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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CLA Appoints 2014 Team Canada Coaching and Support Staff

OTTAWA, ON. – Another step towards the Men’s Field World Championship in Denver has been completed as head coach Randy Mearns and the Canadian Lacrosse Association announced today the selection of the 2014 Men’s Field Team Canada coach and support staff.

Joining head coach Mearns and team manager Steven Govett on the sidelines will be:

Sean Ferris (Burlington, ON) – Video Coach Current assistant coach for the Colorado Mammoth, Sean brings with him an extensive coaching career in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) that spans over eight years.  A former box and field lacrosse player himself, Sean’s knowledge of the game will be a true asset to the coaching staff and team.  Eddie Comeau  (Stoney Creek, ON) – Scout A five-time Team Canada staff member, most recently as head coach for the 2011 World Champions Men’s Indoor Team, Eddie will no doubt be a huge asset to the team.  With a masters degree in sport coaching, level three NCCP certification and course conductor, Eddie is a natural-born leader.   He was head coach and general manager for two seasons with the NLL’s Orlando Titans, where he was selected as GM of the Year in 2009.

Jeff Gombar (Port Coquitlam, BC) – Assistant Coach As B.C. Lacrosse Association’s Marketing Director, Jeff’s passion for the game is apparent.  A long-time advocate and supporter of the game, Jeff is a long-time member of Team Canada, last taking on the role as bench coach of the 2010 silver medal Men’s Field Team Canada in Manchester, England.  Jeff has represented Canada on seven different occasions, three times as a player and four times as a member of the coaching staff.

Gary Gait (Fayetteville, NY) – Assistant Coach – Defence Gary has extensive experience in coaching and playing at the international level having participated in the 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2006 World Championships as a player, and in 2003 and 2008 as a coach of the U-19 Men’s Field.   He is currently the head coach of Syracuse University’s women’s field team, where he has won the honour of “Big East Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year” for the past two seasons (2011 and 2012).

Matt Brown (Denver, CO) – Assistant Coach – Offense Fresh off his term as offensive coordinator the for 2012 U-19 Men’s Field Team Canada, Matt steps right back on board as Assistant Coach – Offense.   As the current Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the University of Denver, and a player for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, Matt will bring help the Canadian squad take back a bit of Team USA’s home field advantage.

Terry Rayner (Oshawa, ON) – Equipment Manager All of Team Canada’s equipment will be well taken care of as Terry returns to his 2010 Team Canada position.  In addition to his 2010 role, Terry’s previous Team Canada experience includes that of team manager and team therapist for the Under-19 Women’s Field team.  He is currently the registered massage therapist for NLL’s Toronto Rock and a police officer for the Region of Durham (ON).

Stephen Lobsinger (Guelph, ON)  – Athletic Therapist An experienced therapist and trainer with his National Athletic Trainers certification, Stephen will bring his expertise back to Team Canada once again.  Previously the head therapist for two Team Canada’s (2010 Manchester – field; 2011 Praque – indoor), Stephen is currently head athletic therapist with the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks and the Toronto Nationals of the MLL.  Through his previous experiences with Team Canada he has learned that success at the national level requires a great deal of planning, preparation and logistical management – all of which are a priority for Stephen as he will work to ensure a smooth and efficient management of acute injury management and preventative maintenance to ensure that everyone is at their best.

CLA’s VP of International Competition, Stewart Begg spoke of the selections made stating “we are confident that coach Mearns and the entire 2014 staff are the best of the best.  We are fortunate to have such depth in our country.  The CLA congratulates each of the above in their appointments. This group represents a rich history in excellent coaches in Canada who bring with them much experience, success and passion for the sport and national team program. We look forward to the continued preparation of Canada’s best Men’s Field team.” With the coaching and support staff now set, the next step for the CLA and the 2014 Team Canada staff is to fill the roster with the best Canadian players.  In a prelude to 2014, a Team Canada squad flew to Denver in early September to take on Team USA in what was dubbed the ‘Duel in Denver’.  Though not the final squad who will represent Canada at the 2014 World Championship, Team Canada came out on top defeating Team USA 11-9.  “It was a beautiful night in a terrific venue and a strong step in the right direction for our 2014 effort,” said National Team Chair Dave Huntley.  “It was classy, gritty effort by a group of Canadians honoring the legacy of Chris Sanderson,” continued Huntley.

