Schedule Released for FIL World Championship

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BALTIMORE — The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has announced the complete schedule and division alignments for the 2014 FIL Men’s World Championship, which takes place July 10-19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., the “Official Competition City” for the world championship.

A record 38 nations will participate in this year’s world championship and will play 142 games over 10 days, beginning with a rematch of the last world championship game. The event opens on Thursday, July 10 with the opening ceremony at 5 p.m., followed by the host United States team battling Canada. The U.S. beat Canada, 12-10, in the 2010 world championship in Manchester, England.

The field is broken into nine divisions, with the top six teams competing in the Blue Division. The other eight divisions all have four teams and are not grouped by world ranking.

The Blue Division has six days of pool play (July 10-15) and the top four teams in the Blue Division advance to the quarterfinal round. The top two seeds receive a bye into the semifinals. The other eight divisions have three pool play games and will begin bracket play on July 14. The top team in each of the eight divisions after pool play will have the opportunity to advance to the quarterfinal round of the championship bracket.

In addition to the FIL World Championship, more than 150 teams are already registered for the boys’ youth and men’s elite/master’s World Festivals, which will be held in conjunction with the world championship at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

This is the first time the quadrennial FIL Men’s World Championship has been held in the United States since 1998 when it was played in Baltimore.

For more information about the 2014 FIL World Championship, including ticket package details, please visit


Blue Division
United States

Green Division

Grey Division
Costa Rica
Czech Republic

Orange Division
Republic of Korea

Plum Division
New Zealand

Red Division
Hong Kong

Turquoise Division

White Division

Yellow Division

Schedule (All times Mountain)

Thursday, July 10
5 p.m. – Opening Ceremony, Stadium
7 p.m. – United States vs. Canada, Stadium

Friday, July 11
8 a.m. – Netherlands vs. China, Field 10
8:30 a.m. – Latvia vs. Switzerland, Field 8
9 a.m. – Italy vs. Norway, Field 4
9 a.m. – Bermuda vs. France, Field 6
9:30 a.m. – Hong Kong vs. Austria, Field 1
9:30 a.m. – Wales vs. Russia, Field 3
11 a.m. – Scotland vs. Thailand, Field 10
11:30 a.m. – Finland vs. Colombia, Field 2
11:30 a.m. – Slovakia vs. Korea, Field 5
11:30 a.m. – Sweden vs. Israel, Field 8
12 p.m. – Czech Republic vs. Turkey, Field 6
12:30 p.m. – Poland vs. Costa Rica, Field 1
12:30 p.m. – New Zealand vs. Argentina, Field 3
12:30 p.m. – Spain vs. Mexico, Field 4
2 p.m. – Germany vs. Belgium, Field 10
2:30 p.m. – Ireland vs. Uganda, Field 8
5 p.m. – Australia vs. Japan, Stadium
8 p.m. – England vs. Iroquois, Stadium

Saturday, July 12
8 a.m. – Korea vs. Sweden, Field 10
8:30 a.m. – Austria vs. Germany, Field 8
9:30 a.m. – Uganda vs. Bermuda, Field 2
9:30 a.m. – Norway vs. Netherlands, Field 3
9:30 a.m. – Colombia vs. Spain, Field 6
10:30 a.m. – Russia vs. New Zealand, Field 1
11 a.m. – France vs. Ireland, Field 10
11:30 a.m. – Belgium vs. Hong Kong, Field 5
11:30 a.m. – Argentina vs. Wales, Field 8
12 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Scotland, Field 4
12:30 p.m. – Thailand vs. Latvia, Field 2
12:30 p.m. – China vs. Italy, Field 3
12:30 p.m. – Turkey vs. Poland, Field 6
2 p.m. – Japan vs. Iroquois, Field 10
2:30 p.m. – Finland vs. Mexico, Field 8
5 p.m. – Australia vs. United States, Field 10
5:30 p.m. – Costa Rica vs. Czech Republic, Field 8
8 p.m. – Canada vs. England, Field 10

