US Lacrosse announced today Ohio Machine players Kyle Hartzell, Marcus Holman & Steele Stanwick named to the 52-man U.S. Men’s National Team training roster. These players will train with Team USA at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with the Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, where they will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster.
The reigning world champion U.S. Men's National Team will compete for a record 10th world title at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colorado.
Machine co-captain and six-year MLL veteran Kyle Hartzell ended his 2013 season tied for first in Major League Lacrosse for goals by a defenseman with six, as well as fourth for points (9) and groundballs (55). In the past two seasons with the Machine, Hartzell has played in 28 games where he has scored 17 goals and recorded four assists. He holds the MLL record for most points by a defenseman in a season with 21 points, set last season. Hartzell was also named to the 2012 All-MLL team for his record-setting season.
Machine rookie Marcus Holman kick-started his MLL career with seven goals and 11 assists for 20 points in 10 games. He finished third among all MLL rookies and second on the Machine for assists and tied for fifth among rookies in points. Prior to joining the Machine, Holman led the University of North Carolina as the sole captain to the 2013 ACC Championship and was a 2013 Top 5 Tewaaraton Finalist.
Second-year player Steele Stanwick continued his stellar pro career leading the Machine in assists with 20, which also tied him for third in MLL. He also finished the 2013 season second on the team for points with 32. With the Machine, Stanwick has played in a total of 23 games tallying 23 goals and 37 assists for a total of 60 points, making Stanwick the all-time team leader in assists and points.