Former Sea Gull Eric Martin selected to 2010 US National Team
BALTIMORE, Md. - Former Salisbury University All-American Eric Martin was selected to the 2010 U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Team 23-man roster, as announced by US Lacrosse on Monday morning. As part of the team, Martin will compete in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championships, which will take place in Manchester, England from July 14-24, 2010.
Martin was part of a 41-man training team that competed in several exhibitions over three weekends in West Point, N.Y., Baltimore, Md., and Stony Brook, N.Y. That training team was then cut down to the FIL mandated 23-man roster by the US Lacrosse men's national team committee.
"I want to congratulate the entire pool of players on their efforts, attitude and stellar play over three tremendous weekends this fall," said Team USA head coach Mike Pressler. "Without question, this was the best way to go in this thorough and, at times, exhausting process. We feel these 23 men give us the best chance to win the gold at the 2010 world championship in Manchester."
Martin, a two-time first-team All-American defender for the Sea Gulls, is currently 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; he 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 was 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 is the first Salisbury Lacrosse player to make the US National Team. In addition, Martin is the first Division III player to make the U.S. National Team since Tim Schurr of Washington & Lee University in 2002.
Martin and the rest of the 23-man squad will make their first official appearance together at the 2010 US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 15-17, 2010. Later that month, on Jan. 30 and 31, the National team will hit the field at the Champion Challenge at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. against Duke University and the United States Military Academy at West Point.