SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Former Salisbury University All-American Eric Martin was selected to the 2010 U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Training Team as announced by US Lacrosse. Martin is one of 40 players selected to the national training team after a three-day tryout at Bryant University.
All 40 players, tabbed by a 14-member player selection committee, advance with an opportunity to compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England, from July 10-24, 2010. Team USA will compete in three training weekends during the fall of 2009. After those three weekends, the roster will be cut to the FIL-mandated size of 23 players for the world championship.
Martin, who was one of several players to miss the tryout due to injury, was one of two former Division III players to be named to the 40-man training roster. Stephen Berger, a former midfielder from Washington (Md.) College, is the other Division III representative.
Martin, a two-time All-American first team defender for the Sea Gulls, is a member of the Denver Outlaws in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the official outdoor professional league. The Norfolk, Va., native has played in the professional league for five seasons and has made the All-Star team with the San Francisco Dragons the past two seasons. Martin is also an All-Star in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), the professional indoor league. Martin stars on the San Jose Stealth where he was named a league All-Star in 2008. Martin was named the 2004 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year and is a two-time National Defenseman of the Year recipient (2003, 2004) as a Sea Gull. In three seasons with Salisbury he tallied five goals and nine assists. He was also a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference team selection (2002, '03, '04) and the 2004 CAC Player of the Year. He helped SU win back-to-back national championships in 2003 and '04.
Martin will attempt to become the first Salisbury University lacrosse player to make the U.S. National Team. Former Gull Justin Smith was invited to the 84-person tryout but did not make the training team. Smith was invited to the tryout in 2006 with three other former Sea Gulls; Joe High, Jeff Bigas and Sean White.
The last Division III player to make a U.S. National Team was defenseman Tim Schurr (Washington & Lee) in 2002.