8:30 p.m. – Israel vs. Slovakia, Field 8

Sunday, July 13
8 a.m. – Wales vs. New Zealand, Field 10
8:30 a.m. – Czech Republic vs. Poland, Field 8
9 a.m. – Scotland vs. Latvia, Field 4
9:30 a.m. – Thailand vs. Switzerland, Field 1
9:30 a.m. – Belgium vs. Austria, Field 6
10 a.m. – Russia vs. Argentina, Field 3
10 a.m. – Colombia vs. Mexico, Field 5
11 a.m. – Germany vs. Hong Kong, Field 10
11:30 a.m. – Israel vs. Korea, Field 2
11:30 a.m. – Finland vs. Spain, Field 8
12 p.m. – Uganda vs. France, Field 4
12:30 p.m. – China vs. Norway, Field 1
2:30 p.m. – Sweden vs. Slovakia, Field 6
1 p.m. – Turkey vs. Costa Rica, Field 3
2 p.m. – England vs. Australia, Field 10
2:30 p.m. – Netherlands vs. Italy, Field 8
5 p.m. – United States vs. Japan, Field 10
5:30 p.m. – Ireland vs. Bermuda, Field 8
8 p.m. – Iroquois vs. Canada, Field 10

Monday, July 14
8 a.m. – White #1 vs. Turquoise #1 (Game 4), Field 10
8:30 a.m. – Grey #2 vs. Red #2 (Game 5), Field 8
9 a.m. – Plum #4 vs. Green #4 (Game 15), Field 5
9:30 a.m. – Grey #4 vs. Red #4 (Game 13), Field 1
9:30 a.m. – Turquoise #4 vs. White #4 (Game 16), Field 6
10 a.m. – White #3 vs. Turquoise #3 (Game 12), Field 4
11 a.m. – Yellow #3 vs. Orange #3 (Game 10), Field 2
11 a.m. – Red #1 vs. Grey #1 (Game 1), Field 10
11:30 a.m. – Orange #4 vs. Yellow #4 (Game 14), Field 3
11:30 a.m. – Turquoise #2 vs. White #2 (Game 8), Field 8
12 p.m. – Plum #2 vs. Green #2 (Game 7), Field 5
12:30 p.m. – Red #3 vs. Grey #3 (Game 9), Field 1
12:30 p.m. – Orange #2 vs. Yellow #2 (Game 6), Field 6
1 p.m. – Green #3 vs. Plum #3 (Game 11), Field 4
2 p.m. – Japan vs. Canada, Field 10
2:30 p.m. – Green #1 vs. Plum #1 (Game 3), Field 8
5 p.m. – England vs. United States, Field 10
5:30 p.m. – Yellow #1 vs. Orange #1 (Game 2), Field 8
8 p.m. – Iroquois vs. Australia, Field 10

Tuesday, July 15
8 a.m. – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (Game 17), Field 10
8:30 a.m. – Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 11 (Game 22), Field 8
9 a.m. – Loser Game 15 vs. Loser Game 16 (Game 32), Field 5
9:30 a.m. – Loser Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12 (Game 30), Field 2
9:30 a.m. – Loser Game 14 vs. Loser Game 13 (Game 31), Field 4
10 a.m. – Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 (Game 28), Field 3
11 a.m. – Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (Game 20), Field 1
11 a.m. – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 (Game 18), Field 10
11:30 a.m. – Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 9 (Game 21), Field 8
12 p.m. – Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14 (Game 23), Field 5
12 p.m. – Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16 (Game 24), Field 6
12:30 p.m. – Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10 (Game 29), Field 2
12:30 p.m. – Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 5 (Game 27), Field 4
1 p.m. – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (Game 26), Field 3
2 p.m. – Japan vs. England, Field 10
2:30 p.m. – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (Game 25), Field 8
5 p.m. – United States vs. Iroquois, Field 10
5:30 p.m. – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, Field 8
8 p.m. – Canada vs. Australia, Field 10

Wednesday, July 16
8:30 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 10
9 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 1
9 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 6
11 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 8
11:30 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 2
12 p.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 6
12 p.m. – Blue #5 vs. Loser Game 17 (Game 35), Field 10
2 p.m. – Blue #6 vs. Loser Game 17 (Game 36), Field 8
4 p.m. – Quarterfinal: Blue #3 vs. Winner Game 18 (Game 33), Field 10
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal: Blue #4 vs. Winner Game 17 (Game 34), Field 10

Thursday, July 17
8 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 10
8:30 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 8
9 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 5
9:30 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 6
10 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 2
10 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 4
10:30 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 1
11 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 10
11:30 a.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 8
12 p.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 5
12:30 p.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 6
1 p.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 2
1 p.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 4
1:30 p.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 1
2 p.m. – 37th place game: Field 10
2:30 p.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 3
2:30 p.m. – Consolation bracket game, Field 8
4:30 p.m. – Semifinal: Blue #2 vs. Winner Game 33 (Game 37), Stadium
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal: Blue #1 vs. Winner Game 34 (Game 38), Stadium

