The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) has announced the 51 players selected to vie for a spot on the Canadian National Men’s Field Lacrosse Team. Team Canada will compete at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.
The selection camp will be held from October 11 -14, 2013 on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.
A total of 97 players submitted tryout applications which were considered by a selection committee including current and past national team coaches, as well as current college and professional coaches. Team Canada head coach and former NLL player Randy Mearns (St. Catharines, Canisius College) will oversee the camp.
“Getting from 97 applications to the 51 Team Canada invitee list was certainly no easy task and when you look at the quality and character of the selection camp list our job doesn’t get any easier." said Mearns. "I am excited to bring this group together in a few weeks and I know we’ll have many tough decisions to make. In my experience with the national program, I think it is safe to say that this is the deepest, most qualified group of Canadian Field Lacrosse players trying to earn a spot to represent Canada in the World Championships next July.”
The candidates will have a busy weekend with a series of intra-squad events and scrimmages against NCAA teams Denver, Robert Morris, and Canisius scheduled over the four days. Dates, times, and ticket information for the three scrimmages will be made available soon.
39 NLL players and recent draftees were among the 51 invited to tryouts. Number of players representing each team: Colorado Mammoth (8), Minnesota Swarm (8), Buffalo Bandits (6), Philadelphia Wings (6), Edmonton Rush (4), Calgary Roughnecks (2), Rochester Knighthawks (2), Toronto Rock (2), Vancouver Stealth (1).
The selection camp roster featured six members of the Philadelphia Wings
Kevin Crowley, (Philadelphia Wings), New Westminster
Angus Dineley, (Philadelphia Wings), Toronto
Jordan Hall, (Philadelphia Wings), Delta
Evan Kirk, (Philadelphia Wings), Orangeville
Brodie Merrill, (Philadelphia Wings), Orangeville
Kevin Ross, (Philadelphia Wings), Toronto