October 11, 2010

Seibald, Rabil Propel U.S. Past Pesky Harvard at Stars and Stripes Weekend

by Dan Hickling | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Team USA newcomer Max Quinzani dodges the wing against a Harvard long pole Sunday in a 17-12 U.S. exhibition victory.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- They put the band back together.

Well, not all of it.

But the rhythm section was pumping in time for the first reunion of the U.S. men's national team since it captured the FIL World Championship gold medal last July in Manchester, England.

Nine members of that squad, augmented by several others hopeful of taking part in the 2014 title defense, took the field Sunday and defeated a surprisingly pesky Harvard team, 17-12, in an exhibition contest at Harvard Stadium during the US Lacrosse Stars and Stripes Weekend.

Max Seibald netted five goals to pace Team USA, while Paul Rabil chipped in four more.

Dean Gibbons, a former U.S. U19 team player who showed why he could be a national team candidate in 2014, led the Crimson with four goals.

“It was awesome,” said Seibald, who was among those striking gold in Manchester. “It wasn't everybody. But to get this crew together was a lot of fun. Any opportunity we have to put on the red, white and blue and compete together is something we look forward to. I think a lot of us take a lot of pride in wearing these colors, and competing as hard as we can.”

Team USA received plenty of resistance from the Crimson, who deadlocked them six separate times.

The last of those came 1:34 into the fourth quarter and knotted the score at 11-11.

But the U.S. took off on a seven-goal run and blew the game open late.

“Anytime you step on the field,” said Kevin Cassese, co-captain of the 2010 U.S. team who served as head coach Sunday, “you want to compete. That's what we said to our guys. 'Let's play hard. Let's have some fun. And let's try to win.' That's obviously what we tried to do.”

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