By Samantha Blair | 7/9/14 10:00 AM
When it comes to the FIL World Lacrosse Championships, USA will have some very strong competition. With 23 players on Team USA, Major League Lacrosse is very proud to also have fifteen men competing for Team Canada in this year’s games.
Transitioning from box lacrosse to the traditional American field game tends to be easier for attackmen, which is why Canada has been historically strong offensively. This year the 2014 national team has a solid roster for the entire field. The Canadians are expected to have a good showing this week as the team is made up of a well-balanced array of players from six of the eight MLL teams. The competition will be especially tough as Canada faces USA and the Iroquois Nationals, two teams also stacked with fellow MLL teammates.
The Midfield will be a battleground with some of the league’s best players coming together under Team Canada. Jordan Hall and Kevin Crowley will be representing the Launch in the upcoming Championships along with Chesapeake’s David Earl. Crowley is no stranger to the Canadian National Team having played both in 2008 and 2010. Crowley was traded to Chesapeake yesterday but the 2013 Warrior MVP recorded 17 points so far with the florida Launch. Charlotte faceoff specialist Geoff Snider will also be present in the midfield at the X.
Rochester’s Mark Matthews is having an awesome season with the Rattlers, scoring eight points in his first three games. Like Crowley, he too has had success in the world of Canadian lacrosse. He won the Minto Cups in 2010 and 2011, and is staying in touch with his national roots by playing in the Canadian WLA for the Langely Thunder.
Chesapeake’s Kyle Rubisch and Jason Noble along with Boston’s Brodie Merrill will play defense for Team Canada. Merrill will be making his third national team appearance. Currently ranked second for groundballs (48) on the Cannon’s squad, Merrill’s experience and skill will be relied upon to strengthen the defensive half of the field.
Most of the MLL teams have an athlete on the Canadian roster, but many of the national team players come from the Mile High city of Denver. While some of the Outlaws haven’t been in the league that long, their performances in a short time frame bode well for Canada. Attackman Curtis Dickson is having an amazing first year in the MLL with 16 points in the 5 games he’s played. Midfielder Cameron Holding has three points after playing just three games.
Aside from the newcomers, there will be quite a few veteran Outlaws playing in red and white. Cam Flint, Jeremy Noble, Dillon Roy, and Zack Greer will also be participating. In his younger years Greer spent some time in the Canadian spotlight, scoring 16 goals in the 2003 U-19 World Championships to bring his team to victory. After earning IFL All-World Team honors, Greer will be looking for some more national glory in the upcoming weeks.
Unfortunately John Grant Jr. will not be able to play alongside his fellow Outlaws due to a medical condition that requires prescription medication not approved by the FIL TUE Committee. The denial of Therapeutic Use Exemption will inhibit Grant’s ability to represent his home nation. Rochester’s Jordan MacIntosh, who holds the second most points (22) for the Rattlers, will fill Grant’s position on the Canadian Roster.
Thirty-eight nations will be participating in this year’s world championship. Make sure to check out Canada’s first game against the United States this Thursday, July 10th at 7 PM (MT).