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Canada training roster announced

10/01/2013, 1:30pm EDT
By NLL.com

39 NLL players and draftees among the 51 invited to Team Canada tryouts

Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant, Jr. is one of 39 NLL players and draftees invited to Team Canada tryouts in mid-October. (Photo: Lacrosse All Stars)

The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) has announced the 51 players selected to vie for a spot on the Canadian National Men’s Field Lacrosse Team. Team Canada will compete at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.

The selection camp will be held from October 11-14, 2013 on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

A total of 97 players submitted tryout applications which were considered by a selection committee including current and past national team coaches, as well as current college and professional coaches. Team Canada head coach and former NLL player Randy Mearns (St. Catharines, Canisius College) will oversee the camp.

“Getting from 97 applications to the 51 Team Canada invitee list was certainly no easy task and when you look at the quality and character of the selection camp list our job doesn’t get any easier." said Mearns. "I am excited to bring this group together in a few weeks and I know we’ll have many tough decisions to make. In my experience with the national program, I think it is safe to say that this is the deepest, most qualified group of Canadian Field Lacrosse players trying to earn a spot to represent Canada in the World Championships next July.”

The candidates will have a busy weekend with a series of intra-squad events and scrimmages against NCAA teams Denver, Robert Morris, and Canisius scheduled over the four days. Dates, times, and ticket information for the three scrimmages will be made available soon.

39 NLL players and recent draftees were among the 51 invited to tryouts. Number of players representing each team: Colorado Mammoth (8), Minnesota Swarm (8), Buffalo Bandits (6), Philadelphia Wings (6), Edmonton Rush (4), Calgary Roughnecks (2), Rochester Knighthawks (2), Toronto Rock (2), Vancouver Stealth (1).

The selection camp roster with the player’s current professional or college team and minor lacrosse team:

Reid Acton, (Minnesota Swarm), Toronto
Wesley Berg, Coquitlam
Garrett Billings, (Toronto Rock), Langley
David Brock, (Buffalo Bandits), Burlington
Ryan Campbell, Brampton
Dan Coates, (Colorado Mammoth), St. Catharines
Mark Cockerton, Virginia, Whitby
Kevin Crowley, (Philadelphia Wings), New Westminster
Curtis Dickson, (Calgary Roughnecks), Poco
Angus Dineley, (Philadelphia Wings), Toronto
Brennan Donville, Cornell, Oakville
Rhys Duch, (Vancouver Stealth), Saanich
David Earl, (Minnesota Swarm), Hartford
Cam Flint, (Minnesota Swarm), Halton
Jesse Gamble, (Toronto Rock), Guelph
John Grant, Jr., (Colorado Mammoth), Peterborough
Zack Greer, (Edmonton Rush), Whitby
Jordan Hall, (Philadelphia Wings), Delta
Cameron Holding, (Colorado Mammoth), Whitby
Derek Hopcroft, (Buffalo Bandits), Toronto
Jordan Houtby, (Minnesota Swarm), St. Catharines
Garett Ince, Virginia, Brampton
Adam Jones, (Colorado Mammoth), Owen Sound
Stephen Keogh, (Rochester Knighthawks) Toronto
MJ Kiekebelt, Hamilton, Caledon
Jesse King, Ohio State, Juan De Fuca
Evan Kirk, (Philadelphia Wings), Orangeville
Matthew MacGrotty, Bryant, New Westminster
Jordan MacIntosh, (Minnesota Swarm), Oakville
Cameron Mann, (Colorado Mammoth), Hamilton
Kiel Matisz, (Minnesota Swarm), Burlington
Mark Matthews, (Edmonton Rush), Whitby
Jordan McBride, (Colorado Mammoth), New Westminster
Danny McDermott, NYIT, Richmond
Brodie Merrill, (Philadelphia Wings), Orangeville
Brett Mydske, (Edmonton Rush), New Westminster
Jason Noble, (Minnesota Swarm), Orangeville
Jeremy Noble, Denver, Orangeville
Steve Priolo, (Buffalo Bandits), St. Catharines
Kevin Ross, (Philadelphia Wings), Toronto
Dillon Roy, Denver, Denver
Kyle Rubisch, (Edmonton Rush), Brampton
Logan Schuss, (Minnesota Swarm), Delta
Dhane Smith, (Buffalo Bandits), Kitchener
Billy Dee Smith, (Buffalo Bandits), St. Catharines
Geoff Snider, (Calgary Roughnecks), Calgary
Bobby Snider, (Colorado Mammoth), Calgary
Chad Tutton, North Carolina, Whitby
Matt Vinc, (Rochester Knighthawks), St. Catharines
Dillon Ward, (Colorado Mammoth), Orangeville
Shawn Williams, (Buffalo Bandits), Whitby

Photo courtesy of Lacrosse All Stars (LaxAllStars.com).

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