Sanderson and Cosmo Named to Roster

NEWS RELEASE from Canadian Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team

JOSH SANDERSON AND ANTHONY COSMO TO PLAY FOR CANADA

Josh Sanderson and Anthony Cosmo have been selected to play for Canada at the 2011 world indoor lacrosse tournament.

“Josh is the best set-up man in the sport and a gifted goal scorer when he opts to shoot and Anthony is one of the best goaltenders to ever pull on pads,” team general manager Johnny Mouradian said in making the announcement Monday.

Sanderson and Cosmo join John Grant Jr., Colin Doyle, Brodie Merrill, Dan Dawson and Jordan Hall, who were previously named to the team that will try to earn Canada a third straight world championship in Prague, May 21-28, when the tournament will be played outside Canada for the first time.

Sanderson, 33, of Orangeville, Ont., was the National Lacrosse League’s top point-getter with 104 last season and is fourth in all-time NLL points. He helped the Toronto Rock (2005) and the Calgary Roughnecks (2009) win pro championships and will begin his 14th NLL season in January as a member of the Boston Blazers. He’s also excelled in summer amateur play and was Mann Cup MVP in 2002 when he helped the Brampton Excelsiors win the Canadian senior title.

This will be Sanderson’s first world indoor lacrosse experience.

“I’m very excited to have been selected to Canada’s team,” he says. “It’ll be an honour to play for my country.”

This won’t be his first trip to the Czech Republic because he skated for the Orangeville Flyers bantam hockey squad in a tournament in Prague nearly 20 years ago.

He’s well aware of the challenge Canada will face in May.

“I’ve seen the U.S. lineup and it is very strong,” he says. “The Iroquois will be real tough, too, and other countries will be putting together better lineups than in the past so it looks as if it’ll be a highly competitive tournament.”

Cosmo, 33, of Mississauga, Ont., is about to return to the Boston Blazers crease for what will be his 11th NLL season. His 9.50 goals-against average and .799 save percentage placed him among the elite of pro goaltenders last season. Cosmo also has starred in summer play and has helped Victoria and Brampton win national senior titles. Being reunited with Sanderson in Boston has him pumped for the new NLL season and following that his third world indoor experience.

“To don the Canadian jersey is an absolute honour,” he says. “I’m looking forward to competing against the best in the world to showcase our sport. We’ll try to lift it to the next level. I’ve never been to Europe so this opportunity couldn’t come at a better time.”

Cosmo was in Canada’s crease for its thrilling one-goal victory over the Iroquois Nationals in the 2007 final in Halifax.

“My fondest memory is stepping into the dressing room and seeing all the talent around me,” he recalls. “I was in awe standing beside some of my childhood heroes. Putting on that jersey and singing the national anthem, that’ll always stay with me. There is no greater experience as an athlete. It was a very proud moment for me.”

The final was extremely tight. It could have gone either way.

“I remember the sense of urgency and nervousness but, at the same time, a sense of confidence because of the guys we had on that team. Most of us had the experience of being on winning teams, just like we’ll have in 2011.”

Cosmo was a runner when he began playing lacrosse at age 11 but when he was 13 his team’s goalie got hurt and he fared well as a replacement.

“My dad said, `If you’re going to play net then learn the position and be the best you can be’ and the rest is history.”

Team Canada media contact is Neil Stevens at loose47@live.com

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