Team Canada captain Brodie Merrill was one of five NLL players named to the All-World Team. (Photo: Scott McCall/US Lacrosse)
Five National Lacrosse League players were named to the All-World Team following the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships which saw Canada upset the United States for their third all-time gold medal.
After opening the tournament with an impressive 18 saves against the USA, Dillon Ward, who plays goaltender for the Colorado Mammoth, made 10 saves in the final to lead Canada to an 8-5 victory. Ward was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship, becoming the first goalie to ever receive the honor. The third overall selection of the 2013 NLL Entry Draft, the highest goalie drafted since 1999, Ward had a .633 save percentage in the World Lax competition to rank second in the tournament and a 4.45 goals against average that ranked fourth.
NLL players Curtis Dickson (Calgary Roughnecks), Brodie Merrill (Philadelphia Wings), Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton Rush) and Jeremy Thompson (Edmonton Rush) joined Ward on the All-World Team.
The other players named as the best players at their positions were all from the United States - Rob Pannell on attack, Paul Rabil at midfield and Tucker Durkin on defense.
Pannell was the leading scorer for the U.S. with 32 points (17g, 15a) and his 2.14 assists per game ranked second in the tournament. Rabil had 15 goals and eight assists from his midfield position and his 23 points ranked second for the U.S. Durkin anchored a U.S. defense that allowed just 34 goals in seven games, the lowest figure of any team in the tournament.
The complete All-World Team:
Curtis Dickson, Canada
Rob Pannell, United States
Lyle Thompson, Iroquois Nationals
David Lawson, United States
Paul Rabil, United States
Jeremy Thompson, Iroquois Nationals
Tucker Durkin, United States
Brodie Merrill, Canada
Kyle Rubisch, Canada
Dillon Ward, Canada
Outstanding Attackman: Rob Pannell, United States
Outstanding Midfielder: Paul Rabil, United States
Outstanding Defenseman: Tucker Durkin, United States
Outstanding Goalie: Dillon Ward, Canada
Most Valuable Player: Dillon Ward, Canada