LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 8/18/11
From Press Releases
Incoming St. John’s lacrosse freshman Joseph Leonard was among the 23 players named to the United States Under-19 men’s national lacrosse team after a four-day tryout at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) this weekend. Leonard, a versatile attackman who will suit up for the Red Storm in 2012, will compete at the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U-19 Men’s World Championships in Turku, Finland next summer.
The Hicksville, N.Y., native, who will come to St. John’s from Hicksville High School, was named a High School All-American and Nassau County’s Attackman of the Year in 2011. Leonard now marks the second-straight High School All-American to come to St. John’s from Hicksville High School after rising sophomore James Lang received the same honor a year ago.
“We’re extremely excited for Joey and his family,” said St. John’s head lacrosse coach Jason Miller. “It’s a tremendous honor and will be a great learning experience for him.”
Leonard will be the first St. John’s lacrosse student-athlete to ever play on the U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Under-19 Squad.
“We are very fortunate to get a recruit of Joey’s caliber, and excited for what it does to our program,” said Miller.
The 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship will take place in Turku, Finland, where Team USA will look to defend its title from 2008, when it defeated Canada, 19-12, to claim gold in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
In other Red Storm lacrosse news, rising junior Jordan Rothman was named to the Jewish Sports Review’s 2011 Men’s All-America Lacrosse Team. Rothman, who was St. John’s primary faceoff man in 2011, is one of 12 student-athletes to earn first-team honors. The Bidgewater, N.J., native won 146-of-293 faceoffs for a .498 percentage. Rothman also finished the campaign ranked second on the team with 52 ground balls, and tallied one goal and two assists for a total of three points.