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Three Former Blue Jays Named to 2018 US National Team

Athletic trainer Brad Mountcastle, Paul Rabil, Ryan Brown, Tucker Durkin and strength coach Jay Dyer will represent the United States at the 2018 FIL World Championships.
Jan. 12, 2018

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BALTIMORE, MD – The final 2018 United States Men’s Lacrosse roster was recently announced and three former Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse players – Paul Rabil ’08, Tucker Durkin ‘13 and Ryan Brown ‘16 – were among the 23 players named to the team. Johns Hopkins’ three selections were tied for the second most among all college programs. The 2018 FIL World Championships will take place in Netanya, Israel from July 12-21.

In addition to Rabil, Durkin and Brown, Johns Hopkins will be represented by Brad Mountcastle and Jay Dyer. Mountcastle has been the Blue Jays’ head athletic trainer since 2004 and has served as the athletic trainer for the US men’s lacrosse national team since 2012. Dyer, who is entering his 18th season as the head strength and conditioning coach with the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program, serves as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the United States’ men’s and women’s senior and U19 lacrosse teams.

Rabil is making his third appearance on the team as he played for Team USA in 2010 and 2014. He was named MVP at the 2010 Championships, when he also earned All-World and Best Midfielder honors after leading the United States to the championship. He repeated as the Best Midfielder and added All-World honors again in 2014. Rabil is one of four true midfielders named to the 2018 team; two additional players are expected to split time between attack and midfield.

“I'm humbled, grateful, and feel very fortunate to have been selected to compete in the 2018 World Games this July in Israel,” Rabil stated. “The tryout process was more comprehensive than it's ever been, surrounded by world-class players and coaches. The final 23-player roster is fit to contend for gold, and we intend on doing so.”

Durkin is a repeat selection to the team after making his first appearance in 2014. Durkin was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player and earned All-World honors at the 2014 World Championships. With his selection, at least one Johns Hopkins defender has been selected for every FIL World Championship except one since 1978. He is one of just three players named to the team listed exclusively as a close defenseman.

“In my mind, there is no greater privilege than being asked to represent your country in any capacity,” Durkin noted after his selection. “It’s hard to express how excited I am to begin this next phase of the process with such a talented group of players, coaches, and everyone involved with Team USA.”

Brown will be making his first appearance on the team and is one of just four players listed exclusively as an attackman on the 23-man roster; he is also one of just three players who graduated from college in 2016 or later to be selected and he credits his time at Johns Hopkins and two seasons in the MLL for preparing him for this opportunity.

“The coaching I received at Johns Hopkins really helped mold me into the player I am today,” Brown noted. “I also think the MLL has done a great job getting me ready for the physicality of the game at the next level.”

Rabil, Durkin and Brown combined to earn All-America honors 10 times during their careers at Johns Hopkins with each earning All-America status at least three times. Rabil is one of just 20 four-time All-Americans in school history, while Durkin and Brown added their names to the distinguished list of three-time All-America selections.

- In Their Words –

Initial Thoughts on Being Selected For the First Time
Ryan Brown
“I am very grateful to be selected to the team. It is a tremendous honor to represent the United States in the World Games.”

What it Means to Represent the United States
Paul Rabil
“There's no other feeling quite like wearing the red, white, and blue. It signifies much greater meaning than sport, but also resembles everyone along the way who's taught me how to play and compete, especially people like my college coach, Dave Pietramala. Moreover, to the young players and coaches across the country who I've never crossed paths with, we're representing your hard work and efforts, too.”

On Playing with Paul Rabil and Ryan Brown
Tucker Durkin
“To be able to go through this process with Ryan Brown and Paul Rabil, both of whom I am very close with, is a dream come true for me. These guys continue to represent Johns Hopkins in a first class manner, and I am excited to have the opportunity to team up with them to represent Team USA.”

On the Reality of Playing for Team USA Has Really Hit Him
Ryan Brown
“It’s been a long tryout process so I’ve had the honor to wear the red, white, and blue against opponents a few times, but I think once we are in Israel it will really start to set in.”

How Playing at Johns Hopkins Prepared You
Tucker Durkin
"I consider myself the luckiest defenseman in the world to have had the opportunity to be coached/mentored by coach Pietrmala, coach Dwan, and coach Benson. What I learned from them, both on and off the field, has helped me tremendously in so many ways since my time at Johns Hopkins. From a X's & O's perspective, I left Johns Hopkins feeling overly prepared for anything that I faced on the field. Off the field, the values of humility, hard work and character were instilled into myself and teammates."

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