Stephen Jahelka and Team USA will begin the 2012 Lacrosse World Championships by facing Australia July 13 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's lacrosse sophomore Stephen Jahelka was voted by his teammates to be one of the three captains for the Team USA Under-19 squad. Jahelka had a stand out freshman season with Harvard, leading the team in caused turnovers (17) and tied for second in ground balls (33).
Jahelka will lead Team USA across the pond to Turku, Finland for the FIL Under-19 World Championships, beginning with the opening ceremonies July 12 and running through July 21. Team USA hopes to continue its string of six consecutive gold medals in U19 world competition.
Traveling with Jahleka to Finland are fellow Crimson teammates Sean Mahon and Daniel Eipp. Eipp, a junior attackman, was second in scoring on the Crimson (24 goals, 18 assists, 42 points), while Mahon, a sophomore midfielder, went 17-of-38 in faceoffs in 13 games.
"It's a great honor for Stephen to be voted Captain of the U.S. U-19 National team," said Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. "To be recognized as a leader amongst leaders is a tribute to his character, leadership and ability. Stephen, along with Daniell Eipp & Sean Mahon, will be great ambassadors for Harvard and U.S. Lacrosse."
The three Crimson players will see their first action with Team USA July 13 against Australia. Team USA is bracketed in the Blue division and will have to play Canada July 14, England July 15, and Iroquois Nationals July 17.