TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
Peter DeLuca one of just 12 goalies nationally selected to try out for US under-19 team
Peter DeLuca is one of just 12 goalies to be invited by US Lacrosse to try out for the U.S. national under-19 team that will travel to Turku, Finland in 2012 for the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships.

DeLuca is also one of only 122 players overall who have been invited to the tryout period from July 7-10 at University of Maryland-Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md.

"We have assembled an excellent group of talented, strong players," Team USA head coach Tim Flynn said in a statement. "It is a deep and versatile pool that will make the tryouts very competitive and enable us to assemble an outstanding team to contend for the seventh-straight world championship title for the United States."

US Lacrosse said it received 273 high school and college applicants from 32 states for Team USA tryouts. DeLuca is the only goalie out of the 12-man pool who has NCAA experience. As a freshman, the netminder started every game for JU, making 169 saves while posting a .508 save percentage and an 11.60 goals-against average in leading the Dolphins to its first-ever appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.

“Peter turned into a tremendous leader and stopper for us this spring,” JU head coach Matt Kerwick said. “He will thrive at the tryout because he is so consistent and plays with a great poise. We are excited for him because he is such a hard worker and always striving to improve. It will be a great experience and good outlet for him to display his skills.”

After winning an opening competition before the season, DeLuca won five games and twice recorded 20 saves. His best effort game in JU’s regular season finale when he registered a 20 saves against the defending national-champion (and seventh-ranked) Duke Blue Devils.

Freshman goalie Peter DeLuca was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s “Rookie of the Week” after tying a career high with 20 saves against No. 7 Duke, the league announced on Monday.

Against Duke, DeLuca made six stops in the fourth quarter alone, holding the high-octane attack to just 10 goals on 46 shots faced in front of 2,043 in attendance.

"This is a truly impressive group, including All-American, all-state, and all-conference players from all over the country," Nathaniel Badder, US Lacrosse director of national teams, said in a release. "We had record interest in the team this year, and to whittle the pool down this far was challenging enough. Our final team selectors certainly have their work cut out for them."