FOUR NATIONALS ADDED TO 'DUEL IN DENVER'
8/31/12 11:17 AM
(August 31, 2012)... After the recent announcement by Team Canada, six members of the Hamilton Nationals will play in the “Duel in Denver.” The exhibition game between the U.S. men’s national senior team and Team Canada is set for 7:00 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, September 8th at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Team Canada’s roster will include four Nationals: Brodie Merrill, Kevin Crowley, Adam Jones and MJ Kiekebelt. Team USA features Hamilton’s Joe Walters and Matt Dolente, who replaced the injured Chris Eck.
"I couldn't be more excited to play in the 'Duel in Denver,'" Dolente told US Lacrosse Magazine. "You get very few opportunities to put the U.S. jersey on, if any opportunities at all, in your career. It's a huge honor to be able to do that. From my experience on the U-19 team, you really appreciate how important these games are, and how much of an honor it is to be able to represent your country. You can't take that lightly, or take it for granted. It commands your best effort and focus, and that's what I'll hope to bring."
In 2012, Dolente won 55 percent (219 of 395) of faceoffs and finished second in the faceoff wins. The Johns Hopkins product set the team’s single-season and single-game (23) faceoff wins records this season. He was also named to the 2012 MLL All-Star Game.
Crowley and Jones were named to the Team Canada roster earlier today. Crowley was second on the Nationals in points (37) and goals (24). Jones played in two games in his rookie season in the MLL. In the National Lacrosse League, he was named the 2012 NLL Rookie of the Year. Kiekebelt, who played his college lacrosse at RIT, made his professional debut in May 2012.
The event is a rematch of the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship gold-medal game, in which Team USA defeated Canada, 12-10, in Manchester, England. It serves as a prelude to the 2014 FIL World Championships, which will be hosted by US Lacrosse in Denver, July 10-19, 2014. The U.S. and Canada have met in the last four FIL World Championship games.
The event will feature many of the top American and Canadian players from the 2010 FIL World Championships, and also will serve as a launching point for the selection of the training team which will comprise the 2014 U.S. men’s national team.