July 15, 2010

Three Fairfield Players Travel to Manchester

from press release

- For three members of the Fairfield University men's lacrosse team summer vacation meant training for the 2010 World Lacrosse Championship. Graham Bergsma (Toronto, Ontario), Tommy Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) and John Snellman (Norwalk, Conn.) will each be participating in the event, July 15-July 24 in Manchester, England.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for all three of these guys," said Stags head coach Andy Copelan. "To be able to play at the international level, and participate in an event such as this, is something that most players only dream of. With Tommy and John both returning to the program in the fall, their experience can only help us get better as a team."

Kralovenec is one of two goalkeepers on the roster for the Czech Republic, which is in the four-team Red Group. A senior for the coming 2011 season, Kralovenec has made 11 saves in his two career appearances as a Stag. The Czech Republic will face Sweden, Mexico and Italy in its pool play.

Snellman is one of three attackmen on the roster for Finland, which will face Bermuda, Poland and Denmark in the Yellow Group. A junior to be this coming year at Fairfield, Snellman has not missed a game over his first two years, 17 games, and has touched net 33, with six assists, in that time.

Bergsma, who graduated in May, will be playing in the midfield for the Netherlands. A four-year letterwinner for the Stags, Bergsma played in 15 games, tallying two goals and six assists. The Dutch are in the Grey Group and will have pool play games with Wales, Argentina and Austria.

The 30-nation tournament begins Thursday, July 15 with the opening ceremonies and the first game between the Iroquois Nationals and host England. The next five days will consist of round robin action, with three days of pool play to begin the stretch. The semifinals and positional games will be played July 22, with the championship begin decided on July 24. For a complete schedule of games visit the championship schedule page and for complete tournament information visit the championship homepage.

Pool play begins on Friday, July 16, with Bergsma being the first Stag to take the field, when the Dutch play Wales at 11:30 a.m. local time. Kralovenec and the Czech Republic began their quest for the title at 12:30 p.m. Friday, against Italy, while Snellman and his Finnish squad play in the final game of the first day, versus Denmark at 6:30 p.m.

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