In the summer of 2001, just after concluding his All-America career at Princeton with an NCAA championship, Matt Striebel was among those invited to try out for the U.S. Men’s National Team. He describes that tryout as the most physically grueling test in his career. 

Striebel emerged as one of the 23 players selected to represent the United States at the World Championships in 2002, the first of three U.S. teams that he would play on in his career. But just a few weeks following the tryout in 2001, the attacks of 9/11 occurred, bringing even greater significance to wearing the red, white and blue uniform.

“Pretty much everything in your life is suddenly changed,” said Striebel, who is being inducted as a truly great player to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2019.

He shared his memories of playing for Team USA in 2002 and representing his country in international competition. 

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life.

Striebel and the other members of the Class of 2019 will be officially recognized at the induction ceremony in Hunt Valley, Maryland on Saturday, October 19. RPS Bollinger and the Markel Insurance Company serve as sponsors of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 

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