WILC: Eric Martin forced to withdraw from Team USA, Americans add Jarett Park

Washington Stealth defender Eric Martin was forced to withdraw from the American's WILC roster. (Photo: Martin Allinson)
Washington Stealth defender Eric Martin was forced to withdraw from the American's WILC roster. (Photo: Martin Allinson)

From Press Release

Colorado Mammoth transition player Jarett Park has been added to Team USA’s roster for the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, which will be held at Eden Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on May 21-28, 2011.

“I’ve never represented the United States before,” said Park. “I’m excited for the opportunity to wear a USA jersey with the best American players in the indoor game.”

The six-year NLL veteran is widely regarded as one of the top transition players in the league, collecting over 600 loose balls in 85 career games. The two-time NLL All-Star has also played six seasons of Major League Lacrosse.

“Jarett deserves to be on this team,” said Team USA head coach Tom Ryan. “He’s paid his dues and earned All-Star status in the NLL as a proven top ground ball guy for a number of years. His experience makes for a really nice addition to our lineup.”

The 28-year-old right-hander is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he was a two-sport athlete. As a midfielder on the lacrosse team, he led the team in ground balls in all four seasons, helping the Orangemen win National Titles in 2002 and 2004. As a soccer player, Park was named Big East Rookie of the Year as a freshman, leading the nation in assists per game.

“I think we stack up pretty well,” added Park. “We have strength, speed and athleticism and I thnk we have a very good shot at winning the whole thing.”

Park replaces Washington Stealth defenseman Eric Martin, who has withdrawn due to work and personal commitments. The two players were teammates on the NLL’s San Jose Stealth (2006) and MLL’s San Francisco Dragons (2006-2008).

“Jarett should have been on this team from day one,” said Martin. “I’d obviously love to represent the USA and this was an extremely difficult decision to make. Good luck to the boys, I’ll be watching for sure.”

Park is the second Colorado Mammoth player named to USA’s roster; both him and forward Brian Langtry will be wearing the red, white and blue for the first time in Prague. Mammoth forward John Grant is suiting up for Canada.

For more information on the U.S. National Indoor Lacrosse Team, visit www.usindoorlacrosse.org.

Note: Park is raffling one of his game-worn USA jerseys to help fundraising efforts to send Team USA to Prague. For more information, visit www.usildonation.org/park

The foremost boxla writer, Tutka is a former NLL scout and a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at paul.tutka@nllinsider.com.

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