SAINT PAUL, Minn. – There is a distinct Minnesota flavor among the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, with Swarm transition players Jordan MacIntosh, David Earl, Cam Flint, and defenseman Jason Noble representing Team Canada at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver from July 10-19.
The four players chosen for the Canadian National Team is tied for the most out of any team in the NLL; the Colorado Mammoth also have four representatives. All four Swarm players will be competing at the World Championships for the first time.
The 2014 World Lacrosse Championships begin on Thursday, July 10 when Team USA faces Team Canada at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
MacIntosh, 24, is the defending 2013 Transition Player of the Year, and ranked third on the Swarm in points in 2014 and led all NLL transition players in points (61) and goals (23) while finishing second in assists (38). The third-year pro ranked second in the league with 204 loose balls, sixth with 198 faceoffs won and tied for 10th in the NLL with 25 forced turnovers. The Oakville, Ontario native played collegiately at RIT and was Minnesota's first-round selection (4th overall) in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft. MacIntosh was recently named a finalist for the 2014 Transition Player of the Year award.
Earl, 26, is coming off a successful third season in the NLL, and was one of the most reliable forces in Minnesota’s defensive end in 2014. In 15 games played, the Simsbury, Conn. native scored 14 points (3g, 11a) while tallying 89 loose balls and 23 forced turnovers. This summer, Earl will be also be playing for the New York Lizards (MLL), in addition to running his own business, 2Way Lacrosse.
Noble, 22, was a key cog to Minnesota’s 2014 rookie class, and was able to immediately contribute to the Swarm defense. The No. 2 overall pick out of Cornell University tallied an assist and 71 loose balls in 17 games played, and his 23 forced turnovers set a new NLL rookie single-season record. The speedy Orangeville, Ontario is joined on Canada’s roster by his younger brotherJeremy Noble, who is projected to be a high pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft. The elder Noble will be playing summer ball with the Florida Launch (MLL) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks (MSL).
Flint, 23, brought a strong, athletic weapon to the Swarm transition corps. The No. 4 overall pick in 2013 played in 10 games his rookie campaign, and picked up a goal and an assist, along with 33 loose balls. The Georgetown, Ontario native was a standout at Denver University, where he was a First-Team All American his senior year. In the offseason Flint will play with the Denver Outlaws (MLL).
Team Canada head coach Randy Mearns, told the CLA that the group of players chosen for his squad “would be the most extensive group of players with character, talent, lax IQ, experience and athleticism ever assembled for Canada lacrosse.”
The 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships will feature 38 teams playing across nine divisions during the 10-day tournament. The Opening Ceremonies will take place on July 10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
The inaugural international men’s lacrosse tournament was held in 1967 with four participating teams. The event is now held every four years with the previous occurrence taking place in Manchester, England in 2010. The United States defeated Canada in the championship game to win their ninth world title. Canada will be searching for their third championship in 2014, after previous titles in 1978 and 2006.
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