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Team Canada Unveils 'Duel in Denver' Roster

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter

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John Grant Jr. Delaware Mammoth/Bayhawks
Curtis Dickson
Jordan McBride
Stony Brook
Mark Matthews
Cameron Flint
Adam Jones
Jordan MacIntosh
Kevin Crowley
Stony Brook
Jeremy Noble
Robbie Campbell
Stony Brook
Wesley Berg
Chad Tutton
North Carolina
Kevin Ross Canisius Wings
Keil Matisz
Robert Morris
Brodie Merrill
Matt Vinc
Reid Acton
MJ Kiekebelt
Jason Noble
Jordan Houtby
Detroit Mercy
Angus Dineley
Evan Kirk
Geoff Snider

The lineups for the "Duel in Denver" are set.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association on Friday announced its 23-man roster for the Sept. 8 showdown with Team USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Team Canada's roster includes top-end stars like Brodie Merrill, John Grant Jr., Mark Matthews, Geoff Snider, Kevin Crowley, Jordan McBride and Adam Jones as well as a few current collegians and recent Canadian under-19 team members Wes Berg and Chad Tutton.

US Lacrosse previously announced the Team USA roster last month.

Berg is one of three current University of Denver players on the Canadian roster with Jeremy Noble and Cam Flint the others.

The National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth has four players on the roster: Grant, the 2012 NLL MVP who less than a week ago won an Major League Lacrosse title with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Jones, the 2012 NLL Rookie of the Year, McBride and Dan Coates.

Colorado fans will have the opportunity to see their local indoor stars take to the field in a rematch of the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, won by the U.S., and the 2006 final, won by Canada. Faceoff man Snider was named MVP of the latter and returns to the team in this prelude for the 2014 FIL World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse in Denver, July 10-19, 2014, held at the same venue as next weekend's duel.

"This game is part of our preparation for the 2014 Championships in Denver," said Team Canada head coach, Randy Mearns, who is also the head coach of the Canisius College Griffins. "We are excited to see how some of our younger guys compete at this high level."

Jordan MacIntosh, who had a breakout season for the ML's Rochester Rattlers (27 points, third on the team) his second year as pro, is also the roster.

Crowley is a former No. 1 overall pick in the MLL and Jones was named 2012 NLL Rookie of the Year.

Former Stony Brook Seawolves Crowley, McBride and Robbie Campbell also will be reunited once again.

Keil Matisz (Robert Morris) was considered by some a darkhorse candidate for the Tewaaraton Award in his senior, 2012 season after ranking sixth in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse in points per game (4.27) with 40 goals and 24 assists.

Berg and Tutton, a pair of rising sophomores at Denver and North Carolina, respectively, were key players on the Canadian's U19 team that became the first to beat the U.S. in international competition on July 14 at the FIL U19 World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Canada beat the U.S. 11-9 in overtime in that game. Tutton tallied what held up as the game-winner with 2:01 left in the second of two mandatory four-minute overtime periods, per international rules, after Berg tied the game at 9.

The full U.S. roster, as announced last month, is available here. There has been one change. Chris Eck, who is undergoing surgery on his knee Friday, will not play in the game and will be replaced by Matt Dolente (Johns Hopkins/Hamilton Nationals).

Check back to for continuing coverage ahead of the Sept. 8 "Duel in Denver." Tickets are available for $20 at

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