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Hugh Crance named to Team USA 30-man squad

Hugh Crance (#18 in blue) defends a teammate in the Team USA Blue White scrimmage last weekend
August 14, 2015; Baltimore, MD and Newport Beach, CA

By: Spynne D. Rocque, Staff Columnist

Former Corona del Mar standout, Hugh Crance, has been selected to join the U.S. Men’s National U19 30-man training roster in preparation for the 2016 U19 World Championships. The full roster, announced in an August 10th press release from U.S. Lacrosse, appears below.

Crance was a four-year varsity starter and two-year captain for the Sea Kings, was voted the Gratzinger Award and Scholarship recipient by his CdM teammates his senior year, was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American and a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American his senior year. In November of his junior year at CdM, he verbally committed to play college lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame. Crance is one of three Sea King players from his senior class bound for prominent DI college lacrosse programs: his twin brother Hoyt (goalie) will be joining the Yale Bulldogs in late August and Brett Greenlee (LSM) will be joining the Denver Pioneers in September.

"The entire CDM lacrosse family is extremely proud of Hugh," commented Corona del Mar head coach G.W. Mix. "His selection to this exclusive and prominent group of players is the result of his competitive spirit, tireless work ethic and commitment to being a great teammate. He has honored the many dedicated, talented and humble CDM players who came before him and sets a resounding example for the younger kids in our program to follow."

The final training roster announcement followed three days of training, meetings and tryouts held August 7-9 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The final 30-man roster was culled from a tryout pool of 51 players. Crance is the only player not hailing from the Eastern Seaboard to make the roster. He commented that, although the talent-level at the tryouts was “off the charts,” he was glad he could show that “California kids can compete at the very highest level.” Crance also said “I am extremely honored to make the training team and really look forward to the possibility of playing for the USA in the World Championships.” The 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships will be held in Coquitlam, British Columbia, July 7-16, 2016.

Crance’s road to the roster selection began in late June with a first-round tryout session held over three days at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland. At this first session, the 105-player pool of invitees, selected by U19 Head Coach Nick Myers (Ohio State), his staff and other representatives of U.S. Lacrosse, was winnowed down to a pool of 51. His selection into the initial 105-player pool was based on his nomination by G.W. Mix, Director of Lacrosse at CdM. The camp, which was intended to simulate the playing conditions that the players will face at the World Championships, was described in lacrosse media outlets as “highly competitive,” “intense” and “grueling” and included multiple full-length scrimmages, training exercises and conditioning tests in typical hot and humid Baltimore summer conditions.

Crance prepared for the tryouts by working out with the Kings Lacrosse (CdM club) team that was training for Champ Camp (a national tournament held in Baltimore in mid-July). He also worked out individually with CdM coaches and current and former Sea King players to hone his lacrosse skills. To prepare for the physical side of the selection process, Crance had also been working out with the training staff at Stack Velocity Sports Performance in Costa Mesa.

“I really have to thank so many people in the Sea King family for helping me get ready,” noted Hugh. “Current CdM guys, former Sea Kings home for the summer and the CdM coaches all jumped in to put me through workouts and give me advice on the tryouts.”

The U.S. Team’s preparations for the World Games will continue in November with a training weekend at Ohio State University and in January with a session in Bradenton, Florida.

U.S. Lacrosse Press Release (30-man pool): http://www.uslacrosse.org/multimedia-center/press-releases-news/postid/1033/30-player-training-roster-announced-for-2016-us-u19-mens-team.aspx

U.S. Lacrosse Press Release (51-man pool): http://www.uslacrosse.org/multimedia-center/press-releases-news/postid/999/50-player-training-camp-pool-announced-for-us-u19-mens-team.aspx

Roster – 30-Man Training Team

Attack

Grant Ament, Haverford (Pa.) 2015, Penn State
Tyler Dunn, Manhasset (N.Y.) 2015, Penn
Timmy Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.) 2015, North Carolina
Mac O'Keefe, Syosset (N.Y.) 2016, Penn State
Alex Roesner, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 2015, Penn
Michael Sowers, Upper Dublin (Pa.) 2016, Princeton

Midfield

Dox Aitken, Haverford (Pa.) 2016, Virginia
Jared Bernhardt, Lake Brantley (Fla.) 2016, Maryland
Ryan Conrad, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 2015, Virginia
Bryan Costabile, Mount St. Joseph (Md.) 2016, Notre Dame
Jack Jasinski, Oak Mountain (Ala.) 2015, Ohio State
Joe Licciardi, St Anthony's (N.Y.) 2015, Penn
Terry Lindsay, Georgetown Prep (Md.) 2016, Duke
Austin Sims, Fairfield Prep (Conn.) 2014, Princeton
Brad Smith, Mountain Lakes (N.J.) 2015, Duke
Drew Supinski, Haverford (Pa.) 2015, Johns Hopkins

Defense

Matthew Borges, Garden City (N.Y.) 2015, Ohio State
Jared Conners, Pittsford Sutherland (N.Y.) 2016, Virginia
Hugh Crance, Corona Del Mar (Calif.) 2015, Notre Dame
Patrick Foley, St. John's Prep (Mass.) 2015, Johns Hopkins
Noah Lejman, Haverford (Pa.) 2015, Penn
Jack Rowlett, Robinson (Va.) 2015, North Carolina
Thomas Wright, Garden City (N.Y.) 2015, Penn State

Goalie

Philip Goss, Deerfield Academy (Mass.) 2016, Brown
Willie Klan, Penfield (N.Y.) 2015, Ohio State
Jack Pezzulla, Boys’ Latin (Md.) 2016, North Carolina

Faceoff
Gerard Arceri, Smithtown East (N.Y.) 2016, Penn State
Christian Feliziani, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 2016, Ohio State
Austin Henningsen, Northport (N.Y.) 2015, Maryland
James Sullivan, Garden City (N.Y.) 2015, Harvard


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