Dispatches from Denver:
World Championship Linkage
The Lacrosse Magazine staff is out in full force at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, and we'll have constant coverage throughout the next two weeks here on LaxMagazine.com. Mainstream media also has descended on the biggest event in international lacrosse history. Here's a sampling of the coverage coming out of Denver.
Uganda's Improbable Journey
KUSA, Denver's NBC affiliate, caught up with Team Uganda, the first African team to compete in a sanctioned international lacrosse event. Uganda is comprised mostly of players who come from war-torn and impoverished communities. "They might not be rich, but they are very rich in spirit," said coach Andrew Boston, a former Delaware player who spent two years with the Peace Corps in Uganda. The Ugandan players received some tips Tuesday from members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) club team. Link: http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2014/07/09/the-uganda-lacrosse-teams-improbable-journey-to-co/12393743/
Northeastern Players Take World Stage
The FIL World Championship and concurrent World Lacrosse Festivals boast no shortage of inspiring stories of individuals discovering a link to their heritage through lacrosse. Northeastern University club players Jonathan Sirisuth and Chris McPartland will suit up for Thailand and Team Eire (a subsidiary of the Irish national team), respectively, in Denver. Link: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2014/07/lacrossesirisuthmcpartland/
Fighting for More Than a Win
How's this for international flavor? Al-Jazeera America ran a story Wednesday on the Iroquois Nationals, who boycotted the 2010 world championship after a much-publicized passport dispute brought their sovereignty into a national discussion. For all the talk about Iroquois talent like Albany's Thompson trio and Denver's Zach Miller penetrating the NCAA Division I ranks, it has been eight years since the Nationals have been able to display that talent together in uniform. The Iroquois have never finished higher than fourth place in the world championship. Link: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/9/iroquois-lacrossechampionships.html.
To some extent, the Iroquois Nationals represent not only the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, but also all Native Americans. Local fans and youth from the Denver Indian Family Resource Center greeted the team upon its arrival here in Denver. Link: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/07/05/iroquois-nationals-receive-warm-welcome-fil-championships-ranked-top-division-155676
Good Signs for Ireland
Ireland played Japan, a Blue Division mainstay, at Colorado Academy on Tuesday in what Newstalk depicted as a frenetic but closely contested scrimmage. Link: http://www.newstalk.ie/Good-signs-for-Irelands-lacrosse-rankings
Lacrosse at All Levels
The Vail Lacrosse Shootout normally represents the pinnacle of masters (age 35 and over) lacrosse. For this year only, the masters division broke off from the event to stage games in conjunction with the world championship. There are more than 200 teams participating in the World Lacrosse Festivals, ranging from the under-11 division to the 60-and-over division. The Denver Post profiled 70-year-old Mike Held, who will compete for Peaked Masters in the oldest division. Link: http://www.denverpost.com/lacrosse/ci_26092844/lacrosse-becoming-ever-more-popular-at-all-levels