U.S. Indoor Team a Mix of Veterans and Newcomers

PHOTO BY JOHN STROHSACKER

Indoor veteran Greg Downing is playing in his third world championship for Team USA.


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The U.S. indoor team is comprised of a veteran core mixed with a group of newcomers, adding to the depth of talent in the American system. Here are players to watch as Team USA prepares to hit the floor in Langley, British Columbia, for the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.

Trevor Baptiste

Baptiste first ventured into box lacrosse two summers ago, playing in the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League before his senior year at the University of Denver. He was drafted by the NLL’s Philadelphia Wings and set the league’s single-season record for faceoff wins (362) as a rookie. Possession will be Team USA’s best weapon in keeping the likes of Canada and the Iroquois at bay.

Tom Schreiber

Schreiber is regarded by many as the top lacrosse player on the planet. His status for these games remains unclear due to a shoulder injury he sustained in a Premier Lacrosse League game Sept. 6. The potential absence of Schreiber, who scored the last-second goal to lift the U.S. field team to a world title last summer, looms large over this U.S. indoor team. The even-keeled former Princeton field star tried his hand at the NLL and has thrived. In three seasons with the Toronto Rock, Schreiber has racked up 252 points and won the NLL Rookie of the Year award in 2017.

Joel White

Another vocal leader for Team USA on the floor, White has spent seven seasons with the Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Philadelphia Wings and Rochester Knighthawks. White also brings the experience of the 2018 U.S. field team winning gold in Israel. He’ll be hungry to do the same in Langley as a transition star.

Joe Resetarits

Resetarits doesn’t carry the name recognition of Schreiber or Baptiste, but he could be the team’s most experienced and talented offensive threat. He’s just one season removed from surpassing 100 points for the Rochester Knighthawks. After a trade from Rochester to New England, Resetarits played in seven games to round out the 2019 season. The 30-year-old from Hamburg, N.Y. was also a member of the 2015 U.S. team.

David Mather

One of the youngest members of the 2015 team, Mather fell in love with the indoor game in Seattle. He’d travel hours up to Vancouver each week to continue to train, before a move to Syracuse made it easier. Now a member of the Onondaga Redhawks, Mather made his mark with a breakaway save on Lyle Thompson during the 2015 WILC.

Greg Downing 

Greg Downing is one of the veteran leaders of this U.S. team as he heads toward his third appearance in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (he won bronze in 2011 and 2015). Downing brings 13 years of pro lacrosse experience with him, including 11 seasons in the NLL. He spent three seasons with the Colorado Mammoth (2016-18) before moving to the New England Black Wolves last season and picking up 118 loose balls.







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