Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Tuesday, July 11

Megan Whittle earned her third straight IWLCA All-American honor while at Maryland last season. She'll suit up for Team England in this week's FIL World Cup (John Strohsacker photo).

Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world:

1.  The U.S. men's team tryouts have begun at Tierney Field at US Lacrosse Headquarters. Coach John Danowski's message to the 71 players: "be yourself." Tryouts continue with morning and evening sessions today.

U.S. men's team coach John Danowski works with Charlotte Hounds attackman Matt Rambo during last night's tryout at Tierney Field in Sparks, Md. (John Strohsacker photo).

2. Know your foe: England, or more specifically, Megan Whittle. The three-time IWLCA All-American attacker at Maryland will suit up for Team England as the FIL World Cup gets underway this week. "Give and Go" caught up with the self-described cheetah.

3. Colombia will become the first South American country to compete in the World Cup when it begins play in England this week. Coach Peri West is accustomed to building programs, having launched news teams at Hendrix College in Arkansas in 2013 and Mount Ida College in Massachusetts in 2010.

4. If you missed it over the weekend, Team USA's Megan Douty checked in with an entry of "Mission Log," the U.S. team's player blog from its trip to England for the FIL World Cup and to Poland for the International World Games. It's tough to tell who was most excited about the trip to the Harry Potter set.

5. The Baltimore Sun profiles Team USA veteran Kelly Rabil, who never wanted to look too far ahead in her quest to return to another World Cup.

6. More on the U.S. men's team tryouts, as Inside Lacrosse projects which players will advance to the next round.



John Danowski of Duke and Nick Myers of Ohio State represent two of the better coaches in collegiate men's lacrosse. They also share the distinction of coaching Team USA; Danowski, the current senior team, and Myers, the 2016 U19 squad. As Danowski evaluates players during this week's tryouts for 2018, Myers provides prospective on the importance of trust and accountability in the critical process of selecting players who will wear the red, white and blue.


Also, The Lacrosse Network has a fun recap of the recently completed World Series of Youth Lacrosse in Denver. Some future U.S. teamers here, perhaps?


  • The final installment of the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys' National Top 25 and Epoch/US Lacrosse Player of the Year will be released Tuesday. Catch up on our regional rankings here.

  • We'll have more from the FIL World Cup today, including a look at new nations competing, a "Mission Log" from a Team USA player, and a check-in by our Megan Schneider, who's overseas covering the team and the event.

  • It's a two-a-day for the U.S. men's team tryouts. They conclude with a single morning session tomorrow.

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