Blue Hens to Welcome Seven HS AAs this Fall

NEWARK, Del. -- Tyler Barbarich, one of seven high school All-Americans in the 2011 University of Delaware men's lacrosse recruiting class, has been selected to represent his country on the men's U.S. National Under-19 team.

Barbarich, a midfielder and faceoff specialist from Martinsville, N.J. and a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, was one of 23 players selected to the team that will train to compete in the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 Men's World Championships in Turku, Finland next summer.

The four-day tryout camp was held earlier this month at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Among the 123 players trying out for the squad were current Blue Hen rising sophomore Connor McRoy and incoming freshman Beau Jones.

McRoy was a key member of the 2011 University of Delaware squad that posted an 11-7 record, claimed its second straight Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to defending national champion Duke 15-14 in the opening round. Head coach Bob Shillinglaw's squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last five season. McRoy played in 13 games at midfielder and scored two goals with two assists as a freshman during the season.

Barbarich is among seven incoming high school All-Americans set to compete for the Blue Hens beginning this fall. He will be joined by Jones, an attackman from Maple Glen, Pa. (Germantown Academy); goalkeeper David Noftsinger of Richmond, Va. (Collegiate School); midfielder Elijah Conte of South Orange, N.J. (Glen Ridge HS); midfielder Jeff Heath of Newtown Square, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep); attackman Chase Fisher of Deephaven, Minn. (Minnetonka HS); and midfielder Bennett Packer of Birmingham, Mich. (Brother Rice HS).

"Going into this tryout I was just real happy to get invited," Barbarich told in a recent interview. "I figured it was a great experience. But then I started facing off really well and felt I had a good shot as a FOGO once we left. "It's going to be great to represent our country. It's an honor."

The US coach is Tim Flynn, head coach at Mountain Lakes, which plays Bridgewater-Raritan. This past year Barbarich was named the New Jersey Midfielder of the Year and led Bridgewater-Raritan to the Group IV and Tournament of Champions titles.

"The seven sessions over the four days of tryouts were absolutely inspiring," Nathaniel Badder, US Lacrosse Director of National Teams said. "We brought in a truly national pool of players, coaches, and evaluators, and the competition on the field was off the charts. And, through a fair and efficient process, picked a team that we believe is capable of defending the gold medal at the 2012 FIL U19 World Championship in Finland next summer."


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