COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.
Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.
Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.
Bernhardt, who is the Terps’ current volunteer assistant coach, Burns and Reynolds currently play for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in Major League Lacrosse. Burns and Reynolds helped the Bayhawks win back-to-back MLL championships in 2012 and 2013, while Bernhardt was a member of the 2013 title team.
Bernhardt was a two-time All-American as a Terp, including a first-team selection as a senior in 2013. He was also a co-recipient of the ACC’s first-ever Defensive Player of the Year award as a junior in 2012.
Burns was a captain on Maryland’s 2011 team that captured the school’s first ACC tournament championship since 2005 and advanced to the NCAA title game.
Reynolds starred as a short-stick defensive midfielder for the Terps as a freshman and sophomore before making the transition to offensive midfield as a junior. He continued to shine as a two-way middie and was an honorable mention All-American in 2008.
Snider and Zink currently play for the MLL’s Denver Outlaws and both players earned individual honors from the league for their play in the 2013 season.
Snider was named the MLL’s Most Improved Player after posting 46 points and 31 goals in 2013 after totaling 12 points on 11 goals and an assist as a rooking in 2012. As a Terp, Snider was the catalyst of Maryland’s run to the NCAA title game in 2012, scoring 10 goals in the team’s four games.
Zink earned his second consecutive MLL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2013 in unanimous fashion, earning all 16 first place votes. An alternate on the 2010 U.S. National Team, Zink helped lead the Outlaws to a 14-0 regular season, which was the first undefeated regular season in MLL history. During his career at Maryland, Zink was a three-time All-American and was the recipient of the 2004 Schmeisser Memorial Cup, which is given annually to the nation’s top defender.
Team USA will reconvene next for training camp in Connecticut from June 22-26, which will conclude with a matchup against a squad of MLL All-Stars in the MLL All-Star Game on June 26 at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.
From there, the team heads to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a second training camp, July 6-9 before beginning its world title defense in Denver on July 10. Ultimately, 23 of the 30 players will be selected to the active roster for the duration of the World Championship.