The World Cup may be dominating the world’s sports headlines at the moment, there is another worldwide competition getting set to take place this month: the Federation of International Lacrosse World Field Lacrosse Championships. Five Stealth players will be in Manchester, England from July 14-24, representing four different nations in the largest World Lacrosse Championships in history.
30 nations will be competing for the title of World Lacrosse Champion. Stealth defenseman Eric Martin and transition player Paul Rabil will don the red, white and blue for Team USA, who open their tournament against Australia on July 16. It is the first World Championship appearance for both Martin and Rabil.
2009 National Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year and 2010 Second Team All-Pro selection Rhys Duch will be playing midfield for Team Canada. It is also the first international appearance for Duch. The Canadians begin play against Japan on July 16.
2010 Champion’s Cup MVP Lewis Ratcliff will also be taking part in the World Championships, but the Victoria, B.C., resident won’t be suiting up alongside Duch on Team Canada. Ratcliff was born in England, and will be playing for the host country in the first game of the tournament against the Iroquois Nationals on July 15.
One other member of the Stealth will be taking part in the tournament, but not as a player. Travis Gillespie will be on the sidelines as a coach for the Netherlands National Team.
Continue to check www.stealthlax.com for updates on Stealth players participating in the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. For more information on the tournament, including a schedule of games and online broadcasts, log on to www.2010worldlacrosse.com.