World Lacrosse Championships
The 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships are set to begin this Thursday at the Manchester University Sports grounds in Manchester, England. A record 30 nations will compete from July 15th-24th for the right to be known as the world's best lacrosse team.
Swarm D Joe Cinosky (USA), F Zack Greer (Canada), and D Jon Sullivan (Canada) will all be competing in this year’s games. Cinosky and the red, white, and blue will open play against Australia on July 16, while Greer, Sullivan and Team Canada will square off against Japan.
Both Team USA and Team Canada reside in the Blue Division with Australia, England, Iroquois and Japan.
Cinosky, 25, finished his second season with Minnesota in 2010 and dished out six assists, recorded four PIM and collected 33 loose balls. The Boonton Township, NJ native and product from the University of Maryland was selected 13th overall by the Swarm in the 2008 NLL Draft. Cinosky is currently playing for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of the MLL this summer.
Greer, 24, recorded 23 points (10g, 13a), 14 PIM and collected 45 loose balls in 13 games with the Swarm last season. The native of Whitby, Ont. was selected third overall in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft by the Swarm after finishing his collegiate career at Bryant and Duke University as the NCAA’s all-time leading point and goal scorer. This summer, Greer is playing for the MLL’s Long Island Lizards and is second on his team in points (20) and goals (17).
Sullivan, 27, tied a career-high three goals in 2010 and finished the season with six points (3g, 3a). The native of St. Catharines, Ont. also appeared in all 16 games and collected a career-high 72 loose balls. The Swarm acquired the six-year veteran in 2004 as a free agent. Sullivan is currently a member of the MSL’s Six Nations Chiefs this summer.
The FIL World Lacrosse Championships (WLC) is held every four years. In the 2006 WLC title game, Canada handed the U.S. its first loss since 1978 by the score of 15-10. Prior to their loss in 2006, the U.S. had won 38 games in a row and captured six straight championships from 1982-2002. From its inception in 1967, the U.S. has won eight of the ten World Lacrosse Championships.
The Gold medal game will be held on July 24th at 10:00 a.m. CST and will be broadcasted live on ESPNU.
For more information on the World Lacrosse Championships, visit http://www.2010worldlacrosse.com/