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Eyes on 2014 World Championship Games

March 19, 2016
This weekend will start the process towards the 2014 World Championship games for Team USA when 90+ players descend upon Baltimore to try out for the coveted 40 spots that will represent the United States next summer in Denver. Within those players competing for those 40 spots are Machine players Jake Bernhardt, Kyle Hartzell, Marcus Holman, Steele Stanwick, Chad Wiedmaier and Chazz Woodson.

Even though the season for the Ohio Machine didn’t pan out exactly how many expected, the six players invited to the tryouts made their mark on the 2013 season and secured their tryout spot through their MLL play, as well as college. Take a look at their past few years in college and Major League Lacrosse to see why they were selected to try out for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Jake Bernhardt (M) – University of Maryland

Years in MLL: 1 Year (2013 Rookie)

Bernhardt on U.S. Tryouts : "I am incredibly fortunate and thankful to be selected for the Team USA tryouts. Being given this opportunity is something I've been striving for a long time and I can't wait to take the field with some of the best in the world." 

Quick Facts : University of Maryland alum Bernhardt was his team’s captain in 2013 and finished his college tenure playing in 65 games for the Terps, where he tallied 49 goals and 14 assists for a total of 63 points. Bernhardt was fifth on the 2013 team for points (24) and assists (7), as well as set a career high in a season for goals (17), assists and points. Bernhardt, who was part of the 2011 ACC Championship team, was also named captain in 2012 and won the 2010 William College Award as the team’s best overall midfielder. He closed out his time at Maryland with 18 multi-point games and 13 multi-goals games.  As a rookie with the Machine, Bernhardt held the field as a defensive midfielder where he scored five goals and two assists for seven points in the 2013 season.

Kyle Hartzell (D) – Salisbury State University

Years in MLL: 6 Years

Hartzell on  U.S.  Tryouts : “Being selected to represent your country is a great honor. I have not had the opportunity to try out for the USA team before. I want to make this team and help them win gold in 2014. It’s going to be a very competitive weekend with 90+ of the best players that our country has to offer all battling for roster spots. I’m looking forward to the weekend and going up against the best.”

Quick Facts : In the past two seasons with the Machine, Hartzell has played in 28 games where he has scored 17 goals and recorded four assists. Hartzell holds the MLL record for most points by a defenseman in a season with 21 points, set last season. Hartzell began his MLL tenure after being drafted by San Francisco in 2007 and continued with the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010 and 2011. Hartzell won a championship with the Bayhawks in 2010 and was named MLL Championship Weekend MVP. Hartzell is the only defenseman in league history to win the MLL Championship Weekend MVP award. Before MLL, Hartzell had a standout college tenure at Salisbury State University (SSU) where he won two NCAA Division III National Championships. 

Marcus Holman (A) – University of North Carolina

Years in MLL: 1 Year (2013 Rookie)

Holman on  U.S.  Tryouts : “It's such an honor to be trying out this weekend for the USA Men's National Team. The talent pool is incredible and for me being just out of college, I will be competing with and against many players I have looked up to and modeled my lacrosse game after which is very exciting. The chance to play the sport I love for our amazing country is something I have always dreamed of and I am looking forward to it tremendously.”

Quick Facts : Holman finished his college career with the University of North Carolina with 84 goals and 49 assists for 133 total points. Holman’s junior season was one of the best in all of UNC lacrosse history as he led the team with 39 goals, 35 assists for a total 74 points. During his junior year, Holman was also a second-team All-America selection, named to the All-ACC Team and received merited honors on the All-ACC Tournament team. As the only captain in 2013, Holman helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2013 ACC Championship, as well as the NCAA Quarterfinals, and was one of the top five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy. With the Machine, Holman tallied seven goals and 11 assists for 20 points, which ranked him fourth on the team.

Steele Stanwick (A) – University of Virginia

Years in MLL: 2 Years

Stanwick on  U.S. Tryouts : “It is such an honor and a privilege to be selected to try out for Team USA and I’m humbled by it. I’m looking forward to getting out there this weekend and playing with the top players in the United States to earn a spot on the final roster.”

Quick Facts : In the past two seasons with the Machine, Stanwick has played in 23 games tallying 23 goals and 37 assists for a total of 60 points. Stanwick is the Machine all-time leader in assists. Stanwick ranked first among 2012 rookies for assists with 17 last season. While at UVA during his senior season, Stanwick led the country with 51 assists and was second in the country in points per game with five.  Stanwick was also a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and won the 2012 Jack Turnball Award.  Stanwick was also named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career.  In 2011, Stanwick became the third Virginia player to win the Tewaaraton Trophy. Stanwick also helped lead the team to its seventh national championship in 2011.

Chad Wiedmaier (D) – Princeton University

Years in MLL: 2 Years

Wiedmaier on  U.S.  Tryouts : “It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to represent the U.S. and I’m honored to have been asked to try out but I won’t be satisfied unless I make the final roster. I’ve got to leave it all on the field and let the coaches make their decisions.”

Quick Facts : In his first season with the Machine, Wiedmaier played in 13 games where he collected 30 groundballs. The Machine drafted Wiedmaier from the Nationals where he played in nine games during his 2012 rookie season and collected 18 groundballs and one assist. Prior to MLL, Wiedmaier was a four-year starter for Princeton, as well as a four-time All-American and four-time First Team All-Ivy League. He was the first Princeton player to achieve First Team all four seasons. 

Chazz Woodson (A) – Brown University

Years in MLL: 8 Years

Woodson on  U.S.  Tryouts : “Hands down, the obvious goal is to earn a roster spot and to compete in Denver for a world championship. But as cliché as it may be, it's still a huge honor to be recognized in the form of a tryout invitation.  There are a lot of deserving players, talent wise and character wise, that did not, have not and will not get the opportunity to even try out. Beyond that, it's been a personal goal of mine to make this team and to represent this country as an athlete. So step one, the invite, is complete. Step two culminates, this weekend. And we'll see from there if I earn the opportunity to take any further steps.”

Quick Facts : Over the past two years, Woodson has scored 30 goals and 14 assists for the Machine for a total of 44 points. Woodson received the 2012 Ohio Machine Offensive Player of the Year award and was named a 2012 All-Star. Woodson previously played for Long Island, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. In eight seasons, Woodson has played in 72 games and tallied 93 goals and 39 assists for a combined 132 points. Woodson was drafted in the 2005 MLL Collegiate Draft by Long Island after playing for Brown University from 2002 to 2005. Woodson played all four seasons with Brown and was named a two-time All-Ivy League and two-time All-New England selection. Woodson most recently was named to Brown's 2000-2009 All-Decade team.