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OTTAWA, ON (3/3/2016) – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Dean French, Team Canada Chairman, are proud to announce Canada’s roster for the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship taking place July 7-16, 2016 in Coquitlam, BC.
“We knew choosing these 24 young men was going to be a challenge. It took a lot of deliberation and careful discussion about the things we thought our team needed to compete for a world championship” stated Team Canada head coach Taylor Wray (Edmonton, AB; Saint Josephs University). “In the end, we tried to select the best TEAM possible. This process is very different from simply choosing an all-star team. There are certainly all-star caliber players that were not selected and that speaks to the depth of talent our country has been able to produce.”As Dave Huntley, CLA Director of Men’s Field Program explained, the process of selecting the team began over a year ago – “We started with the over 200 tryout applications, and through our selection camp and exhibition game versus Team USA, it was clear to us that the grassroots programs in Canada are producing not just talented athletes, but terrific young people. Our staff is very fortunate to have had so many good choices available to them as they assembled this team.”Today, the CLA is pleased to recognize the following 24 players on being named to Team Canada.
Team Canada2016 Men’s U19 World ChampionshipFirst Name Last Name Position Minor Association Junior Team Mathieu Boissonneault Defense Whitby (ON) Whitby (ON) Caelahn Bullen Goal Calgary (AB) Calgary (AB) Riley Curtis Midfield Brampton (ON) Brampton (ON) Jonathan Donville Midfield Oakville (ON) Mimico (ON) Dalton Follows Midfield Oakville (ON) Oakville (ON) Ben French Attack Brampton (ON) Oakville (ON) Kyle Hebert Goal Burlington (ON) Oakville (ON) Jeffrey Henrick Defense Orangeville (ON) Orangeville (ON) Mackenzie Iaccoca Midfield Guelph (ON) Guelph (ON) Justin Inacio Facce-Off Oakville (ON) Burlington (ON) Matthew Kim Facce-Off Oakville (ON) Oakville (ON) Marshall King Midfield Victoria (BC) Victoria (BC) Kyle Kolwich Defense Oakville (ON) Oakville (ON)Ryan Lanchbury Attack Burlington (ON) Burlington (ON) Treton Leclaire Midfield Surrey (BC) Delta (BC) Clarke Petterson Midfield Mimico (ON) Brampton (ON) Drake Porter Goal Aurora (ON) Newmarket (ON) Ryland Rees Defense Port Coquitlam (BC) Port Coquitlam (BC) Thomas Semple Attack Coquitlam (BC) Coquitlam (BC) Robert Stovel Defense Fergus (ON) Toronto (ON) Jackson Suboch Defense Mimico (ON) Mimico (ON) Jeff Teat Attack Brampton (ON) Brampton (ON) John Wagner Midfield St. Davids (ON) Niagara (ON) Ethan Walker Attack Peterborough (ON) Peterborough (ON) Coach Wray was quick to acknowledge the accomplishment of those selected for the team, saying “I want to congratulate the players on the final roster; it is a tremendous honor and major accomplishment. There is no greater achievement in sports than to be able to represent your country at international competition.” With the team now selected, we’ve taken the first step and the journey to achieve our goal of winning a world championship can begin.”This group of young men from across the country will proudly wear the maple leaf as they take the field this summer in hopes of continuing the international success that their Team Canada counterparts have had in recent years. In 2015, Team Canada claimed gold at both the U19 Women’s World Championship and the Men’s World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The USA has dominated the U19 Men’s World Championship since its inception in 1988, claiming the gold medal in each of the seven events. Team Canada, which has remained competitive taking home a total of six silver medals, will look to unseat the American’s atop the podium in 2016. Our nation’s best will compete against a large contingent of teams, including newcomers Taiwan, Hong Kong, Colombia, Ireland, and Israel, along with mainstays USA, Finland, Australia, England, and Germany. “This is an important achievement in each of these athlete’s careers. We know they are grateful for the support and leadership of their families, communities and teammates” commented Dave Huntley. “We are confident they will represent Canada well, on and off the field, when we compete for a World Championship in Coquitlam this July.”