Team Canada Selects Roster for Exhibition Games in Denver

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    The Canadian Lacrosse Association is proud to announce the men’s field lacrosse athletes that will suit up for Team Canada during next month’s exhibition games in Denver, Colorado.
    A roster of 26 players, including 11 who will represent Canada for the very first time and seven members of the gold medal winning squad from the 2014 FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championship, were selected to take part in matches against the University of Denver and United States Air Force Academy on October 22 and 23, respectively.
    The men’s field lacrosse national team, led by head coach Randy Mearns (St. Catharines, Ont.), program director Dave Huntley (Toronto, Ont.), and chairman Dean French (Toronto, Ont.), will use this event to help plan for the upcoming 2018 FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championship that will take place in Manchester, England.
    “This training event in Denver will begin the journey towards the world championship in 2018,” said Mearns, “but it’s just the first step in a complex two year process. We are excited to get started.”
    The return to Denver, site of Canada’s win over Team USA in the 2014 championship finals, will be a little more special for the five University of Denver alumni on the roster, which includes veterans Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ont.), Wesley Berg (New Westminster, B.C.), Dillon Roy (Denver, CO), and Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ont.).
    “For myself it will be extra special to get back to Denver and see all the alumni and old friends,” said Matthews, who plays professionally for the Saskatchewan Rush and Atlanta Blaze. “At the same time, it is even more special to be able to wear the maple leaf once again.”
    Two of his Rush teammates, Dan Taylor (Calgary, Alta) and Ben McIntosh (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), will look to build upon their successful season, having won the NLL’s Champions Cup in June before falling short in the best-of-seven Mann Cup series as members of the Maple Ridge Burrards in September.
    Both players will be making their national team debut and are eager to hit the field.
    “I was excited to get the call,” expressed Taylor. “Anytime you are given the opportunity to represent your country it’s a special thing. I think every Canadian kid grows up wanting to wear the maple leaf in some form or another and I’m thrilled I get the chance to do just that.
    McIntosh, who won the NLL Rookie of the Year Award in 2015 and NLL Sportsmanship Award in 2016, was also thrilled, adding “There’s just such a great sense of pride that comes with playing for your country. I look forward to getting out to Denver and getting the opportunity to play with such a talented group of guys.”
    Constructing the roster was no doubt a challenge, with many potential players either nursing injuries or unable to commit due to conflicts with work or school. Nonetheless, these games will still give the coaching staff a good idea of where the program stands moving forward.
    “As was the case for the 2012 Duel in Denver, we felt it was important to develop a roster with veteran leadership for guidance and experience, but to also have a primary function of working with and evaluating some of the next generation of Canadian lacrosse talent,” explained Mearns, the head coach at Canisius College (Buffalo, NY).
    Leading the charge for Canada’s youth movement are Jeffrey Teat (Brampton, Ont.) and Ryland Rees (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), both of whom were members of Team Canada during this summer’s FIL U19 Men’s World Championship, a team that lost in heartbreaking fashion to Team USA in the gold medal game.
    Each of the athletes on this roster will look to leave a lasting impression on the coaching staff and hopefully earn an invite to the next senior men’s field identification camp, which will likely take place in 2017.
    Please see below the full roster, in alphabetical order by last name:
    First Name
    Last Name
    Hometown
    NLL Team
    MLL Team
    School
    Jake
    Bailey
    Rochester, NY
    N/A
    Atlanta
    North Carolina
    Wesley
    Berg
    New Westminster, BC
    Calgary
    Denver
    Denver
    Jeremy
    Bosher
    Kamloops, BC
    N/A
    N/A
    Denver
    Dan
    Coates
    St. Catharines, ON
    Colorado
    N/A
    Canisius
    Bryan
    Cole
    Oakville, ON
    Georgia
    Ohio
    Maryland
    Chris
    Corbeil
    Mississauga, ON
    Saskatchewan
    N/A
    N/A
    Zach
    Currier
    Peterborough, ON
    N/A
    N/A
    Princeton
    Brennan
    Donville
    Oakville, ON
    N/A
    N/A
    Cornell
    Matt
    Hossack
    Port Perry, ON
    Saskatchewan
    Denver
    RIT
    Graeme
    Hossack
    Port Perry, ON
    Rochester
    Atlanta
    Lindenwood
    Kyle
    Jackson
    Sarnia, ON
    N/A
    Boston
    Michigan
    Mark
    Matthews
    Oshawa, ON
    Saskatchewan
    Atlanta
    Denver
    Ben
    McIntosh
    Coquitlam, BC
    Saskatchewan
    N/A
    Drexel
    Ian
    McKay
    Port Elgin, ON
    N/A
    N/A
    Vermont
    Mike
    Messenger
    Surrey, BC
    Saskatchewan
    Ohio
    Limestone
    Jeremy
    Noble
    Orangeville, ON
    Colorado
    Atlanta
    Denver
    Jason
    Noble
    Orangeville, ON
    Georgia
    Chesapeake
    Cornell
    Ryland
    Rees
    Port Coquitlam, BC
    N/A
    N/A
    Stony Brook
    Challen
    Rogers
    Coquitlam, BC
    Toronto
    Boston
    Stony Brook
    Dillon
    Roy
    Denver, CO
    N/A
    Denver
    Denver
    Dhane
    Smith
    Kitchener, ON
    Buffalo
    Rochester
    N/A
    Dan
    Taylor
    Calgary, AB
    Saskatchewan
    N/A
    Lehigh
    Jeffrey
    Teat
    Brampton, ON
    N/A
    N/A
    Cornell
    Jay
    Thorimbert
    Whitby, ON
    New England
    N/A
    Guelph
    Kyle
    Trolley
    Peterborough, ON
    New England
    N/A
    Notre Dame
    Jason
    Weber
    Whitby, ON
    N/A
    N/A
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