OTTAWA, ON, July 14, 2012 – Are you ready Canada? The quest for gold for the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s (CLA) Under-19 Men’s Field Team Canada starts today.
The 2012 FIL World Lacrosse Championship is sure to be a spectacular event of some of the best lacrosse in the world. In Turku, Finland twelve teams are competing for title of world champion and with only hours until they open round-robin play against long-time rival Team USA, Team Canada is ready for action!
Meet Team Canada
The CLA’s Team Canada Lacrosse, along with head coach, Taylor Wray, is pleased to announce the final game roster.
41 Daniel Lintner
22 Joe French
15 Turner Evans
9 Reilly O’Connor
27 Zack Herreweyers
16 Reegan Comeault
43 Jesse King
14 Wesley Berg
2 Bryan Cole
21 Joel Tinney
25 Zach Currier
20 Kyle Trolley
1 Chad Tutton
10 James Lindsay
40 Ian MacKay
42 Derek Searle
26 Daniel McDermott
12 Aaron Moroney
24 Leo Stouros
45 Tyler Gilligan
23 Andrew Mullen
3 Brennan Donville
44 Ross Bowman
“We have such a talented group of athletes. The team has worked hard all week, on the field they compete in drills like we’re in a game and off the field they focus on tapes, to fine tune the small pieces. We’re gelling as a team and are eager to get this journey started,” commented Wray.
They arrived in Turku Monday morning allowing the team to adjust to the time difference, the accommodations, food and to get in some field time prior to the start of competition.
In the days leading up to the opening ceremonies, the team, with the coaching staff, selected the 2012 Under-19 Team Canada captains. With such a talented, athletic and determined group of individuals, there is no shortage of natural leaders. Midfielder and attack, Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, BC) and defenseman Derek Searle (Hamilton, ON) have been selected as Team Canada captains.
After selection, Berg stated, “it means a lot to be able to represent my country in the world championships and I feel very privileged to have the opportunity.” Like all the guys on the team, Berg will step onto the field today in Red and White with honour and pride.
“Being on Team Canada means everything to me. Since I first started playing lacrosse, I’ve always dreamed of playing at the highest level. Being able to do so while representing my country is a honour and a priviledge,” said Searle.
It is no small feat in front of them, but as Searle said “our goal for these world championships is simple….gold.” And these boys have the will, determination and athleticism to do just that.
Can’t be there to see the games live? No problem, you can catch all the action from anywhere in the world – all Team Canada games are available to view online at http://www.ustream.tv/lacrosse/buyticket/361031
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.
For news, information, schedule and results, follow the team on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CanadianLacrosseAssociation) and Twitter (@CanadaLacrosse)
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/