Head coach Regy Thorpe and U.S. Indoor national team have announced their final 23-man roster for the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The roster includes the addition of Davey Emala and Adam Osika, but the most notable change is the exemption of righty forward Tom Schreiber.
Schreiber, the face of American box lacrosse, will not be playing for Team USA at the 2019 WILC in Langley, BC after dislocating his shoulder on September 6th in a PLL playoff game with Archers LC.
This is Schreiber’s second major injury in just over a year as he suffered a knee injury while playing with the Toronto Rock in the NLL back in February of 2018. While he did miss some action that season with the Rock, he suited up for Team USA at the field world championships in Israel last summer before having surgery last September.
Last season in the NLL, Schreiber helped lead the Toronto Rock to the East Division finals and led the team in points with 94 (29G/65A).
Losing Schreiber is a huge blow to Team USA and greatly decrease any chance they had at trying to win their first gold medal at the WILC, a task that Team USA has yet to achieve, or even compete with Canada or the Iroquois. Their top offensive play makers now look to be Kieran McArdle, Joe Resetartis, and others.