BELMONT, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey men's lacrosse program will send four players, two alumni, and two current players, to compete in the World Games this summer.
2016 alum Devin Cruz was selected to the Puerto Rican national team. Cruz was named a Division II All-America second team during his senior year, and also played in the North-South All-Star game that season. He caused 54 turnovers and picked up 81 ground balls that year. Another 2016 graduate, David Salter, was selected to play for the Latvian national team. Salter, who also was a defenseman, caused 11 turnovers, while earning 28 ground balls his senior season.
Bryan DePass, currently a junior with the Crusaders, was selected to the Jamaican national team. DePass has scored nine goals in his collegiate career. Collin Grippo, currently a sophomore, is the first alternate for the Irish national team. Grippo played in 17 games as a freshman last year. He scored 12 goals and handed out two assists, for a total of 14 points. He also picked up 33 ground balls.
Head Coach Chris Barrett offered the following comments on his players' selections: "I could not be more proud of these guys for competing and making National Teams for the upcoming world games. It is a privilege and honor to be able to represent your heritage and I know all four of these guys will do that to the best of their ability. I am also excited about the fact that Belmont Abbey College and the Belmont Abbey Men's Lacrosse program will be represented on an International stage. This is a very exciting time for these four players and our program and I look forward to seeing them in action this summer representing their respective countries."
Belmont Abbey will open its regular season against Rollins College on Saturday, February 3. That game will begin at 1 p.m. on Alumni Field.