Vancouver, BC (Saturday, September 19 2015) – The 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Indoor Championship is underway and three Vancouver Stealth players have been named to compete in the event. Defenseman Chris O’Dougherty has been named to the American roster, transition player Ilija Gajic will suit up for Serbia, and transition player Tyler Garrison will represent the Iroquois.
Gajic and Serbia lost 15-8 to Israel in the tournament opener on Friday, September 18. Gajic proved to be a big impact leading all Serbian scorers with five points (3G, 2A). The last game of the day featured O’Dougherty and Team USA going up against Garrison and the Iroquois. The hosts opened up their tournament with a 13-9 win, with Garrison picking up one assist in the game.
The event runs from September 18 to 27 in Onondaga Nation and Syracuse, New York.
“This is a world class event that features the best players for their respective countries. To have three of our players participating is great accomplishment and one that the players themselves should be extremely proud of” President and General Manager Doug Locker noted.
Gajic appeared in 16 games for the Stealth and registered 28 points (11G, 17A) and 22 penalty minutes, while O’Dougherty played in 14 games recording eight points (2G, 6A) and 24 penalty minutes. Garrison suited up in six games and compiled three points (2G, 1A) and nine penalty minutes.
This is the first time that all three players will represent their respective countries. In total, 13 nations will take part in this year’s event on the Onondaga Nation in Upstate New York.
Top ranked Canada has won all three World Indoor Championships, while the Iroquois have settled for the silver medal each time. The event is held every four years. The Langley Events Centre has bid to host the event in 2019. For details on the event, visit http://wilc2015.com .