WARNING: This summer, Australia will be invaded by 'Sharks...Landsharks that is! Three Landsharks forwards will have the opportunity to represent their heritage this summer at the 2002 World Lacrosse Championships in Perth, Australia on July 5-14.
Columbus forwards Gewas Schindler and Neal Powless will compete for the Iroquois Nationals Team. Schindler (5-11, 175-pounds) and Powless, ( 5-10, 195-pounds) both from the Onondaga Nation in Central New York, will represent the Iroquois team for the third time in their lacrosse careers. The two Landsharks played on the 1994 World Games in Manchester, England and the 1998 Games at Baltimore, Maryland.
"Walking out before the first game and seeing your flag waving really gives you an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and honor to play at that level" said Powless.
Joined together for the first time this season at the NLL ranks, Schindler (33 33=66) and Powless (25 13=38) each had career seasons. As through most of their lacrosse careers, the two have developed a camaraderie and connection on the field that can only be explained by watching the duo perform.
"It's funny: there have been a few times where I've looked over on the field at Gewas and it's like a flashback to our grade school days," Powless said. "It is really pretty amazing, especially to think about what we have accomplished."
'Sharks forward Kyle Arbuckle will compete on the Scottish national Team. Arbuckle, the 5-10, 175-pound forward will play attack for the Scotland field lacrosse team. In his two professional seasons with the Landsharks, Arbuckle has collected 53 points on 25 goals and 28 assists (25 28=53) in 25 games. The Guelph, Ontario native will play alongside another NLL player, the Montreal Express' Zac Aitken.
"I'm really excited," Arbuckle said. "It's really going to be incredible to play in Australia this summer. It's quite an honor".
Former Upper Arlington, Ohio star and current Georgetown University senior Steve Dusseau will represent Team USA this summer as well.