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October 1, 2013

Rapid Reaction: Team Canada Training Roster

by Sean Burns | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Team Canada hopes to return to the gold medal glory it achieved in 2006 before falling to second against Team USA in 2010.
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The Team Canada tryout roster officially was announced Monday evening, with 51 men heading to Buffalo later this month for an evaluation camp and the beginning of the road to the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver.

Canada, the 2006 world champ and 2010 runner-up, will be a force to be reckoned with. These 51 players are some of the best in the game, both box and field. 2010 All-World selections John Grant Jr. (attack) and Brodie Merrill (defense) are back, joined by 2012 U19 All-World selections Jesse King (midfield) and Danny MacDermott (defense, most outstanding defender).

Eleven members of Canada's 2010 silver medal squad are vying to return in 2014. Eight of the 51 players are current collegians, all but one of whom play at the Division I level. (MacDermott plays at Division II NYIT.)

Editor's note: The Canadian Lacrosse Association did not list players by position. Positions below are assigned based on previous association, either with the Canadian national team or with field or box programs. It's possible some attackmen could make the team as midfielders or vice-versa. Some defenders or midfielders also could qualify as long-stick and short-stick defensive midfielders, respectively.

ATTACK

  • Wesley Berg
  • Garrett Billings
  • Mark Cockerton
  • Curtis Dickson
  • John Grant
  • Zack Greer
  • Stephen Keogh
  • Mark Matthews
  • Jordan McBride
  • Kevin Ross
  • Logan Schuss
  • Garett Ince
  • Ryan Campbell
  • Dhane Smith

Assembling a spreadsheet with basic biographical details about players trying out for Canada, only one word was needed next to John Grant Jr.

Legend.

Grant, the longtime indoor and outdoor star, proved he can still make magic happen this summer with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, leading them to the MLL title as MVP of championship weekend.

Plenty of young blood will surround the old warrior in these tryouts, with two current collegians and several recent graduates on the list.

Greer is another familiar face, having played on the 2010 team after winning the Turnbull Award as the NCAA's top attackman with Duke. He played midfield for the MLL's Denver Outlaws over the summer, considering that may be his best path to the 2014 team.

Matthews is the all-time leading scorer (216 points) in University of Denver history, while Schuss was the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year for Ohio State and No. 1 overall pick by the Minnesota Swarm in the recent NLL draft. Berg led Denver in scoring (56 goals) last spring, while Cockerton scored at least once in every game for Virginia, finishing with 49 goals. Dickson was a two-time All American at Delaware and had four goals last summer in Canada's win over Team USA at the Duel in Denver.

Long story short: there's a mountain of attack talent at coach Randy Mearns' disposal here.

MIDFIELD

  • Kevin Crowley
  • Rhys Duch
  • David Earl
  • Cam Flint
  • Jordan Hall
  • Derek Hopcroft
  • Adam Jones
  • Jesse King
  • Jordan Richard MacIntosh
  • Cameron Mann
  • Kiel Matisz
  • Jeremy Noble
  • Chad Tutton
  • David Brock
  • Cameron Holding
  • Jesse Gamble
  • Shawn Williams
  • Billy Dee Smith
  • Geoff Snider
  • Bobby Snider

Crowley is the headliner of this group coming off an MLL MVP season with the Hamilton Nationals. Also a 2010 Canadian team member, he's a prototypical big-bodied midfielder who can withstand the rigors of international tournament play.

Geoff Snider is another name U.S. fans are familiar with. He helped Canada to the 2006 world title and battled epically with Team USA's Alex Smith in 2010. He resurfaced after a hiatus late this summer and helped Charlotte reach the MLL championship game. His brother, Bobby Snider, isn't as well known, but he's a top draw man in the NLL.

King, the U19 All-World midfielder last summer, has 48 goals and 32 assists in two seasons at Ohio State. Fellow collegians Noble and Tutton are young and skilled, while Flint was a first-team All American for Denver.

Williams and Smith are the elder statesmen of the group. Both played for Canada's gold medal team in 2006. Williams also played in 2010.

DEFENSE

  • Reid Acton
  • Dan Coates
  • MJ Kiekebelt
  • Matthew MacGrotty
  • Danny McDermott
  • Brodie Merrill
  • Brett Mydske
  • Jason Noble
  • Steve Priolo
  • Dillon Roy
  • Kyle Rubisch
  • Matt Vinc
  • Jordan Houtby

Merrill is the obvious anchor of this group, with MacDermott, the ECC's Defensive Player of the Year at NYIT, serving as a youthful counterpart.

Acton was a co-captain at Loyola while Noble graduated from Cornell last spring as a two-time All Ivy League defenseman.

Rubisch, the Dowling graduate and two-time NLL Defensive Player of the Year, recently earned more playing time with the MLL's Hamilton Nationals, while MacGrotty is going into his senior year at Bryant as a two-year starter for coach Mike Pressler -- the gold medal-winning coach for Team USA in Manchester in 2010.

Houtby is more of an LSM type, with an NCAA-record 158 career caused turnovers in his career at Detroit Mercy.

Priolo primarily plays box lacrosse and has a bit of a reputation as a fighter (not unlike Geoff Snider). Who will serve as defensive midfielders? Indoor transition players like Priolo could fit that bill.

GOALIES

  • Angus Dineley
  • Brennan Donville
  • Evan Kirk
  • Dillon Ward

With the death of Chris Sanderson due to cancer last summer, Canada lost its stalwart goalie and a 2010 All-World selection. Kirk and Dineley both were backups to Sanderson in 2010 and split time at last summer's Duel in Denver, making a combined 23 saves in the win. Donville was on Canada's U19 team last summer and saw some time at Cornell this past spring. Ward was a starter at Bellarmine (leading the NCAA in save percentage in 2013) and has caught on as a backup to Brett Queener for the Hamilton Nationals in the MLL.


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