OTTAWA, ON, June 20, 2012 – In a feat not yet accomplished by any Team Canada Lacrosse squad in their division, the 2012 Under-19 men’s field team have set their sights on gold. And in four short weeks their journey to gold will begin as they step on the field in Turku, Finland at the 2012 Men’s U-19 World Lacrosse Championship.
Team Canada starts the tournament July 14 when they take on the United States in their first round-robin game. The team, a talented, athletic and determined group of 24 players, was selected in November from a pool of over 200 amazing Canadian lacrosse athletes. Setting their sights early on gold, the team, supported by a strong coaching and management staff, will be ready come game time to take on any and all opponents.
Dave Huntley, the Canadian Lacrosse Association National Team Director – Men’s Field, has been with the team from its onset. Looking towards Finland, Huntley stated “I am looking forward to seeing our U-19 men’s team compete for the world championship in Finland next month. All of our players had terrific spring seasons with their respective college and high school teams and are playing well for their box teams this summer.” Prior to the start of the World Championship, Team Canada will come together for training and a couple pre-Worlds matches. “This group is led by an outstanding coaching and support staff and it will be exciting to see them train together in Washington, DC and Oshawa, Ontario in the weeks prior to their departure for Finland,” Huntley continued.
The boys will be ready!
With less than a month until the team takes to the field, head coach Taylor Wray summarized the feeling running through the team “right now, one month out, there’s an overall feeling of excitement. We have been waiting a long time to get this team together.” And together they will come. As Huntley mentions, the team will be heading to Washington and Oshawa in the final weeks leading up to Finland. “We are looking forward to starting practices and scrimmages at the end of the month as we step into the final preparations for the Worlds.”
“We have one goal: to win the world championship. The toughest thing about these tournaments is getting everyone on your team on the same page in a short amount of time. Our strategy is to keep things simple, be highly organized, and make sure we have our systems in place and are prepared for the key moments in every game,” continued Wray.
“One of the things that makes the U-19 championship so great is that this event is a first look [with all the players on the same field at the same event] at who will be the next stars at the NCAA, MLS, WLA, MLL and NLL levels in the not so distant future. I know that our players, coaches and staff will continue to represent Canada well on and off the field,” concluded Huntley.
Get excited Canada – our boys in red and white are ready to take to the world stage in a big way and bring home the gold.
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The 2012 Men’s U-19 World Lacrosse Championships runs July 12-21 in Turku, Finland. The official website of the event is http://www.2012worldlacrosse.com/
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 www.lacrosse.ca
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