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Finland is newest nation to commit for 2015 World Indoor Championship tournament

The Finland National Team has confirmed it will make its international indoor lacrosse debut at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, held at Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ Onondaga Nation Arena near Syracuse, and First Niagara Center in Buffalo in September of 2015. “We are excited to push this forward and see where we stand on the international level,” said Finnish Lacrosse Association president Matti Tähkäpää. The 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is truly an historical event as it is the first time the Iroquois Nationals, the indigenous lacrosse team of the Haudenosaunee, is to host a world championship. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast- Brad MacArthur trying to wear as many hats as possible

Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.
Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.

We’ve spoken lately to a few lacrosse people who aren’t happy with just one job and they try to fill their lives with as much stress and duties as possible. There was Dane Stevens who’s a forward for the Minnesota Swarm and Burnaby Lakers, a rock star and jeweller. Then there was Quint Kessenich who’s not only a mainstay broadcaster for NCAA/MLL lacrosse but also an NCAA college football/basketball analyst and an avid horse racing enthusiast. Just goes to show that lacrosse people aren’t one trick ponies.

Well, Brad MacArthur may not know how to slap the bass or report from the paddocks at the Kentucky Derby but the man can sure coach lacrosse and he’s starting to get this just due. Earlier this week he was named as the latest head coach of the Barrie Blizzard, stemming off the his recent naming as head coach of the Clarington Green Gales but maybe most surprisingly, taking on the role with Team Israel for the upcoming 2015 World Indoor Championships.

A seven year NLL veteran, MacArthur has been coached by some of the sport’s best and learned many of their trick of the trade, now he’s taking his passion for playing the game and translating it to the coaching realm. This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast we go one on one with the man of man hats, Brad MacArthur READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast: Wings great Jake Bergey finally gets his time in the spotlight

Jake Bergey ranks as the third-highest American scorer in NLL history. (Photo: Len Redkoles)
Jake Bergey ranks as the third-highest American scorer in NLL history. (Photo: Len Redkoles)

I’ve told this story a few times so bare with me; a while back I posted a tweet where I said that Casey Powell was one of the greatest Americans to ever play indoors. In retrospect, I should have said he IS the greatest American to ever play indoors but it was Phil Sanderson’s tweet that made it even more impactful. Powell is absolutely one of the best players to ever step foot on the merciless turf of the National Lacrosse League. With that being said, Jake Bergey needs to start being put in that conversation as the Philadelphia Wings get set to retire his No. 66 to the rafters of the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday night. READ MORE »


OTCB Podcast with Swarm captain and Team 22 member Andrew Suitor


After a devastating knee injury during a week eight game last year versus the Edmonton Rush, a whole myriad of words and thoughts ran through the young Minnesota Swarm captain’s head. Most were unsafe for young ears while others immediately started to focus on getting back to full health and helping his team.

That’s how unselfish Andrew Suitor is. There he was, sitting in the trainers room with a torn ACL and MCL, learning his fate. That he would be out the reset of the year, that he’d have to face a very common surgery among athletes, then have a long road to recovery, but the most prevalent thought running through his mind was when he could be back on the turf  leading his team.

It wasn’t an easy road to recovery, but it was filled with support from his lacrosse brethren–a very tight inner circle of family–and a drive to be even better than he was before the injury. That’s just how Suits rolls. Always full speed ahead and never alone. This week on the OTCB Podcast we go one-on-one with one of the best two-way players in lacrosse and a very driven young man, Andrew Suitor.

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Mike Thompson returns to NLL looking for another championship

Mike Thompson is getting back between the pipes, this time for the Rochester Knighthawks. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Mike Thompson is getting back between the pipes, this time for the Rochester Knighthawks. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

For a retired goalie, Mike Thompson has been keeping pretty busy with lacrosse. Now he’s stepping back into the pro game, having signed to back up Matt Vinc with the Rochester Knighthawks. Thompson played the summer season with the Senior B Kahnawake Mohawks, helping lead them to the Presidents Cup gold medal game. He showed in that run, particularly with a terrific performance in the semi-finals, that he can still stop the ball. Thompson also suited up for the first half of the Iroquois Nationals’ exhibition game against Canada in Montreal on November 17.

So what has brought him out of retirement to fill in for Angus Goodleaf, his partner with the Nationals’ who is now on the Knighthawks’ Physically Unable to Perform list? “It’s a good opportunity,” Thompson says. “Go hang out with the champs for a bit, hang out with some of the boys, my partners in crime.” READ MORE »


Canada looking to lead drive to create World U17 box lacrosse championships

Team Canada has a vision for more international competition between Canada and the Iroquois, like at this game from Montreal on November 17. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Team Canada has a vision for more international competition between Canada and the Iroquois, like at this game from Montreal on November 17. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

If Canada has its way, the world will be getting another lacrosse championship in the near future. Team Canada chairman Dean French says that Canada would love to spearhead the drive to create a U17 world championship for box lacrosse and they have a plan to lead to its creation. In the wake of the November 17 game between Canada and the Iroquois at the Bell Centre in Montreal, which was played before the main event between the senior teams, they are proposing to the US and Iroquois that the three teams look to play a demonstration tournament at the 2014 world field championships in Denver.

