Canada Announces U19 Roster for FIL World Championship
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Team Canada chairman Dean French have announced Canada's roster for the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Men's Lacrosse World Championship held July 7-16, 2016 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
"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" said Team Canada head coach Taylor Wray, also the head coach at St. Joseph's. "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."
Dave Huntley, CLA Director of Men's Field Program explained that the process of selecting the team began over a year ago. A 37-member Canadian training team scrimmaged a 30-man U.S. squad at Team USA Spring Premiere in Bradenton, Fla., in January, winning 14-13 in overtime. The U.S. announced its a 25-man roster later that month.
FIL rules allow for a 23-person final roster, with alternates, for the world championship. Last time it was contested, in 2012 in Finland, Canada handed Team USA one its two pool play losses — its first two ever defeats in internationally-sanctioned U19 play; the other and first was to the Iroquois. The U.S. avenged the loss by beating Canada in the championship game to claim its seventh straight gold medal.
"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," Huntley said. "Our staff is very fortunate to have had so many good choices available to them as they assembled this team."
The 24 members of Team Canada:
First Name, Last Name, Position, Minor Association, Junior Team
Mathieu Boissonneault, D, Whitby (ON), Whitby (ON)
Caelahn Bullen, G, Calgary (AB), Calgary (AB)
Riley Curtis, M, Brampton (ON), Brampton (ON)
Jonathan Donville, M, Oakville (ON), Mimico (ON)
Dalton Follows, M, Oakville (ON), Oakville (ON)
Ben French, A, Brampton (ON), Oakville (ON)
Kyle Hebert, G, Burlington (ON), Oakville (ON)
Jeffrey Henrick, D, Orangeville (ON), Orangeville (ON)
Mackenzie Iaccoca, M, Guelph (ON), Guelph (ON)
Justin Inacio, FO, Oakville (ON), Burlington (ON)
Matthew Kim, FO, Oakville (ON), Oakville (ON)
Marshall King, M, Victoria (BC), Victoria (BC)
Kyle Kolwich, D, Oakville (ON), Oakville (ON)
Ryan Lanchbury, A, Burlington (ON), Burlington (ON)
Treton Leclaire, M, Surrey (BC), Delta (BC)
Clarke Petterson, M, Mimico (ON), Brampton (ON)
Drake Porter, G, Aurora (ON), Newmarket (ON)
Ryland Rees, D, Port Coquitlam (BC), Port Coquitlam (BC)
Thomas Semple, A, Coquitlam (BC), Coquitlam (BC)
Robert Stovel, D, Fergus (ON), Toronto (ON)
Jackson Suboch, D, Mimico (ON), Mimico (ON)
Jeff Teat, A, Brampton (ON), Brampton (ON)
John Wagner, M, St. Davids (ON), Niagara (ON)
Ethan Walker, A, Peterborough (ON), Peterborough (ON)
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