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Canadian Lacrosse Association – OTTAWA, ON – Canada’s coaching staff have trimmed the senior men’s national team player pool by a dozen, leaving 34 players on the training roster and in contention for the squad that will compete at this summer’s 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championships in Netanya, Israel.

“It has been a difficult task to get to this point, but we feel confident that our national team training roster checks all the boxes required for us to achieve our collective goal – win a gold medal at the 2018 FIL World Championships,” said head coach Randy Mearns. 

The coaching staff – comprised of Mearns, Matt Brown, Taylor Wray, Merrick Thomson, Mark Miyashita and Jason Levesque – evaluated forty six players during a selection camp and a series of split squad exhibition games against NCAA opponents held in Buffalo, New York this past October. Players that were not able to attend the camp, due to injuries or other commitments, were also considered for a roster spot.

“This process has been a challenging, yet exciting journey of analysis, evaluation, discussions and debates for our staff,” added Mearns.

A number of national team veterans remain in contention for the team, including 13 players from Canada’s 2014 world championship squad that defeated the U.S. to capture gold.

Leading the way are long-time national team members Brodie Merrill, Matt Vinc and Geoff Snider, who have represented Canadian field lacrosse on the international stage in 2006, 2010 and 2014. They are joined by 2014 teammates Kevin Crowley, Curtis Dickson, Mark Matthews, Zach Greer, Jesse King, Wes Berg; goaltenders Dillon Ward and Brennan Donville; and siblings Jason and Jeremy Noble.

A group talented younger players, including seven active NCAA athletes and six who graduated from college in 2017, are also competing for a spot on the team.

Tre Leclaire, Ryland Rees, and Jeff Teat, who were all members of Canada’s 2016 U19 silver medal squad, are joined by notable names such as Connor Fields, Joel Tinney, Matt Gilray, and Ian MacKay. The trio of Josh Byrne, Jack Withers and Zach Currier, recent NCAA standouts and last year’s top three NLL draft picks, are also in the running.

“We are eager take the next step in our process with this talented, motivated and athletic group of team-first athletes,” added Mearns.

Moving forward, collegiate and professional performances, as well as injuries, will all be taken into account before the final 23-man roster is announced prior to the world championship in July.

Below is the list of the players still in contention, in alphabetical order of last name:

First Name

Last Name

Hometown

University

NLL

MLL

Tyson

Bell

St. Catharines, ON

OCC ’15

Calgary

Atlanta

Wesley

Berg

Coquitlam, BC

Denver ’15

Calgary

Denver

Joshua

Byrne

New Westminster, BC

Hofstra ‘17

Buffalo

 

Mark

Cockerton

Oshawa, ON

Virginia ’14

New England

Ohio

Kevin

Crowley

New Westminster, BC

Stony Brook ’11

New England

Charlotte

Zach

Currier

Peterborough, ON

Princeton ’17

Calgary

Denver

Curtis

Dickson

Port Coquitlam, BC

Delaware ’10

Calgary

New York

Brennan

Donville

Oakville, ON

Cornell ’06

 

 

Connor

Fields

Buffalo, NY

Albany ’18

 

 

Matt

Gilray

Oshawa, ON

Bucknell ’18

 

 

Zack

Greer

Whitby, ON

Duke ’08

Colorado

Denver 

Latrell

Harris

St. Catharines, ON

 

Toronto

 

Graeme

Hossack

Port Perry, ON

Lindenwood ’15

Rochester

Atlanta

Matthew

Hossack

Port Perry, ON

RIT ’17

Saskatchewan

Atlanta

Jesse

King

Victoria, BC

Ohio State ’15

Georgia

Atlanta

Tre

Leclaire

Surrey, BC

Ohio State ’20

 

 

Jordan

MacIntosh

Oakville, ON

RIT ’11

Georgia

Dallas

Ian

MacKay

Port Elgin, ON

Vermont ’18

 

 

Mark

Matthews

Oshawa, ON

Denver ’12

Saskatchewan

Atlanta

Ben

McIntosh

Coquitlam, BC

Drexel ’14

Saskatchewan

 

Brodie

Merrill

Orangeville, ON

Georgetown ’05

Toronto

Boston

Jason

Noble

Orangeville, ON

Cornell ’13

Georgia

Chesapeake

Jeremy

Noble

Orangeville, ON

Denver ’14

Colorado

Atlanta

Ryland

Rees

Port Coquitlam, BC

Stony Brook ’19

 

 

Kevin

Rice

Skaneateles, NY

Syracuse ’15

 

Atlanta

Dhane

Smith

Kitchener, ON

 

Buffalo

Dallas

Geoff

Snider

Calgary, AB

Denver ’06

 

 

Jeffrey

Teat

Brampton, ON

Cornell ’20

 

 

Joel

Tinney

Cambridge, ON

Johns Hopkins ’18

 

 

Alec

Tulett

Toronto, ON

Brown ’17

Toronto

Florida

Matt

Vinc

St. Catharines, ON

Canisius ’05

Rochester

 

Dillon

Ward

Orangeville, ON

Bellarmine ’13

Colorado

Denver

Jason

Weber

Whitby, ON

Detroit Mercy ’17

 

 

Jake

Withers

Peterborough, ON

Ohio State ’17

Rochester 

Atlanta

About the Canadian Lacrosse Association

Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – New Balance Athletics, Warrior Sports, NormaTec Recovery Systems, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Communications and Marketing Coordinator
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Office: 613-260-2028 ext. 302

Email: alain@lacrosse.ca