Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Thursday, June 21

Attackman Jeff Teat, who just finished his sophomore season at Cornell, is part of a youth movement for the Canadian national team. (John Strohsacker)


Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world:

1. Canada announced its roster for the FIL World Championship, naming 24 players that will travel with the team to Israel.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association originally announced it as a 23-man roster, later clarifying to US Lacrosse Magazine that one of the three goalies will be designated as a practice goalie before the games begin. The group includes 10 players who competed on Canada’s gold medal-winning team in 2014, but also features a youth movement with four current collegians — Ohio State’s Tre Leclaire and Cornell’s Jeff Teat among them — and six players who graduated from college in the last two years.

The defending world champion’s status had been in question before the CLA agreed to terms with the National Lacrosse Team Players Association last week.

2. The Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game is a week away, but the buzz is already beginning to build.

Team USA, following a three-day training camp in nearby Foxborough, will play Team MLL next Thursday (7 p.m. ET) at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass., in a format that has proven to buck the downward trend of midseason showcase events in other professional sports in terms of competitiveness and interest. Twelve of the 30 players named to the MLL team were a part of the U.S. tryout process, including eight who were a part of the training team before it was cut down to a traveling roster of 23 in January. 

It appears ESPN will carry the game in some capacity, according to a tweet Wednesday by analyst Quint Kessenich.

Boston is ready.

New Balance issued these sleek threads for the MLL All-Star team.

3. The U.S. U19 women are next. Tryouts for the 2019 team Aug. 10-12 at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md., will feature 109 players, including six players that just completed their freshman year of college and an additional 48 who will be freshmen in the fall. The composition of the tryout roster increases the likelihood that the team competing next summer in Peterborough, Ontario, will boast significant college experience — a break from previous U.S. U19 teams that exclusively fielded high school-aged players. The U.S. had won four straight U19 women’s world championships before Canada dethroned it in 2015.

4. Bellarmine has hired Jim Mitchell as its new head men’s lacrosse coach. Mitchell, a former defensive coordinator for the Knights who excelled for the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers, inherits a Bellarmine team that’s coming off its second straight 4-9 finish and has not finished with a winning record since 2014.







WHAT WE’RE READING

  • The Summer of Sam continues. Boston College star Sam Apuzzo punctuated her journey from torn ACL to Tewaaraton with a post for the IWLCA blog “Behind the Whistle.”

  • Carly Reed, one of the heroes of North Carolina’s 2016 NCAA women’s lacrosse championship team, launched On The Line — a members-only lifestyle brand — and revealed her inspiration in an interview with Inside Lacrosse.

  • Colorado Mesa women’s coach Abby Wiley is coming back to the East Coast  to take the helm at Wingate.

  • BU is bullish on Lauren Morton, introducing its new women’s lacrosse coach Wednesday.

  • The WPLL went global in its search for women’s lacrosse talent, with players from eight different countries competing in its inaugural season — including Ka Hei Hui, a product of Hong Kong who will suit up for the Baltimore Brave.

  • Joe Martin, an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at North Carolina since 2016 and member of the staff since 2013, is headed to Skidmore to take over the Thoroughbreds.

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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

All the feels for coach Brian Holman and Utah men’s lacrosse in this finale of a documentary series produced by The Lacrosse Network.

 

 

Randy Mearns oozing charm and authenticity as he discusses the potential of St. Bonaventure men’s lacrosse.

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • US Lacrosse’s “Under the Helmet” series, presented by Cascade, continues with three-time Team USA attackman and midfielder Ned Crotty.

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