With the win in the ‘Duel’ fresh in their minds and 2014 on the horizon, Team Canada looks to improve on the 2010 World Championship silver medal as they battle for the gold in 2014.  Player applications for the 2014 Men’s Field team are not yet being accepted.  Once the player application period starts,  they will be posted on the CLA website,

The 2014 FIL Men’s World Championship will be held in Denver, Colorado at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park July 10-19, 2014. More than 40 countries and nearly 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 2014 championship.

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
CLA Events and Communications Coordinator
613-260-2028 ext. 302

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Inspired Team Canada Downs USA to Win ‘Duel in Denver’

by Corey McLaughlin |

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Brodie Merrill nearly choked up when responding to a seemingly innocuous question about what Canada’s 11-9 win over Team USA at Saturday night’s “Duel in Denver” meant to those in the red and white.

“It means a lot, especially being so fresh off Chris Sanderson’s death,” Merrill said, referring to Canada’s three-time All-World goaltender who passed away from brain cancer in June. “I got a little bit emotional before the game thinking about him. It’s the first time I’ve ever worn this jersey without being a teammate of his. He even coached me back for the U19 team. I miss him. We all miss him here. We wanted to play inspired lacrosse with him in mind tonight.”

The 23 members of Team Canada wore emblems featuring Sanderson’s No. 17 on their jerseys and helmets, which will be sold to benefit a trust created in Sanderson’s name. The players all paid their way to Denver just to take the field; the idea being to maximize profits earned from participating in the event to help the charity.

They had a greater purpose heading into the exhibition game with Team USA, and delivered on their intent to play inspired, downing the U.S. for the third time in the nations’ last four meetings before 4,583 fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Canadian attackman Curtis Dickson, back from a separated shoulder injury suffered at the end of the National Lacrosse League season, scored four goals, including two in the fourth quarter as Canada pulled away after Matt Striebel tied the game at 7 less than three minutes into the final period.

Goaltenders Evan Kirk and Angus Dineley, who backed up Sanderson in the 2010 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England, combined for 23 saves. Kirk made 13 in the first half and Dineley had 10 in the second, with a key stop on a low Kyle Harrison shot from the right alley with just over two minutes left, leading by two.

The U.S. rallied from a 5-2 halftime deficit by outscoring Canada 4-1 in the third quarter. Paul Rabil tied the game at 6 on a 12-yard shot from the left wing with 3:47 left in the third, but the U.S. then failed to convert on a pair of extra-man opportunities and struggled gain or maintain possession in the fourth quarter. Dickson’s third goal with 15:31 left broke the 7-7 tie, and although Team USA’s faceoff duo of Greg Gurenlian and Matt Dolente held a slight overall edge on Geoff Snider on faceoffs (13 to 11), Snider came up with three straight wins to help Canada go ahead 11-8.

Dickson got a step on USA defenseman Nicky Polanco and drove from point-behind to the left pipe to give Canada that three-goal lead with 5:32 to go.

“I knew they were going to be aggressive. They’re all all-pro defenders,” Dickson said of Team USA close defenseman Polanco, Lee Zink and Michael Evans. “They’re all big guys and they’ve been known to be pretty aggressive, be on your hands. I like that style against me. It helps my game. I like to take the ball to the net and I was lucky enough to beat them a couple times tonight.”

Zink said the U.S. defensive unit struggled communicating at times. There were some typical, backdoor Canadian goals to be seen. Dickson was the only multiple goal scorer for Canada, but John Grant Jr., Adam Jones, Jordan McBride and Kevin Ross each had a goal and an assist.

“They were very opportunistic,” USA coach Richie Meade said. “We gave up some very soft goals, a couple on the crease. I think we needed to be a little bit better defensively, shoot the ball a little bit better and we would have been fine.”

Striebel led the U.S. with two goals while Rabil had a goal and two assists and Brooks had a goal and an assist. The U.S. outshot Canada 47-34 but outside shots often missed the cage, although Meade said he was not unhappy with shot selection from those areas.

“Shot selection was good,” Rabil agreed, “Shot accuracy wasn’t as great.”

“It didn’t seem like we could get the ball inside,” Meade added. “I didn’t think we had a problem running by them. I don’t think we got two or three passes and made them work very hard after we ran by them. We were impatient at times. We wanted it to happen a little bit quicker.