Friday, July 18
8 a.m. – Placement game, Field 10
8:30 a.m. – Placement game, Field 8
9 a.m. – Placement game, Field 2
9 a.m. – Placement game, Field 6
10 a.m. – Placement game, Field 1
10 a.m. – Placement game, Field 5
11 a.m. – Placement game, Field 10
11:30 a.m. – Placement game, Field 8
12:30 p.m. – Placement game, Field 2
12:30 p.m. – Placement game, Field 6
2 p.m. – Placement game, Field 10
2:30 p.m. – Placement game, Field 8
5 p.m. – Placement game, Field 10
5:30 p.m. – Placement game, Field 8
8 p.m. – Placement game, Field 10

Saturday, July 19
11 a.m. – 5th place game: Winner Game 35 vs. Winner Game 36, Field 10
2 p.m. – 3rd place game: Loser Game 37 vs. Loser Game 38, Field 10
7 p.m. – Championship game: Winner Game 37 vs. Winner Game 38, Stadium
9:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremony, Stadium

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Dan Dawson Looks Forward To Return to Montreal

Written by: Neil Stevens

Dan Dawson was an unknown rookie pro when he played box lacrosse in Montreal in 2002 but on Nov. 17 he’ll return as a decorated star forward, and Canada’s captain for an important exhibition game against the Iroquois Nationals in the Bell Centre.

“It’s truly a great honor,” Dawson says of the “C” that will be on his chest.  “Being able to represent your country is big, and then for the coaching staff to ask me to be the captain, it will be something I’ll forever cherish. I’ll take a lot of pride in it. We’ll do everything in our power to win the game.”

Dawson will be No. 6 for Canada. It’s the number he wears in the National Lacrosse League. He helped the Rochester Knighthawks win the pro title last May. He’s been such an awesome force since entering the league that he’s skyrocketed to seventh on the all-time points list, and he’s only 31. In 185 games, he’s scored 369 goals and assisted on 575 for 944 points.

His rookie season was spent with the long-gone Columbus Landsharks who on Jan. 11, 2002, defeated the Montreal Express 13-12 in what was known as the Molson Centre. It was renamed

“It’s an amazing venue,” says Dawson.  “There were about 12,000 fans at that game. They’re very passionate sports fans in Quebec. It was tight, a one-goal game. I was only 20 and was blown away by all the championship banners in the rafters and the rich hockey history they represented.”

Dawson played his second lacrosse game in the arena last December. It was an NLL exhibition game between Rochester and the Toronto Rock.

“It was a great experience,” he says.  “I really do think there is a market for the NLL to expand back into Montreal.”

Now he prepares for his third appearance as a lacrosse player in Montreal, and he’ll be playing against some of his NLL teammates including Knighthawks captain Sid Smith, who is a bruising defenceman.

“It’s something you face in international play,” says Dawson.  “Teammates now become foes. You can have great respect for them and know their talents but for 60 minutes the competitive nature comes out in you. You put friendships aside. When you represent your country, you do whatever you can to win.”

“Sid is an unbelievable competitor, one of the best defencemen in the world. But going up against the best players in the world gives you a good measuring stick on where you are with your game.”

So, will Dawson be quietly asking Smith to take it easy on him on Nov. 17?

“No way,” he says.  “I know those guys over there and anytime they get to represent the Iroquois they pour their hearts and souls into it. It’s

Dawson was a member of Canada’s victorious 2005 Heritage Cup team in Denver, won his first world indoor championship gold medal in Halifax in 2007, got silver at the world field tournament in Manchester, England, in 2010, and earned another world indoor gold medal in Prague in 2011. He was an assistant captain on that team.

The 13-6 final score against the Iroquois in the title game in Prague masks the hard-fought nature of that confrontation. Canada only led 2-1 after one quarter as Dawson and his teammates battled Smith, Cody Jamieson, who is another Rochester teammate of Dawson’s, and the rest of a fast-breaking Iroquois side.

“They have a very fast transition style,” says Dawson.  “They have many players who can play both ends of the floor and if we don’t hold ourselves accountable they’ll definitely run the ball on us. They have great defenders and goaltending, too, so there are no holes in their game.”

Canada has never lost a world indoor tournament game, but the Iroquois and the U.S. national team are formidable opponents. The seriousness of challenges grows every year.

“Every national team around the world is getting better,” says Dawson.  “Six Nations has been winning (amateur) championships at different levels in Canada year after year. They have a plethora of talent coming through their system.”

