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Canada Trims Player Pool Ahead of 2018 World Championship

February 8, 2018

12:00 PM EST

OTTAWA, ON – Canada’s coaching staff have trimmed the senior men’s national team player pool by a dozen, leaving 34 players on the training roster and in contention for the squad that will compete at this summer’s 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championships in Netanya, Israel.
“It has been a difficult task to get to this point, but we feel confident that our national team training roster checks all the boxes required for us to achieve our collective goal – win a gold medal at the 2018 FIL World Championships,” said head coach Randy Mearns.
The coaching staff – comprised of Mearns, Matt Brown, Taylor Wray, Merrick Thomson, Mark Miyashita and Jason Levesque – evaluated forty six players during a selection camp and a series of split squad exhibition games against NCAA opponents held in Buffalo, New York this past October. Players that were not able to attend the camp, due to injuries or other commitments, were also considered for a roster spot.
“This process has been a challenging, yet exciting journey of analysis, evaluation, discussions and debates for our staff,” added Mearns.
A number of national team veterans remain in contention for the team, including 13 players from Canada’s 2014 world championship squad that defeated the U.S. to capture gold.
Leading the way are long-time national team members Brodie Merrill, Matt Vinc and Geoff Snider, who have represented Canadian field lacrosse on the international stage in 2006, 2010 and 2014. They are joined by 2014 teammates Kevin Crowley, Curtis Dickson, Mark Matthews, Zach Greer, Jesse King, Wes Berg; goaltenders Dillon Ward and Brennan Donville; and siblings Jason and Jeremy Noble.
A group of talented younger players, including seven active NCAA athletes and six who graduated from college in 2017, are also competing for a spot on the team.
Tre Leclaire, Ryland Rees, and Jeff Teat, who were all members of Canada’s 2016 U19 silver medal squad, are joined by notable names such as Connor Fields, Joel Tinney, Matt Gilray, and Ian MacKay. The trio of Josh Byrne, Jack Withers and Zach Currier, recent NCAA standouts and last year’s top three NLL draft picks, are also in the running.
“We are eager to take the next step in our process with this talented, motivated and athletic group of team-first athletes,” added Mearns.
Moving forward, collegiate and professional performances, as well as injuries, will all be taken into account before the final 23-man roster is announced prior to the world championship in July.
Below is the list of the players still in contention, in alphabetical order of last name:
First Name
Last Name
Hometown
University
NLL
MLL
Tyson
Bell
St. Catharines, ON
OCC ’15
Calgary
Atlanta
Wesley
Berg
Coquitlam, BC
Denver ’15
Calgary
Denver
Joshua
Byrne
New Westminster, BC
Hofstra ‘17
Buffalo
Mark
Cockerton
Oshawa, ON
Virginia ’14
New England
Ohio
Kevin
Crowley
New Westminster, BC
Stony Brook ’11
New England
Charlotte
Zach
Currier
Peterborough, ON
Princeton ’17
Calgary
Denver
Curtis
Dickson
Port Coquitlam, BC
Delaware ’10
Calgary
New York
Brennan
Donville
Oakville, ON
Cornell ’06
Connor
Fields
Buffalo, NY
Albany ’18
Matt
Gilray
Oshawa, ON
Bucknell ’18
Zack
Greer
Whitby, ON
Duke ’08
Colorado
Denver
Latrell
Harris
St. Catharines, ON
Brock ’21
Toronto
Graeme
Hossack
Port Perry, ON
Lindenwood ’15
Rochester
Atlanta
Matthew
Hossack
Port Perry, ON
RIT ’17
Saskatchewan
Atlanta
Jesse
King
Victoria, BC
Ohio State ’15
Georgia
Atlanta
Tre
Leclaire
Surrey, BC
Ohio State ’20
Jordan
MacIntosh
Oakville, ON
RIT ’11
Georgia
Dallas
Ian
MacKay
Port Elgin, ON
Vermont ’18
Mark
Matthews
Oshawa, ON
Denver ’12
Saskatchewan
Atlanta
Ben
McIntosh
Coquitlam, BC
Drexel ’14
Saskatchewan
Brodie
Merrill
Orangeville, ON
Georgetown ’05
Toronto
Boston
Jason
Noble
Orangeville, ON
Cornell ’13
Georgia
Chesapeake
Jeremy
Noble
Orangeville, ON
Denver ’14
Colorado
Atlanta
Ryland
Rees
Port Coquitlam, BC
Stony Brook ’19
Kevin
Rice
Skaneateles, NY
Syracuse ’15
Atlanta
Dhane
Smith
Kitchener, ON
Buffalo
Dallas
Geoff
Snider
Calgary, AB
Denver ’06
Jeffrey
Teat
Brampton, ON
Cornell ’20
Joel
Tinney
Cambridge, ON
Johns Hopkins ’18
Alec
Tulett
Toronto, ON
Brown ’17
Toronto
Florida
Matt
Vinc
St. Catharines, ON
Canisius ’05
Rochester
Dillon
Ward
Orangeville, ON
Bellarmine ’13
Colorado
Denver
Jason
Weber
Whitby, ON
Detroit Mercy ’17
Jake
Withers
Peterborough, ON
Ohio State ’17
Rochester
Atlanta

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