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Matt Striebel on the U.S. Team Try-Outs

25 January 2014

In advance of this weekend's Champion Challenge, we're running this piece from the December issue of Inside Lacrosse. The Signature Style sequence, which ran in the back of the magazine accompanied by an edited version of this Q&A, featured a goal Striebel scored in last September's initial try-out. Since then, Striebel has continued through the try-out process and will play in the final evaluation phase this weekend before finding out whether he made the 23-man team that'll compete in Denver in July at the 2014 FIL World Championship.

Below, read Striebel's account of the play and the process, which — in his writerly way — evolved into a treatise on his thoughts on competition, which is at the heart of the Champion Challenge.

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