The six-foot-two playmaker first picked up a lacrosse stick when he was 12 growing up in Oakville, Ontario. Hockey in the winter, lacrosse in the summer – that’s the way it was, and still is, for many Canadian kids. Now he’s Canada’s captain, and it is a well-deserved honor for one of the best players in the world, who has earned the respect of coaches and peers for the high level of sportsmanship he displays on and off the floor.

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Merrills Look Forward To Return To Montreal

Lacrosse playing brothers Pat and Brodie Merrill have strong ties to Montreal.

Their father, Peter Merrill, was born and raised in the city _ Lachine, to be exact _ and they were, too, so it will be a homecoming of sorts when they play for Canada against the formidable Iroquois team in the Bell Centre at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. Their dad will be there to watch.

Peter Merrill played football at the University of New Brunswick and was pretty good.  “I tried out with the Alouettes (of the CFL) but didn’t make it,’’ he recalls.

He would eventually be part of a pro sports team in Montreal, but it wouldn’t be football. Merrill moved his family to Ontario just before his boys reached their teens to chase a business opportunity and they settled in Orangeville, which is an hour’s drive northwest of Toronto. It is a lacrosse hotbed and the kids quickly caught on, and they soon became prominent players. Terry Sanderson, now GM of the National Lacrosse League’s Toronto Rock, lives in Orangeville and he soon had Peter Merrill helping coach his senior lacrosse team in nearby Brampton.

When Sanderson was named head coach in 2002 of a new NLL team in Montreal, the Express, he didn’t need to do much talking to induce Merrill into being an assistant coach. It was a memorable time for all involved.

“It was awesome,’’ recalls Merrill, who had the benefit of being bilingual.

Montreal’s 32-17 win in Calgary in its NLL opener was a record-setting affair, and the Express followed that up with a 23-16 win over Calgary in their home opener in front of more than 10,000 spectators. Tracey Kelusky, the Peterborough, Ontario, native who now plays for the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits, was the captain. The Express finished that season with an 8-8 record.

“We really had a good following in Montreal,’’ Peter Merrill recalls. “For that home opener, the place was hoppin’. We almost made the playoffs that year.’’

Alas, that was the only year for the Express. The Toronto ownership group packed it in. Lack of a local stake in the club was one of the reasons for the premature demise of pro lacrosse in Montreal.

“You have to have somebody from Montreal involved who really believes in it,’’ says Peter Merrill. “It would also help if they had some players from Quebec on the team to add local flavour.”

“I felt really strongly at the time about staying. I wanted it to continue. We averaged 8,000 or 9,000 a game. But we needed to be in the community a little bit more. We went into the schools and communities and I believe people were ready for a pro lacrosse team to stick around but ownership didn’t hang in long enough to keep it going.’’

A Toronto-Rochester NLL exhibition game was played in the Bell Centre last December and Peter Merrill was there to watch Pat play for the Rock. The game drew 7,269 spectators.

“It was definitely a dream come true,’’ Pat Merrill said of his first lacrosse game in his home city.  “We grew up as a huge Montreal Canadiens fans and we got to tour the Habs dressing room during that trip.”

“The crowd was very enthusiastic. They were really into it. It seemed like a knowledgeable fan base. That created a cool atmosphere for lacrosse.’’

The Nov. 17 game will give Brodie Merrill, who is the captain of the NLL’s Philadelphia Wings, the opportunity to play lacrosse in the Bell Centre for the first time.

“It’s very exciting,’’ he says.  “It’ll be really special to play in front of family and friends. It’s a rare opportunity. Being from Montreal and always having that connection to the city and to the Canadiens, it seems a little bit surreal to be going back to play lacrosse in that building. I’m very much looking forward to it.’’

Childhood memories linger.

“My dad took me to a playoff game in the Forum,’’ Brodie Merrill recalls.  “I must have been pretty young because I fell asleep during the game. There was a famous brawl between the Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers. My dad tells me I slept through the brawl.

“But I have a lot of great memories from Montreal. It’s such a great hockey city. I have a lot of great memories of playing outdoor hockey there. There’s always a reconnection I feel to the city every time I go back.’’

Pat Merrill and his kid brother knew little about lacrosse during their early years in Montreal. Hockey was on their young minds.

“We all wanted to be a Hab when we got older,’’ he says.  “Luckily for Brodie and I, we landed in Orangeville where lacrosse is so big. Going back to Montreal to play lacrosse kind of feels like going full circle for us. Our parents and Brodie and I were into sports when we lived there and to play at the pro level in the Bell Centre is pretty cool.’’

The Merrills live lacrosse daily.

