HEADstrong Announces The Attack Cancer National Experience Team
(Philadelphia, Penn., June 23, 2021) – The HEADstrong Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Attack Cancer National Experience Team, an elite level squad that will debut in the 2022-23 Gold Division at the Lake Placid Summit Classic in August.
The team, comprised of seven attackmen, eight midfielders, five defenders, two faceoff specialists and two goalies, brings together some of the best players in the 2022 and 2023 classes while also giving them an opportunity to use their platform to pair their passion for the game with purpose and philanthropy. All members of the team will raise a specific domination prior to the event and also have the ability to unlock limited edition equipment and gear based on their fundraising efforts.
Competing in an exclusive division that will showcase the best talent in the country, the Attack Cancer National Experience Team will be coached by an incredible staff, led by current Syracuse assistant coach Dave Pietramala. He will be assisted by Mike Murphy, an assistant coach with the Whipsnakes of the PLL, and University of Albany head coach Scott Marr. HEADstrong has partnered with New Balance and Powell Lacrosse to outfit the team with exclusive uniforms and gear for the event.
“HEADstrong is a great connector that ties all aspects of our game together for the greater good,” Pat Colleluori, HEADstrong Chief Development Officer and Nick’s Brother, explained. “We are beyond thrilled to build upon our commitment to improving lives affected by cancer through the Attack Cancer National Experience. We were determined to provide a new way to bring athletes closer to the game while connecting them with our story, family and mission. For scholastic level athletes, this may be the first chance for them to play for something bigger than themselves. Through this experience, we are looking forward to making many memories on the field with athletes and their families.”
Suiting up on defense will be Jordan Beck, AJ Larkin, Logan Mueller and Nick Payne. A senior at Calvert Hall in Towson, Maryland, Beck plays club lacrosse for Team 91 MD Fire. Larkin, a senior at Loyola Blakefield High School, also in Towson, is committed to continuing his lacrosse career at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2022. He plays his club lacrosse at FCA MD. A senior at the Brunswick School, Mueller will suit up for Rutgers starting in the fall of 2022 and plays club for Predators. Rounding out the defensive corps, Payne is a senior at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Maryland who plays his club lacrosse with Koppers. He is committed to continuing his lacrosse career at UMass Lowell in the fall of 2022.
On attack are Eliot Dubick, Braeden Klausner, Michael Leo, Alec Levy, James Matan, Aidan O’Neil and Dominic Pietramala. Dubick, a senior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, is committed to continue his lacrosse career at Maryland in the fall of 2022 and plays club for DC Express. A senior at St. Paul’s in Baltimore, Klausner plays his club lacrosse for Koppers. Leo, who attends St. Anthony’s in Melville, NY, will continue his career at Syracuse in 2022 and plays club for Igloo.
A senior at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC, Levy plays his club lacrosse for DC Express. His club teammate, Matan, is a senior at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. who will suit up for the University of North Carolina in the fall of 2022. O’Neil, a senior at Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., is committed to play at the University of Utah in the fall of 2022 and is a member of the Boston Laxachusetts club. Pietramala, who will continue his lacrosse career at North Carolina in the fall of 2022, is a senior at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in Baltimore who plays club lacrosse for the Annapolis Hawks.
Holding down the midfield will be Lucas Baehr, Hugh Brown, Jonny Cool, Patrick Crogan, Nate Crouse, Timmy Myers, Will Schaller and Ryan Splaine. Baehr, a senior at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, plays club lacrosse for the Baltimore Crabs. His high school and club teammate, Brown is committed to continue his career at Loyola University in the fall of 2022. Another member of the McDonogh School team, Cool plays club lacrosse for Team 91 MD Fire and will suit up at Ohio State in the fall of 2022. Crogan, a senior at Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., is committed to continue his lacrosse career at Georgetown University and plays club with Boston Laxachusetts.
A senior at Boys’ Latin of Maryland, Crouse plays club lacrosse for Team 91 MD Fire and will continue his career collegiately at the Air Force Academy in the fall of 2022. Myers, a senior at St. St. Anne’s Belfield in Charlottesville, Virginia, will continue his lacrosse career at the Naval Academy in the fall of 2022 and plays club lacrosse for DC Express. Schaller a senior that attends the Hill School in Pottstown, Penn., will continue his lacrosse career at Maryland in the fall of 2022 and plays his club lacrosse with DC Express. A senior at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., Splaine plays club for DC Express and will suit up for Rutgers in the fall of 2022.
In the faceoff circle for the Attack Cancer National Experience Team will be Mac Eldridge and Jackie Weller while Tommy Lubin and Anthony Wilson will hold it down between the pipes for the team. Eldridge, a senior at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Maryland, will be continuing his career collegiately at the University of Virginia. He plays club lacrosse for DC Express. Weller, who is a senior at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, plays for the MadLax Capital Club program. Lubin, a senior at Calvert Hall, plays club for the Baltimore Crabs and will play collegiately at Marquette University in the fall of 2022. A senior at the McDonogh School, Wilson also plays for the Baltimore Crabs and will join the squad at Villanova University in the fall of 2022.
As a charitable organization that leverages the power of athletics as a mechanism to improve lives affected by cancer, the HEADstrong Foundation has built significant relationships with lacrosses most respected event operators, brands, personalities, coaches, teams and athletes. Those relationships will be on full display throughout the Attack Cancer National Experience from the destinations to the competition level to accommodations and limited edition gear. For more information on the HEADstrong Foundation please visit www.HEADstrong.org or follow on social media at @HEADstrongFND.