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Did Team Canada gain an edge with NLL experience to win gold? You be the judge

Garrett Thul was the only member of Team USA who played NLL last season. Team Canada had 17. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Garrett Thul was the only member of Team USA who played NLL last season. Team Canada had 17. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

So Canada won the FIL World Championship in Denver with an 8-5 win over the United States on Saturday. It was field lacrosse, of course, but that still counts for patriotic bragging rights and once again, the Canadians have it. But here at ILIndoor, it’s our job to cover the world of indoor lacrosse and as luck would have it, there are plenty of indoor connections to what went down on Saturday. We could sit here all day and crunch numbers and analyze this and dissect that, but the angle we’re looking at is the National Lacrosse League. And Canada wins this one, too, 17-1. READ MORE »


Team Ontario in search of gold medal at North American Indigenous Games

Team Ontario is hoping to win gold at the North American Indigenous Games in Saskatchewan.
Team Ontario is hoping to win gold at the North American Indigenous Games in Saskatchewan.

Team Ontario is in the hunt for a championship as it travels to Regina, Saskatchewan, to participate in the 2014 North American Indigenous Games. The U16 team is coached by Rochester Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres. The games are being held from Sunday, July 20 through Sunday, July 27. The annual event features 4,500 participants from 21 teams, competing in 14 sports at three age categories in male and female divisions. The lacrosse portion of the NAIG will run from Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25. READ MORE »


Grant coming to terms with tough decision to withdraw from Team Canada roster

John Grant Jr. said it's 'beyond devastating' that he won't be part of Team Canada in Denver. (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)
John Grant Jr. said it's 'beyond devastating' that he won't be part of Team Canada in Denver. (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)

When Canada takes the field to play the United States tomorrow in Denver for the initial game of the FIL world championships in Denver, John Grant Jr. will be on the sideline. He won’t be in uniform, and it’s got him “beyond devastated.” “It’s the most gutted I’ve been since I laid in that hospital bed in 2008,” Grant told the Peterborough Examiner last week. It’s that hospital stay in 2008 that’s played a bit of a role in this circumstance. In dealing with a trying medical issue, Grant was prescribed testosterone medication that’s on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances. But even though the Canadian Centre For Ethics In Sports, the NLL, MLL and CLA have granted him exemptions to compete, an FIL committee did not. It was a stunning decision to hear of Grant’s withdrawal from the games and even though he’ll be helping coach Team Canada, it won’t be the same. Check out the story in the Examiner to read more of Grant’s candid thoughts on the situation in which he discusses how the medication isn’t geared to help him athletically as much as it is helping him deal with the challenges of daily life.


Breaking: Team Canada’s John Grant denied exemption, will miss 2014 World Games

John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)
John Grant will not be allowed to play for Team Canada next week in Denver. (Photo: John Strosacker)

OTTAWA, ON July 4, 2014 – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announced today that forward John Grant Jr. will not be playing for Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships that begin next week in Denver, Colorado. He will be joining Coach Randy Mearns’ staff on the sidelines to help Canada win its third World Championship and will be replaced on the 23-man roster by Burlington, Ontario native Jordan MacIntosh. Grant, a veteran of four World Championships and widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, suffers from a medical condition that requires prescription medication as a part of hormone therapy (testosterone). READ MORE »


Geoff Snider eager to test his mettle — and knee — to help Team Canada pursue gold

Geoff Snider does not take lightly his role with Team Canada as it prepares for the FIL Games that begin in Denver next week. But an injury in May has kept him off the lacrosse pitch — indoors or outdoors — so his return last week to the Charlotte Hounds of MLL left him a bit confused. “I took a faceoff, got up and forgot what team I was on. There was no red out there and I was, like, where am I?,” he told the Calgary Herald. “It’s a complete 180 in terms of environment, but the knee was great.” The news in that last part of the sentence comes as good news to fans of the Calgary Roughnecks in the National Lacrosse League, because it was that injury that kept him off the floor in Calgary’s loss to Rochester in the Champion’s Cup finals. But Snider says he’s doing well and ready to go for Team Canada for other inspiring reasons; namely the late Chris Sanderson. “He had brain cancer and Chris was a big part of why I decided to pursue lacrosse. This is the first year with the team that Chris won’t be a part of it and that was since 1998,” said Snider. “It was heartbreaking. Just looking at the sacrifice that Chris made.”


19 National Lacrosse League players named to Canadian field team


The Canadian Lacrosse Association has announced the team that will represent Canada at the 2014 world field lacrosse championships in Denver this summer. The lineup is dotted with veterans like John Grant Jr., Brodie Merrill and Geoff Snider, but there are plenty of young players bringing fresh legs to the squad. Both Noble brothers made the team. Jason Noble is a defender for the Minnesota Swarm and the Florida Nationals of Major League Lacrosse. Jeremy Noble is finishing up his last year at the University of Denver and is expected to be the first pick in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft this fall. There are even younger legs on the roster, though. Noble’s Denver teammate Wesley Berg, a strong candidate for the top pick in the 2015 NLL draft, also made the squad, along with Ohio State gunner Jesse King, who will battle with Berg for first overall pick in a remarkably strong draft year. READ MORE »


Team Israel makes big strides at Ales Hrebesky in preparation for world games

Coach Brad MacArthur, shown here coaching the Barrie Blizzard of CLax, is excited about the direction of lacrosse for Team Israel. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Coach Brad MacArthur, shown here coaching the Barrie Blizzard of CLax, is excited about the direction of lacrosse for Team Israel. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

Here’s the thing about Brad MacArthur. He’s got no problem making most decisions. As a faceoff ace during his National Lacrosse League days, decisions were made in an instant. As a coach following his professional playing days, he’s helped guide the Junior B Green Gaels to sustained excellence. But lately, MacArthur’s had more decisions than usual and with his usual calm demeanor, he’s handled them all with grace. Case in point, MacArthur traveled to the Czech Republic last week as a player and a coach, for different teams at the annual Ales Hrebesky Memorial Tournament. But almost without warning, he discovered that the team he played for (Green Gaels) and the team he coached (Israel), were on a collision course for the quarterfinals. The decision then? Coach or play? “We were two goals away from me having to make a hard decision,” MacArthur told DurhamRegion.com, referring to Israel’s loss that kept his teams from meeting. For the record, MacArthur said he was leaning toward coaching. And also for the record, the work he’s doing for Israel is turning heads. READ MORE »


Kahnawkae Tomahawks left at the airport, out of Ales Hrebesky tournament


The annual Ales Hrebesky Memorial lacrosse tournament gets under way today in Prague, Czech Republic, but it will be doing so without the Kahnawake Tomahawks, who gathered Monday for their flight only to find that there were no tickets for them and their manager was missing. The team is an amalgam of players from Quebec Senior Lacrosse League Sr B teams and players from the Kahnawake reserve across the river from Montreal. A version of the team was also announced earlier this year as an expansion team in the QSLL.

Tomahawks’ goaltender Derek Collins says he went to the house of team manager Kevin Biggs as arranged for 9:30 Monday morning but Biggs was not there. Collins says some players met in Kahnawake and others went straight to the airport. When they gathered at the airport they could not find Biggs and were informed that there were no tickets for them. “We got hold of the travel agent and apparently [Biggs] made arrangements to buy the tickets but never showed up to pay for them,” Collins told IL Indoor. READ MORE »


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 »