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:
|Dan Coates||Ham./Col.||St. Catharines|
|Kevin Crowley||Ham./Phil.||New Westminster|
|John Grant, Jr.||Ches./Col.||Peterborough|
|Jordan Houtby||Detroit||St. Catharines|
|Adam Jones||Ham./Col.||Owen Sound|
|Jesse King||Ohio State||Juan De Fuca|
|Matthew MacGrotty||Bryant||New Westminster|
|Jordan Richard MacIntosh||Roch./Minn.||Oakville|
|Jordan McBride||Den./Col.||New Westminster|
|Brett Mydske||Edmonton||New Westminster|
|Steve Priolo||Buffalo||St. Catharines|
|Billy Dee Smith||Buffalo||St. Catharines|
|Chad Tutton||North Carolina||Whitby|
|Matt Vinc||Rochester||St. Catharines|