Team Canada Names Training Roster for Worlds

Canada's John Grant Jr. © John Strohsacker/
Canada's John Grant Jr. © John Strohsacker/

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, N.Y.

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 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.

The selection camp roster with the player's current professional (MLL/NLL) or college team and minor lacrosse team is as follows:

Name Professional College Minor
Reid Acton Ham./Minn.   Toronto
Wesley Berg     Coquitlam
Garrett Billings Ham./Tor.   Langley
David Brock Buffalo   Burlington
Ryan Campbell Edmonton   Brampton
Dan Coates Ham./Col.   St. Catharines
Mark Cockerton   Virgina Whitby
Kevin Crowley Ham./Phil.   New Westminster
Curtis Dickson Den./Calg.   Poco
Angus Dineley Roch./Phil.   Toronto
Brennan Donville      Cornell Oakville
Rhys Duch Ham./Calg.   Saanich
David Earl NY/Minn.   Hartford
Cam Flint Bos./Minn.   Halton
Jesse Gamble Toronto   Guelph
John Grant, Jr. Ches./Col.   Peterborough
Zack Greer Den./Edm.   Whitby
Jordan Hall Ham./Phil.   Delta
Cameron Holding Colorado   Whitby
Derek Hopcroft Buffalo   Toronto
Jordan Houtby   Detroit St. Catharines
Garrett Ince   Virginia Brampton
Adam Jones Ham./Col.   Owen Sound
Stephen Keogh Ham./Roch.   Toronto
MJ Kiekebelt Hamilton   Caledon
Jesse King   Ohio State Juan De Fuca
Evan Kirk Ham./Phil.   Orangeville
Matthew MacGrotty   Bryant New Westminster
Jordan Richard MacIntosh Roch./Minn.   Oakville
Cameron Mann Ham./Col.   Hamilton
Kiel Matisz Ohio/Minn.   Burlington
Mark Matthews NY/Edm.   Whitby
Jordan McBride Den./Col.   New Westminster
Danny McDermott   NYIT Richmond
Brodie Merrill Ham./Phil.   Orangeville
Brett Mydske Edmonton   New Westminster
Jason Noble Ham./Minn.   Orangeville
Jeremy Noble   Denver Orangeville
Steve Priolo Buffalo   St. Catharines
Kevin Ross Ham./Phil.   Toronto
Dillon Roy Denver   Denver
Kyle Rubisch Ham./Phil.   Brampton
Logan Schuss Ohio/Minn.   Delta
Dhane Smith Buffalo   Kitchener
Billy Dee Smith Buffalo   St. Catharines
Geoff Snider Char./Calg.   Calgary
Bobby Snider Vancouver   Calgary
Chad Tutton   North Carolina Whitby
Matt Vinc Rochester   St. Catharines
Dillon Ward Ham./Col.   Orangeville
Shawn Williams Buffalo   Whitby