“The vision would be that, just like we have a U19 men’s field, that there would be a U17 men’s indoor world championship every four years,” French told IL Indoor. “We believe that promoting box lacrosse is a good thing for helping other countries that are developing their field lacrosse programs.” READ MORE »


Team 22 lacrosse players head south for photo shoot

Front row (l-r) Shawn Evans, Jarrett Davis, Curtis Dickson, Mark Matthews, Stephen Keogh, Cody Jamieson, Adam Jones, Kiel Matisz, Jordan MacIntosh, Garrett Billings. Back row (l-r) Rhys Duch, Andrew Suitor, Evan Kirk, Dhane Smith, Matt Vinc, Craig Point. (Photo: Ward Laforme, Jr.)
Front row (l-r) Shawn Evans, Jarrett Davis, Curtis Dickson, Mark Matthews, Stephen Keogh, Cody Jamieson, Adam Jones, Kiel Matisz, Jordan MacIntosh, Garrett Billings. Back row (l-r) Rhys Duch, Andrew Suitor, Evan Kirk, Dhane Smith, Matt Vinc, Craig Point. (Photo: Ward Laforme, Jr.)

Team 22 athletes are a hard-working bunch, but they got a chance to enjoy a little down time during a trip to Bahamas for an Under Armour photo shoot. For Shawn Evans, Jordan MacIntosh and Matt Vinc, it meant a quick turnaround as they had to head out right after helping Canada to defeat the Iroquois Nationals in Montreal on Sunday afternoon.


Photo gallery: Canada vs Iroquois at the Bell Centre in Montreal

Mike Lazore chases down Cory Vitarelli. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Mike Lazore chases down Cory Vitarelli. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Last Sunday turned into quite an event at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The day featured a game between Canadian and Iroquois national teams battling for the Heritage Cup and also had the Canadian and Iroquois U17 teams playing, as well as a bantam game between Quebec and Iroquois and a masters contest that saw plenty of skill, if not exactly at the same speed as the participants used to do things. Today we’ll share the work of a couple of photographers who were on hand to help capture the images of the main games. You’ll see some of Greg Horn’s shots from the featured tilt and pictures from both the pro and U17 games from the lens of the great Larry Palumbo. It’s IL Indoor’s pleasure to bring you the best images from last Sunday all in this one handy gallery. READ MORE »


Various goals achieved at Heritage Cup in Montreal Sunday

NLL teammates Cory Vitarelli (left) and Sid Smith faced each other in the Heritage Cup Sunday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
NLL teammates Cory Vitarelli (left) and Sid Smith faced each other in the Heritage Cup Sunday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Heritage Cup game between Canada and the Iroquois Nationals at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday was an exciting affair, giving over 7,000 fans a down-to-the-wire finish between two teams composed of some of the best lacrosse players on the planet. But it was more than that for both teams and the organizers of the event. For Canada and Iroquois it was a chance to get a look at prospective players for the 2015 worlds, and for the organizers it was a stepping stone en route to the possibility of bringing the National Lacrosse League back to Montreal.

“There’s obviously a bigger picture here and that’s the sport of lacrosse, growing it and getting it into new markets, and I thought it was very much a spectator-friendly game today with two amazing teams and it’s great that it was a close game for the spectators,” Team Canada captain Dan Dawson told IL Indoor. READ MORE »


Stephan Leblanc’s 4 goals lead Canada over Iroquois in Montreal exhibition game

Jordan MacIntosh scores his second goal for Canada in their 12-11 win over Iroquois in Montreal. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Jordan MacIntosh scores his second goal for Canada in their 12-11 win over Iroquois in Montreal. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

They’ve met in the gold medal game of all three World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. On Sunday afternoon, Team Canada and the Iroquois Nationals renewed their rivalry in an exhibition game in front of about 7,000 fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal with Canada holding on for a thrilling 12-11 win. Stephan Leblanc led the way for Canada with 4 goals and an assist. Dan Dawson and Jordan MacIntosh each scored twice, with Dawson adding 3 assists and MacIntosh 2. Jordan Hall scored what proved to be the game-winning goal and also had 3 assists. Jeff Shattler led Iroquois with 2 goals and 4 assists. Vaughn Harris, Roger Vyse and Johnny Powless each scored twice while Randy Staats added a goal and 2 helpers.

Canada pulled out to a 4-1 lead thanks to a pair of goals from Leblanc, one from MacIntosh and one from Ryan Benesch, who also chipped in 3 assists on the day. Tom Montour got the momentum swinging back the Nationals’ way when he stole a ball in the defensive zone and raced down the floor against MacIntosh one-on-one. Montour planted his foot and spun to the forehand side. He looked for just a split second like he was going to pull the ball out, but instead dove to the far side of the crease and tucked it home past Matt Vinc. Jeremy Thompson scored off the ensuing faceoff then Shattler buried a power play goal on an overhand shot from the top to make it 4-4 after the first quarter. READ MORE »