BALTIMORE, MD – Two players – one current and one former – will represent Rutgers at the 2006 United States Men’s Lacrosse Team national tryouts. Junior goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) and former midfielder Nick Schmidt, who graduated in 2003 and is a native of Hicksville, NY, will be among 120 players invited to participate in the four-day tryouts.
The tryouts will be held from June 13-16 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and 23 players will be selected from those tryouts to represent the United States at the International Lacrosse Federation World Championships in July 2006 in London, Ontario. A total of 30 attackmen, 42 midfielders, 36 defensemen and 12 goalies were invited to participate by the 2006 U.S. Team Men's Player Selection Committee, chaired by three-time U.S. team player Larry Quinn. The players were selected from a field of approximately 200 applicants.
Havalchak is a two-time ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and earned second team USILA All-America honors last year. As a freshman, he burst onto the scene by starting all 15 games and registering 188 saves, a 7.64 goals-against average and .625 save percentage. The Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Year in 2003, Havalchak had an equally-impressive sophomore campaign with 172 saves, 7.35 goals-against average and .628 save percentage. He had a career-high 22-save performance in the 2004 season opener against Dartmouth and also stopped 21 shots in a 14-10 victory over eventual national champion Syracuse. For his efforts, he was one of 15 nominees for the annual Tewaaraton Trophy, which is awarded to the top college lacrosse player in America.
In 41 career games, Havalchak has 496 saves, which ranks him eighth on the all-time career list, a 8.09 goals-against average and .590 save percentage.
Schmidt concluded his solid career with Rutgers in 2003 as the squad’s fifth-leading scorer with 24 points (17 goals, seven assists). In a 12-11 overtime victory against No. 4 Syracuse, Schmidt had three goals. For his efforts, Schmidt was selected to play in the North/South All-Star game. He had 31 goals and 19 assists over his four years as a Scarlet Knight and currently plays professionally for the New Jersey Pride of the Major Lacrosse League.