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June 30, 2014

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FIL 2014 Preview: Green Division Breakdown

by Brett Amadon | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter


Italy finished 19th in its second FIL World Championships appearance in 2010. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

With plenty of attention on the Blue Division and favorites like Team USA and Canada, Brett Amadon will be breaking down the other divisions in the lead-up to the FIL World Championships, kicking off next month in Commerce City, Co. Catch all the action by picking up your tickets today!

Teams listed in alphabetical order. View the full schedule of the event here.

Previous Breakdowns: Orange Division | Plum Division | Grey Division

China

2010 Results: First Time Competitor
Head Coach: Mike Elefante

Names Worth Knowing

M - Dylan Bassham (Rollins College)
A - Tyler Buchan (Wheeling Jesuit University)
M - Michael Tsiang (Villanova University)

Outlook

Like many of the countries participating in Commerce City, CO., next month, lacrosse was only recently introduced to China. However, since that time, the sport has been growing rapidly and the quality of play has improved greatly. That was evident last summer when China participated in the Asian Pacific Lacrosse Games, finishing 4-4 despite losing to Thailand in the bronze medal game. The squad that will be traveling to compete in the FIL World Lacrosse Championship is comprised of a mix of North American players as well as club players from twelve different provinces and municipalities of China.

Italy

2010 Results: 5-3 overall (1-2 group play), 19th place
Head Coach: Pete Delisser

Names Worth Knowing

M - Thomas Filbotte (Bucknell University)
D - Kevin De Benedetto (New Hampshire)
A - John St. John (Durham Turfdogs)

Filbotte just finished up his sophomore season on Bucknell's lacrosse team where he is coached by Frank Fedorjaka. In his two seasons with the Bison, Filbotte has tallied 48 goals and 2 assists. De Benedetto is a former defenseman on New Hampshire's men's club lacrosse team that competes in the PCLL division of the MCLA. St. John is an attackman who plays for the Durham Turfdogs, a Canadian professional indoor lacrosse team that plays in the Canadian Lacrosse League. Last season, St. John registered 8 goals while adding 5 assists.

Outlook

Italy got off to a rough start in its first FIL World Championship, suffering big losses to both the Czech Republic and Sweden where they only scored six goals and allowed 33. However, Italy bounced back with a convincing win over Mexico, 12-3, but that still landed them in the lower bracket. Italy continued to impress though, downing Argentina, 13-9, in the semi-finals of the lower bracket before shutting down Denmark, 10-3, in the finals to advance to play Switzerland. Against the Swiss, Italy held on in a defensive battle to win by a goal, 7-6, to move to the 17th-20th place bracket. After winning three straight, the Italians were humbled by Slovakia before again bouncing back to knock out Latvia to take home 19th place.

Netherlands

Finishing 8th in 2010, the Netherlands were on the cusp of Blue Division qualification. Can they take the next step this summer? (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

2010 Results: 5-3 overall (2-1 group play), 8th place
Head Coach: Neal Powless

Names Worth Knowing

A - Kyle Hofstaedter, St. Joseph's University
A - James van de Veerdonk, SUNY Oneonta 

Origin

First coming to the city of Maastricht in 2000, lacrosse quickly grew through the Netherlands as they competed alongside Germany. In 2006, the Netherlands was able to establish a national governing body (Nederlandse Lacrosse Bond) who helped start a national league. That same year also marked the first time the Dutch took part in the World Championships, comprising a team with a mix of locals and Dutch American players, where they finished 12th overall. Over the next four years, the sport spread to larger cities such as Amsterdam, players skills improved, and ultimately, the Dutch catapulted into the Top 10 in the world after an 8th place finish at the 2010 World Championship in Manchester, England.

Outlook

Opening up against a veteran Wales team who finished 11th in 2010, the Dutch played them to one of the best opening round games before ultimately falling, 10-9. However, the Netherlands bounced back to top Argentina and Austria by a combined score of 46-8 to land them in the upper bracket. After rolling through Spain, 16-1, the Netherlands earned a rematch against Wales and got its revenge, winning, 9-8, to advance to the 5th-8th place bracket. Going up against a Germany squad that competes against the USA and Canada in the Blue Division, the Dutch struggled to score, losing, 14-1. Bouncing back from the loss, the Netherlands played a skilled Scotland team tough before falling, 11-10, to finish the tournament 8th overall.

Norway

2010 Results: 1-6 overall (1-2 group play), 24th place
Head Coach: Jim Morrison and Dan Scolaro

Names Worth Knowing

M - Lars Rysst (NTNUI)
D - Aleksander Sars (UIA Studs)
A - Thomas Laycock (Oslo Legends)

Origin

Norway started playing lacrosse in 2004 and less than a year later, the first game ever played on Norwegian soil took place in 2005 between the top two business schools in Norway, Norges Handelhøyskole (NHH) and Handelhøyskolen BI. By 2007, the first Norwegian Championship was held (NTNUI, the the Norwegian Technical School in Trondheim, is the reigning champion) and in 2010, Norwegian Lacrosse was recognized as a member of the Norwegian Federation of American sports. Overall, Norway has competed in two European Championships (2008, 2012) and one World Championship in 2010.

Outlook

In a tightly played division, Norway wound up just a couple of plays away from a potential first place finish. Dropping the opening game to Hong Kong, 10-8, Norway then fell to eventual division champion Span, 11-8, before defeating the Iroquois, 1-0, via forfeit. With a 1-2 record in group play, Norway was placed in the middle bracket where they were outplayed by Slovakia before losing another close contest to Bermuda. Landing in the 21st-24th place bracket, Norway found it difficult to find the back of the net, losing to Austria 10-4 before being stifled by Switzerland, dropping a defensive contest 2-0. With its only win coming off a forfeit, Norway finished 24th overall.


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