US Lacrosse announced the 84 players that have been selected to try out for the 2010 U.S. men's lacrosse team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England from July 10-24, 2010. Salisbury University alumnus Eric Martin is one of 24 defensemen invited to try out from June 7-10 at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
Over 200 players from around the nation submitted applications to be considered for the tryouts. That group was then cut down by U.S. Men's Team Player Selection Committee to the list of 84.
Martin is one of only two former Division III players to be invited to the tryout. Midfielder Stephen Berger of Washington (Md.) College is the other invitee. In fact, there is only one Division II player on the list as well so in all 81 of the 84 invitees hail from Division I programs.
The Player Selection committee will trim the player list down to 40 following the tryout weekend in June. The group of 40 players will compete in three training weekends this coming fall. The committee will then create the FIL mandated 23-player roster at the culmination of the third weekend that will represent the United States in the 2010 competition. The U.S. earned the silver medal in 2006 after it lost to Canada.
Martin, a two-time All-American first team defender for the Sea Gulls, is a member of the Denver Outlaws in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the official outdoor professional league. The Norfolk, Va., native has played in the professional league for five seasons and has made the All-Star team with the San Francisco Dragons the past two seasons. Martin is also an All-Star in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), the professional indoor league.
Martin stars on the San Jose Stealth where he was named a league All-Star in 2008. Martin was named the 2004 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year and is a two-time National Defenseman of the Year recipient (2003, 2004) as a Sea Gull.
In three seasons with Salisbury he tallied five goals and nine assists. He was also a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference team selection (2002, '03, '04) and the 2004 CAC Player of the Year. He helped SU win back-to-back national championships in 2003 and '04.
In 2006, the Sea Gulls had four former players try out for the U.S. National Team when 120 players were invited to try out they included; attackman Joe High, midfielder Justin Smith and defensemen Jeff Bigas and Sean White.
The last Division III player to make a U.S. National Team was defenseman Tim Schurr (Washington & Lee) in 2002.