Team Canada capped its training camp weekend with a pair of split squad scrimmages against Notre Dame near Buffalo. Here is Team Canada’s release on the scrimmage.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ Jeff Zywicki, Kevin Huntley and Kevin Ross scored three goals each as Canada won two split-squad exhibition field lacrosse games, 12-9 and 11-7, against the University of Notre Dame on Sunday.
Dan Dawson added two goals and Joel Dalgarno, Corey Small, Kevin Crowley and Jordan McBride scored one each in the first game. Canada’s other scorers in the second win were Curtis Dickson and Stephen Keogh with two each and Garrett Billings, Gavin Prout, Mark Steenhuis and Matt Brown with one each.
After playing two intrasquad games in Toronto on Saturday, 53 players trying to impress GM John Mouradian and head coach David Huntley enough to win spots on Canada’s team for the world tournament in Manchester, England, next July were eager to take on a new challenge.
“It was good for us to play somebody else, and Notre Dame was good,’’ said Huntley, whose son was one of the three-goal shooters. “They’ve got a lot of athletic kids, physical kids, who played at a good pace.
“For the most part, we did a pretty good job of matching their energy. The only negative was that at times we didn’t play with a lot of composure or poise. Maybe that was because some guys are anxious about trying to make the team. We’ll look for more consistency in both the offensive and defensive ends.’’
The selection camp continues with another intrasquad game at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto on Monday morning. Merrick Thomson and John Grant are not taking part in games during the three-day camp while recuperating from injuries but remain candidates for roster spots.
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