July 13, 2017
By Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Former Notre Dame standout, Matt Kavanagh '16, has been selected to the 2018 U.S. Men's Training Team. The 49 players will prepare to compete in the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship. The selections were made following tryouts July 10-12 at US Lacrosse headquarters.
Kavanagh was the first player in Notre Dame program history to earn All-America honors in all four years with the Irish. The attackman led the 2016 Irish in scoring with 50 points and a team-leading 29 assists. The three-time all-ACC pick stands second on the Notre Dame career scoring list with 225 points (122 goals and 103 assists, both totals ranking third on Notre Dame's career charts). Kavanagh registered at least three points in 10 of the 14 contests in which he played in 2016.
A Tewaaraton Award finalist in 2015, he notched at least six points 13 times during his career. Kavanagh was the fifth overall pick in the 2016 MLL Draft by Denver and helped the team win the MLL title in his first year with the team.
The team will return to US Lacrosse for a training weekend over Labor Day Weekend in early September and then have two more competitions leading up the world championship. The Team USA Fall Classic will be held at US Lacrosse on the weekend of Oct. 6-9 and the team will play in the Team USA Spring Premiere in Florida in early January.
The FIL Men's World Championship will be held in Netanya, Israel from July 12-21, 2018.
Since 1967, the U.S. has won a gold or silver medal at every men's international world championship in field lacrosse. The U.S. won gold in 1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010. The U.S. finished as the runner-up to Canada in 1978, 2006 and 2014.
For more information on the U.S. men's national team, visit teamusa.uslacrosse.org.
The University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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Robby Hamman joined Fighting Irish Media as athletics communications assistant director in September 2016, coordinating efforts for the volleyball and men's lacrosse program. Hamman is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College, where he earned bachelor's degrees in sport management and business administration, and earned his master's degree in business administration from Defiance College in 2013.