonderful accomplishment and there is no other player who is more deserving or who works harder than Kyle. He will be an asset to the team and as friends and colleagues, the Chesapeake Bayhawks are very happy for Kyle and wish him and Team USA nothing but the best.”
“Being selected to Team USA for the World Indoor Championship is an honor,” Hartzell said. “I have worked extremely hard for this opportunity and cannot wait to represent my country in Prague. The coaches and staff have put together a team that I think will compete for gold in the summer of 2011.”
The World Indoor Championship in Prague will see competition among international teams from Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Iroquois Nation, Slovakia, the United States, and host Czech Republic. Canada will enter the tournament as the defending championship team from 2007 when the games were hosted in Halifax, Canada.