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10 L.I. players on USA U19 team

Smithown West's Kyle Keenan is pressured by Sachem

Smithown West's Kyle Keenan is pressured by Sachem North's Paulie Coppola in the Suffolk high school boys lacrosse game. (April 27, 2011) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Ten Long Island players were named to the prestigious 23-man U.S. Lacrosse under-19 team after intense tryouts July 7-10 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

No other region in the country had more selections on the squad, which will play in the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse U19 Men’s World Championships next summer in Turku, Finland.

Chaminade and St. Anthony’s had two players each among the Long Island contingent. The Flyers chosen were attack Matt Kavanagh and midfield Sean Mahon. The Friars selected were midfield Charlie Raffa and defense Greg Danseglio.

Here are all the Long Islanders named to the U19 team, with their college destinations:


Matt Kavanagh, Chaminade, Notre Dame

Kyle Keenan, Smithtown West, Duke (above)

Joe Leonard, Hicksville, St. John's


Sean Mahon, Chaminade, Harvard

Charlie Raffa, St. Anthony's, Maryland 


Greg Danseglio, St. Anthony's, Virginia

Rob Enright, Massapequa, Johns Hopkins

Stephen Jahelka, Garden City, Harvard


Zach Oliveri, Connetquot, Massachusetts

Kyle Turri, West Islip, Duke


Tom Rotanz of Shoreham-Wading River is one of the team’s assistant coaches and took part in the tryout process that included seven sessions over four days to select the final team from among 123 candidates. Players from eight states are represented. 

Kyle Turri’s brother Justin (West Islip, Duke) played attack on the U.S. team that won the 2008 world championship.


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