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Team Canada Unveils 'Duel in Denver' Roster

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

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John Grant Jr. Delaware Mammoth/Bayhawks
Curtis Dickson
Delaware
Roughnecks
Jordan McBride
Stony Brook
Mammoth/Outlaws
Mark Matthews
Denver
Outlaws
Cameron Flint
Denver
 
Adam Jones
Canisius
Mammoth/Nationals
Jordan MacIntosh
RIT
Swarm/Rattlers
Kevin Crowley
Stony Brook
Wings/Nationals
Jeremy Noble
Denver
 
Robbie Campbell
Stony Brook
 
Wesley Berg
Denver
 
Chad Tutton
North Carolina
 
Kevin Ross Canisius Wings
Keil Matisz
Robert Morris
Machine
Brodie Merrill
Georgetown
Wings/Nationals
Matt Vinc
Canisius
Knighthawks
Reid Acton
Loyola
 
MJ Kiekebelt
RIT
Nationals
Jason Noble
Cornell
 
Jordan Houtby
Detroit Mercy
 
Angus Dineley
Canisius
 
Evan Kirk
Hobart
Swarm
Geoff Snider
Denver
Roughnecks/Hounds

The lineups for the "Duel in Denver" are set.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association on Friday announced its 23-man roster for the Sept. 8 showdown with Team USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Team Canada's roster includes top-end stars like Brodie Merrill, John Grant Jr., Mark Matthews, Geoff Snider, Kevin Crowley, Jordan McBride and Adam Jones as well as a few current collegians and recent Canadian under-19 team members Wes Berg and Chad Tutton.

US Lacrosse previously announced the Team USA roster last month.

Berg is one of three current University of Denver players on the Canadian roster with Jeremy Noble and Cam Flint the others.

The National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth has four players on the roster: Grant, the 2012 NLL MVP who less than a week ago won an Major League Lacrosse title with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Jones, the 2012 NLL Rookie of the Year, McBride and Dan Coates.

Colorado fans will have the opportunity to see their local indoor stars take to the field in a rematch of the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, won by the U.S., and the 2006 final, won by Canada. Faceoff man Snider was named MVP of the latter and returns to the team in this prelude for the 2014 FIL World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse in Denver, July 10-19, 2014, held at the same venue as next weekend's duel.

"This game is part of our preparation for the 2014 Championships in Denver," said Team Canada head coach, Randy Mearns, who is also the head coach of the Canisius College Griffins. "We are excited to see how some of our younger guys compete at this high level."

Jordan MacIntosh, who had a breakout season for the ML's Rochester Rattlers (27 points, third on the team) his second year as pro, is also the roster.

Crowley is a former No. 1 overall pick in the MLL and Jones was named 2012 NLL Rookie of the Year.

Former Stony Brook Seawolves Crowley, McBride and Robbie Campbell also will be reunited once again.

Keil Matisz (Robert Morris) was considered by some a darkhorse candidate for the Tewaaraton Award in his senior, 2012 season after ranking sixth in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse in points per game (4.27) with 40 goals and 24 assists.

Berg and Tutton, a pair of rising sophomores at Denver and North Carolina, respectively, were key players on the Canadian's U19 team that became the first to beat the U.S. in international competition on July 14 at the FIL U19 World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Canada beat the U.S. 11-9 in overtime in that game. Tutton tallied what held up as the game-winner with 2:01 left in the second of two mandatory four-minute overtime periods, per international rules, after Berg tied the game at 9.

The full U.S. roster, as announced last month, is available here. There has been one change. Chris Eck, who is undergoing surgery on his knee Friday, will not play in the game and will be replaced by Matt Dolente (Johns Hopkins/Hamilton Nationals).

Check back to LaxMagazine.com for continuing coverage ahead of the Sept. 8 "Duel in Denver." Tickets are available for $20 at www.uslacrosse.org/duelindenver.


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