(CANADIAN LACROSSE ASSOCIATION) Five months from the opening game of the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC), the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Team Canada Lacrosse announces its 37-man national training roster.
The 37 Canadian players, selected by Head Coach Eddie Comeau and his 2015 Team Canada coaching staff, will come together this summer for final selection and will look for a competitive opportunity and more training time prior to the start of the Worlds event.
The applications the CLA received for the 2015 Senior Men’s Indoor National Team is a true testament to the depth of extremely talented and skilled lacrosse players there are across the country. “The coaching and scouting staff and I were extremely impressed by the quality of players in our selection pool,” said Comeau. “We had tough decisions to make to narrow down this field to the current group. We will continue to watch and evaluate each candidate as we move towards our final roster of 23 players.”
TEAM CANADA LACROSSE 37-MAN TRAINING ROSTER
|Player||Minor Association||2015 Summer Team|
|Aaron Bold||Esquimslt Eagles/Sannich Tigers||Victoria Sr. A Shamrocks (WLA)|
|Adam Jones||Owen Sound Northstars||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)|
|Billy Dee Smith||St. Catharines Spartan Warriors||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)|
|Brad Self||Peterborough Minor Lacrosse||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)|
|Brandon Miller||Orangeville Northmen||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)|
|Brett Mydske||New Westminster Salmonbellies||Langley Thunder (WLA)|
|Brodie Merrill||Orangeville Northmen||Boston Cannons (MLL)|
|Callum Crawford||Gloucester Griffins||—|
|Chris Corbeil||Burlington Chiefs/Oakville Hawks||Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)|
|Cory Vitarelli||Peterborough Minor Lacrosse||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)|
|Curtis Dickson||Port Coquitlam Saints||Maple Ridge Burrards (WLA)|
|Dan Coates||Spartan Warriors (St. Catharines)||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)|
|Dan Dawson||Oakville Hawks||Victoria Sr. A Shamrocks (WLA)|
|Dhane Smith||Kitchener Minor Lacrosse||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)|
|Dillon Ward||Orangeville Northmen||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)|
|Jason Noble||Orangeville Northmen||Oakville Rock (MSL)|
|Jesse Gamble||Guelph Regals||Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)|
|Joey Cupido||Hamilton Minor Lacrosse||Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks (MSL)|
|Jordan Hall||Surrey Minor Lacrosse||—|
|Jordan MacIntosh||Oakville Hawks||Oakville Rock (MSL)|
|Kevin Crowley||New Westminster Salmonbellies||—|
|Kiel Matisz||Hamilton Bengals/Burlington Chiefs||Brooklin Redmen (MSL)|
|Kyle Rubisch||Brampton Excelsiors||Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)|
|Mark Matthews||Whitby Minor Lacrosse||Undecided|
|Matt Vinc||St. Catharines Athletics||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)|
|Paul Dawson||Oakville Hawks||Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)|
|Rhys Duch||Saanich Tigers||Victoria Sr. A Shamrocks (WLA)|
|Rob Hellyer||Owen Sound Northstars||Oakville Rock (MSL)|
|Ryan Benesch||Kitchener-Waterloo Braves||Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks (MSL)|
|Ryan Dilks||Hamilton Bengals||Victoria Sr. A Shamrocks (WLA)|
|Sandy Chapman||Acton Minor Lacrosse||Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)|
|Scott Campbell||Markham Thunder||Brooklin Redmen (MSL)|
|Shawn Evans||Peterborough Minor Lacrosse||Peterborough Lakers (MSL)|
|Stephan Leblanc||Burlington Chiefs||Oakville Rock (MSL)|
|Steve Priolo||St. Catharines Athletics||Brooklin Redmen (MSL)|
|Tyler Richards||Coquitlam Adanacs||Burnaby Lakers (WLA)|
|Zack Greer||Whitby Minor Lacrosse||Denver Outlaws (MLL) (Field)|
Each player will continue to play for their professional team and will join their Canadian summer teams in the time leading up to the final selection, the final team training camps and the start of WILC. During that time, their play and development will be under evaluation by the Team Canada staff.
Canada is unbeaten in international play with a 17-0 record in the three World Championships. Canada last faced the Haudenosaunee Nation in the 2011 World finals in Prague, Czech Republic, defeating them for the third-straight time in a WILC final 13-6.
“The growth and development of box lacrosse internationally and the contributions that Canada made with initiating the WILC makes the Canadian lacrosse community proud,” commented Johnny Mouradian, CLA’s National Team Director – Box, when speaking to Canada’s role in the international indoor lacrosse community. The game is certainly growing internationally, Mouradian continued “the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship started with six countries in 2003, grew to eight countries in 2007 and 2011; now in 2015, there will be thirteen competing in Syracuse.”
This fall The Onondaga Nation will host 13 nations from around the world as Team Canada competes for the world title September 18-27. The games will be played at three venues: the War Memorial Arena; Onondaga Nation Arena; with the bronze and gold medal games played at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on Sunday, September 27th. The game schedule is not currently set but it is likely Canada will open their quest for gold on the first day of competition, September 19.
Once the final schedule is set, the CLA will release the information to fans on lacrosse.ca. Fans can follow Team Canada leading up to the worlds on Twitter @CanadaLacrosse. During the Worlds, fans are encouraged to follow Team Canada live on Twitter and visit www.lacrosse.ca for post-game reactions and reports.
Original Article on CLA Website:
Team Canada Lacrosse Names Training Roster for 2015 Worlds
2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Website: http://wilc2015.com/
About the Canadian Lacrosse Association
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada and oversees the Canadian Championships and any international events that are awarded by the international federation (FIL). With the support of its valued corporate partners – Gait and Adidas – along with the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation, the CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members and leading our partners and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate from the grassroots to the national team level. We value health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork.
For more details on the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit www.lacrosse.ca