Peter Merrill founded The Hill Academy, a private high school for dedicated student athletes, in 2006. Pat, now 34, Brodie, who turns 32 on Nov. 5, and younger sister Tory are lacrosse coaches at The Hill.

“I love sports,’’ Peter Merrill replied when asked why he took the risky leap into setting up the school just north of Toronto.  “The whole premise of the school is based on the reality that it is very difficult for a young person to excel in sports and academics at the same time.’’

It all seems to be working at The Hill. Lacrosse and hockey are the main sports. Enrollment has mushroomed to 150 and graduates have been placed at Canadian universities and at prominent U.S. schools. Recent grad Jason Noble (Cornell) was the No. 2 pick in the NLL entry draft on Sept. 16, and he’s joined the coaching staff at The Hill.

“We’ve got a ways to go but our mission is being accomplished,’’ says Peter Merrill.

He’d love to see the NLL return to Montreal.

“I know that in 2002 there was a sincere interest to keep the NLL in Montreal. I’ve talked to a number of groups, including ex-Canadiens who had a lacrosse background, about putting a (ownership) group together. Montreal and Quebec have really strong lacrosse roots. There is a Quebec senior league, which both Pat and Brodie have played in, and a strong Frist Nations presence in area. With the right ownership, it could be looked at again.’’

As far as international play goes, the Montreal game will be an important first step in Canada’s preparations for the 2015 world indoor tournament in Buffalo and Syracuse.  The Merrills intend to be there. Canada edged the Iroquois in the final of the last world indoor tournament, which was staged in Prague in 2011.

Dean French, chairman of Canada’s national team programs, says he’ll never forget the integral roles played by Pat and Brodie Merrill on that gold-medal team.

“There is something special about watching brothers play together at any level of sport,’’ says French.  “Seeing Patrick and Brodie win a world championship together in Prague is one of my fondest Team Canada memories.’’

“What I remember the most from that experience is how the team came together,’’ Brodie Merrill recalls.  “We had a good group of character guys.”

“When the tournament ended, we all felt like we wanted to spend more time together. It was a group that had instant chemistry from the start, and great leadership. It was a fun experience.’’

Canada’s best lacrosse players will be reunited on Nov. 17.  For more information on the event, click here.

Written by: Neil Stevens

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Schedule Released for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship

The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has announced the Blue Division schedule for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship being held in Denver, CO.

Team Canada Lacrosse will take on Team USA in the opening game, July 10, 2014.

Competing for the coveted World Champion title, Team Canada will face off against the USA, Australia, England, Germany, and Japan.

Complete Schedule: WC2014 Blue Division Schedule

A reminder that player applications for 2014 Team Canada are due April 26. All interested players are encouraged to complete the Player Application Package, found at:

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Team Canada Lacrosse 2014 – Player Applications Now Being Accepted

The application has been updated since originally posted, please see below for updated application link.

Team Canada Lacrosse 2014 is excited to announce that they have begun to accept player applications for the 2014 Senior Men’s Field team that will be representing Canada at the FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado, July 10-19, 2014.

All interested players are encouraged to complete the Player Application Package, found at:

Applications are due April 26, 2013.

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Applications Now Being Accepted for 2015 Senior Men’s Indoor National Team – Coaching and Support Staff

The CLA is now accepting applications for all coaching and support staff positions with our 2015 Senior Men’s Indoor National Team.  The team will compete in the 2015 Senior Men’s Indoor World Championships held in Buffalo, New York from September 18th to 26th, 2015.

For the coaching/scouting application, click here.
For the support staff application, click here.

Deadline for applications is April 15, 2013.  Applications should be sent by email to or by fax to 613-260-2028.

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Player Roster Announced for Ohio State Game

The 2014 Men’s Field Team Canada coaching staff has selected a 22-player roster to take on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team on Sunday January 20 at 1 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.

The 22-man Roster:

Zach Grace
Riley McGillis

Jordan Sealock
Eric Pitre
Rob Koger
DJ Giacobbo
Mac Tomkinson
Chris Cudmore

Garett Ince
Kevin Brownell
Derek Hopcroft
Mark White
Jishan Sharples
Mike Cudmore
Anthony Joaquim
Brandon Bull
Ian Mackay
Hugh Weir
Eric Fannell

John McClure
Travis Gibbons
Ryan Campbell

About the Canadian Lacrosse Association
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada.  The CLA 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.   We value health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork.  For more details on the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit

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For more information, contact:

Britany Gordon
Events & Communications Coordinator
Canadian Lacrosse Association

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