JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coming off coaching one of the most successful seasons in the history of Jacksonville University men’s lacrosse, head coach John Galloway will represent the United State of America at the highest level as the former two-time All-American at Syracuse and current Dallas Rattlers goalkeeper will suit up with the Red, White and Blue for the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men’s World Championship on July 12-21 in Netanya, Israel.
“Representing Team USA is beyond a dream for me. As a kid, I never actually dreamt I would make it to that level. I thought about college ball and eventually the MLL, but never representing our country. This has been the most humbling accomplishment of my lacrosse career and I don’t take that responsibility we have lightly.”
A rich history binds Team USA and Team Canada as all 12 world championships belong to either the Red, White and Blue or its neighbors to the north.
Gold medalists in nine of 12 world championships since the tournament’s inception in 1967 - including a six-tournament run that spanned 20 years from 1982-2002 - Team USA most recently brought home gold at the 2010 World Championship in Manchester, England, with a 12-10 victory over Canada.
The Red, White and Blue seek gold medal glory once again after shouldering an 8-5 upset to Canada in the title game of the 2014 World Championship in Denver, Colorado. That year, Galloway served as an alternate for Team USA.
Fast forward to the present as uncertainty surrounded the Canadians in the months leading up to this summer’s world championship.
Disagreements between the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and the National Lacrosse Team Players’ Association (NLTPA) left the fate of the defending world champions up in the air, but the CLA and NLTPA were able to reach an agreement in mid-June, putting to rest rumors that the Canadians may not make it to Israel to defend their title in 2018.
“No one wanted to say it, but this tournament would have taken a hit without Canada. We are taught not to talk about just one opponent, but the reality is everyone should be talking about Canada. They are the defending gold medalists and every team in this tournament is gunning to knock them down, and that is not just us. Them not being in Israel would have put an asterisk next to whatever team that did win. Now we know whoever wins is the best in the world.”
TEAM (USA) CHEMISTRY
Whether playing with them in college (Joel White) and in the MLL with the Dallas Rattlers (Jordan Wolf, Ned Crotty), or joining forces to take on the league’s best in the 2018 MLL All-Star Game, Galloway is already familiar with many of his Team USA teammates.
Galloway is one of nine members of Team USA who are currently among the NCAA coaching ranks. Along with close defender Tucker Durkin (head coach - Bryn Athyn) and short-stick defensive midfielder Kevin Unterstein (associate head coach - Hofstra), Galloway is one of three players representing Team USA who are also head coaches for collegiate programs.
“I think our team is a unique makeup. A lot of players are coaches or have played together in some capacity. We get the challenges of building a team with little time to do it. I am just thankful I am going to put on the same color as my roommate and teammates from the Rattlers, and join up with some of the best in the world for a common goal.”
Other Team USA players in the coaching ranks include Marcus Holman (Utah), Ned Crotty (Duke), John Haus (Penn State), Jesse Bernhardt (Maryland), Matt Danowski (Duke) and Steven DeNapoli (Adelphi), all of whom serve as assistant coaches. (Will Haus replaced DeNapoli on the roster after an injury suffered during an MLL game with the New York Lizards sidelined him.)
“Coaching has given me such a greater respect for the game. It has taught me the value of fundamentals, team pulse, and most importantly flow of the game. I am comfortable talking with teammates throughout the game instead of selfishly focusing on my job. I want to be able to act as a coach on the field, and that is a role I can use to help us win.”
Thursday, July 12 | USA vs. Iroquois Nationals – 8:30 pm local // 1:30 pm EDT (ESPN2)
Saturday, July 14 | USA vs. Australia – 2:30 pm local // 7:30 am EDT (ESPNU)
Sunday, July 15 | USA vs. Canada – 7 pm local // Noon EDT (ESPN2)
Monday, July 16 | USA vs. Scotland – 9:45 pm local // 2:45 pm EDT (ESPN+)
Tuesday, July 17 | USA vs. England – 6 pm local // 11 am EDT (ESPNU)
Wednesday, July 18 | Quarterfinal – TBD (TBD)
Thursday, July 19 | Semifinal – TBD (TBD)
Saturday, July 21 | Championship – 10 am local // 3 am EDT (ESPN2)