Canada national indoor lacrosse team
|World Indoor Lacrosse Championship|
|2015 Onondaga Nation|
Canada national indoor lacrosse team represents Canada in international tournaments of indoor lacrosse. It is one of the best national lacrosse teams in the world, having won all four World Indoor Lacrosse Championships held starting with the 2003 ILF World Indoor Lacrosse Championship held in Canada. Their biggest rivals are the Iroquois Nationals, who finished in second place in all four tournaments.
Team Canada consists of primarily of professional players from the National Lacrosse League. Many players also play field lacrosse in MLL, and are members of Canada men's field lacrosse national team.
World Indoor Lacrosse Championship
The first World Indoor Lacrosse Championship was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Canada entered the tournament as the favourite to win. They went through the six-team group without any losses. In the semifinals they beat Team USA. Team Canada, led by captain Jim Veltman, won the gold medal match against Iroquois Nationals 21-4 and became the first World Indoor Lacrosse Champions.
The second World Indoor Lacrosse Championship was held in Canada again, this time in Halifax. This time, tournament was firstly divided in two groups of four teams. Canada met subsequently Ireland, Australia and USA. They prevailed in all three matches to reach the Semifinals, where they would met England. Canada won in this match 24-8 to move to the Final, where they met Iroquois Nationals again. Canada was losing during the second and third quarters, but thanks to two goals of John Grant, Jr., they ended up taking the game to overtime. After thirty seconds, Jeff Zywicki scored his first goal in the match, so Team Canada could be crowned as the World Champion again.
In 2011, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship was held outside of North America for the first time. Czech Republic was selected as the venue. The system of the tournament remained and Canadians met in their group teams Australia, England and Slovakia. Canada went through unbeaten again. They beat Team USA with result of 15-10. In the Final, they met with Iroquois players again, and won 13-6.
2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship roster
|44||G||Anthony Cosmo||Boston Blazers|
|48||G||Matt Vinc||Rochester Knighthawks|
|0||G||Tyler Richards||Washington Stealth|
|3||D||Jeff Moleski||Calgary Roughnecks|
|19||D||Bill Greer||Edmonton Rush|
|4||D||Kyle Rubisch||Boston Blazers|
|12||D||Pat Merrill||Toronto Rock|
|16||D||Mike Carnegie||Calgary Roughnecks|
|50||D||Ryan Cousins||Minnesota Swarm|
|2||D||Brett Mydske||Edmonton Rush|
|5||D||Sandy Chapman||Toronto Rock|
|42||D||Rory Smith||Minnesota Swarm|
|17||T||Brodie Merrill||Edmonton Rush|
|20||T||Jordan Hall||Rochester Knighthawks|
|9||T||Mark Steenhuis||Buffalo Bandits|
|24||F||John Grant, Jr.||Colorado Mammoth|
|7||F||Colin Doyle (C)||Toronto Rock|
|6||F||Dan Dawson||Boston Blazers|
|91||F||Josh Sanderson||Boston Blazers|
|10||F||Rhys Duch||Washington Stealth|
|15||F||Shawn Evans||Rochester Knighthawks|
|67||F||Jeff Zywicki||Washington Stealth|
|86||F||Stephan LeBlanc||Toronto Rock|
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