Lehigh head men's lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese will serve as head coach of Team USA at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla, in an exhibition game against Notre Dame. The Champion Challenge is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 with the game set to re-air on ESPNU at 10 p.m. that evening.
Cassese also coached the U.S. National Team last time it was in action when it defeated Harvard, 17-12, as part of Stars and Stripes weekend in October.
"I am excited to rejoin the U.S. National Team in the Champion Challenge exhibition game against Notre Dame," he said. "It was a lot fun working with the men who participated in the Stars and Stripes weekend at Harvard in the fall and I look forward to working with another terrific group of men next weekend in Orlando.
"It will be an honor to work with good friend and former U.S. (and Philadelphia Barrage) teammate Brian Dougherty, as well as the first-class management team at US Lacrosse," continued Cassese. "I have a tremendous sense of pride in our national team and in representing the Red, White and Blue. I look forward to leading a highly competitive group against the Irish next Sunday."
Cassese's involvement with US Lacrosse is extensive, including his experience as coach in October. He also suited up for Team USA last summer at the World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England.
The roster is similar to the team Cassese coached against Harvard, which includes standouts like Steven Boyle, Max Quinzani and Matt Striebel. Dougherty will transition to the sidelines alongside Cassese, where he will serve as defensive coordinator. Overall, the roster also features three members of the gold medal-winning U.S. team and six players from the training team.
2010 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM - CHAMPION CHALLENGE
Steven Boyle - Boston Cannons - Johns Hopkins '10
Craig Dowd - Long Island Lizards - Georgetown '10
Kevin Leveille - Rochester Rattlers - Massachusetts '03 ^
Max Quinzani - Boston Cannons - Duke '10
Chazz Woodson - LXM Pro Tour - Brown '05
Michael Kimmel - Chesapeake Bayhawks - Johns Hopkins '10
Matt Striebel - Rochester Rattlers - Princeton '01 *#$
Stephen Berger - Long Island Lizards - Washington College '04 ^
Stephen Peyser - Long Island Lizards - Johns Hopkins '08 *
Steven Brooks - LXM Pro Tour - Syracuse '08 ^
Chris Eck (FO) - Boston Cannons - Colgate '08 ^
Doug Shanahan - Rochester Rattlers - Hofstra '01 #$
Peet Poillon - Chesapeake Bayhawks - UMBC '09
Matt Bocklet - Denver Outlaws - Johns Hopkins '08
Lee Zink - Denver Outlaws - Maryland '04 ^
Steven Waldeck - Toronto Nationals - Stony Brook '10
Adam Crystal - Tobay LC - Drexel '07
Ricky Pages - Long Island Lizards - Ohio State '08
Nick O'Hara - Long Island Lizards - Duke '07 ^
Scott Rodgers - Toronto Nationals - Notre Dame '10
Adam Fullerton - Denver Outlaws - Army '08 *
Coaches: Kevin Cassese *#$, Brian Dougherty *~
* member of 2010 U.S. men's national FIL world championship team
^ member of 2009-10 U.S. men's national training team
# member of 2006 U.S. men's national team
$ member of 2002 U.S. men's national team
~ member of 1998 U.S. men's national team