” Drew Adams played the first half in goal for the U.S. and had five saves while allowing five goals. Jesse Schwartzman played the second half and had three saves with six goals allowed.

It was a rematch of the 2010 World Championship (won by the U.S. 12-10) that Canada was very much looking forward to. Grant, who played Game 1 of the best-of-seven indoor Mann Cup series in Peterborough, Ontario, on Friday night, arrived in Denver early Saturday morning, played Saturday night and was to fly back to Peterborough to play in Game 2 of the Mann Cup at 7 p.m. Sunday. He’s scheduled to arrive at 5:30 p.m.

“It means everything to me,” Grant said. “I’ve been playing these guys since ’98 and it’s only the third time we got them. I don’t care if it’s exhibition, gold medal game or preliminaries, we want to win every time we put our jersey on.”

While Team USA brought a veteran-heavy lineup to Denver –Steele Stanwick and Dolente were the only players on the roster to have graduated college within the last two years – Canadian veterans Grant, Merrill, Snider and defender Matt Vinc, the team “Dads,” according to assistant coach Matt Brown, led a largely young group wearing Canadian sweaters.

Six current collegians were on the Canada roster. Jason Noble (Cornell) and Reid Acton (Loyola) started on defense and Jordan Houtby (Detroit) saw significant time. Cam Flint, Wes Beg and Jeremy Noble, all of Denver, also played. Nine others graduated college in the last two years.

“We wanted to take our age out of the equation and just play lacrosse,” Merrill said. “Not worry so much about the other team. It’s really easy to watch guys like Paul Rabil and Max Seibald as opposed to believing in yourself and knowing that you’re capable of playing whether you’re a freshman or sophomore in college or you’re John Grant.”

For both teams, this was the start of the evaluation process for the 2014 FIL World Championships, which will be held at the same venue two years from now.

“A lot of us young guys haven’t had a chance to don the red and white before,” said Dickson, a 2010 Delaware grad. “We’re just out here to make a name for ourselves. The 2014 World Championships are coming up in a couple years and tryouts are right around the corner for that. We’re getting our names out there and hopefully vying for a spot on that team.”

While for the U.S. many of the names are already known, it’s a matter of team chemistry.

“It was a big feel out time for us, a new bunch of players and new coaches,” Rabil said. “It’s step one in a long process.”

Check back to for more post-game reaction and video interviews from both sides.

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FIL Awards 2015 World Indoor Championship to Haudenosaunee Nation

Stan Cockerton, President of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is delighted to announce that the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC) has been awarded to the Haudenosaunee Nation. The Championship, which takes place every four years, will be held in Syracuse and Buffalo, New York from September 18-26, 2015.

In making the announcement Cockerton stated: “The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is excited to announce that the Haudenosaunee Nation has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2015 WILC and we are extremely confident that the hosting committee, under the leadership of Neil Powless and Gewas Schindler, will run an event that the FIL and the international lacrosse community will be proud of.”

Oren Lyons, Onondaga Faithkeeper on behalf of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs said, “The Onondaga Nation is extremely proud to host the international lacrosse community and is looking forward to a successful and first-class event.  The strength of the Buffalo Bandits organization, coupled with the historical and spiritual significance of hosting the championship on the homelands of the Haudenosaunee people will make this an event to remember.”

Scott Loffler, Director of Operations of the Buffalo Bandits has this to say: “The Buffalo Bandits are extremely to be selected as host, along with the Onondaga Nation, of the WILC in 2015. As we have seen in the past, the Bandits, Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center, and the City of Buffalo do an excellent job of putting on world class events. It will be very exciting for our fans to not only see the best lacrosse players in North America, but now they will have the opportunity to see the best indoor lacrosse players in the world”

The WILC commenced in 2003 and the previous hosts have been:

Year                    Location                                          Winner

2003                   Toronto, Canada                              Canada
2007                   Nova Scotia, Canada                       Canada
2011                   Prague, Czech Republic                  Canada
2015                   Syracuse/Buffalo, New York             Sept. 18-26, 2015.

About FIL
The FIL is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. FIL currently has 45 member nations and sanctions five world championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s Under 19 field and men’s indoor). The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.

For more information on the FIL please visit

Ron Balls                  FIL Men’s Competition Chair              
Gewas Schindler      2015 Organizing Committee                
Neil Powless             2015 Organizing Committee

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