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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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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 »


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 »


CLA announces Team Canada roster for tilt with Iroquois Nationals


Just a week after naming Dan Dawson, Sandy Chapman and Jordan Hall captains for the red and white, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Team Canada Lacrosse are pleased to announce the full Team Canada roster for the November 17 international exhibition game against the Iroquois Nationals.

Headlining the roster are names familiar to Canadian lacrosse fans. Stephan LeBlanc, Matt Vinc, Brodie Merrill and Patrick Merrill will all wear the Team Canada jersey once again as Team Canada faces off against FIL World Championship silver medalist, Iroquois Nationals, at the Bell Centre in Montreal. READ MORE »


Canada vs Iroquois game in Montreal will be a homecoming for Merrill brothers


The Canadian Lacrosse Association hasn’t released its roster for the Canada vs Iroquois game to be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal on November 17, but it has let it be known that Brodie and Patrick Merrill will be playing in the game in their home town. The Merrills will be playing in the city where they and their father, Peter, were born. The roots go further than that, though. Peter was an assistant coach with the Montreal Express in its lone season in the National Lacrosse League. He tells the CLA in a story on the association’s web site that he’s hopeful a team can return to Montreal and is confident that, under the right circumstances, it can be successful.

“I know that in 2002 there was a sincere interest to keep the NLL in Montreal. I’ve talked to a number of groups, including ex-Canadiens who had a lacrosse background, about putting [an ownership] group together,” Peter says. “Montreal and Quebec have really strong lacrosse roots. There is a Quebec senior league, which both Pat and Brodie have played in, and a strong First Nations presence in area. With the right ownership, it could be looked at again.’’ READ MORE »


Team Canada field candidates take on Denver and Robert Morris

Chad Tutton was among the young hopefuls who impressed at Team Canada tryout camp. (Photo: Greg Wall)
Chad Tutton was among the young hopefuls who impressed at Team Canada tryout camp. (Photo: Greg Wall)

Head Coach Randy Mearns and his staff gathered together 52 players over the weekend for a camp that will go a long way towards determining who will comprise Team Canada for the 2014 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver next summer. Among those players, 39 are National Lacrosse Leaguers and several more will be high picks in upcoming entry drafts. The players were split into two teams, Canada Red and Canada White, to take on a trio of American college clubs. On Saturday they faced off against the University of Denver and Sunday they played Robert Morris University and Canisius College. I was on hand to watch the Denver and RMU scrimmages and report on them for our sister site, Inside Lacrosse. Read more about Curtis Dickson’s big day and how it felt for Jeremy Noble to face his current teammates on the Denver Pioneers. And find out how Jesse King stood out on Sunday against the Colonials, both playing with John Grant, Jr. and when he took over as the focal point of the attack.


Canada announces group of 51 for 2014 Worlds tryout

Brodie Merrill headlines a stellar cast of 51 players invited to try out for Team Canada 2014. (Photo: Hamilton Nationals)
Brodie Merrill headlines a stellar cast of 51 players invited to try out for Team Canada 2014. (Photo: Hamilton Nationals)

The Canadian Lacrosse Association has announced the 51 players who have been invited to the October 11-14 tryout camp for its team for the 2014 world field lacrosse championships to be held in Denver. The list includes 31 players currently on National Lacrosse League rosters as well as six that were selected in this year’s NLL Entry Draft, including the top four choices.

The list has its share of veterans who have donned the maple leaf at previous worlds, such as John Grant, Jr., Shawn Williams, Geoff Snider and Brodie Merrill. Goalie Dillon Ward is among the young guns from this year’s draft that will be at the camp along with fellow top-four picks Logan Schuss, Jason Noble and Cam Flint. READ MORE »


Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee Randy Mearns has heart of a champion

Randy Mearns prides himself on the heart he displayed during his playing days. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)
Randy Mearns prides himself on the heart he displayed during his playing days. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)

Anyone who knows Randy Mearns and watched his National Lacrosse League career in Rochester or Buffalo knows he wasn’t a fighter. At least not on the popular sense. He wasn’t going to overpower you or outrun you. But when it came to hard work, you were in for a test. And that’s why Mearns is going into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Nov. 9. “I took a lot of pride in, at the end of the day, my teammates saying that I gave 110%,” Mearns told The St. Catharines Standard. “That was reward enough for me. It was about never giving up, and I took that on the floor at every practice and every game.” He won 1 Minto Cup and 5 Mann Cups in addition to his NLL career. Today, he’s the men’s lacrosse coach at Canisius College and has been an assistant for Team Canada. He was named head coach of Team Canada for next year’s FIL Championships in Denver.