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While most of us were stuffing our faces with turkey over the Thanksgiving weekend, lacrosse players from across Canada, were on the fields at St. Michaels College in Toronto, Ontario and in Orchard Park, New York, trying to make the final cut for Team Canada. The team will travel to England next summer to defend their World Championship title, which they won here in London, Ontario back in 2006.
The athletes played two games on Saturday at St. Mikes, then travelled on Sunday just outside of Buffalo, New York to play. The Canadians were split into two separate teams and played two games against the team from Notre Dame. From there they were back on the field on Monday morning for yet again a two hour inter-squad game.
I was only able to see the game Monday, but if this was their fourth or fifth game in three days, all I can say is wow. Almost all of these players know one another through various leagues and teams, but it was high tempo lacrosse.
There was no shortage of skill on the fields, and really quite interesting to see the likes of Jay Card, Kevin Crowley, Stephen Keogh, Garrett Billings, and Zack Greer (although he did not play Monday) on the field with Brodie Merrill, Jeff Zywicki, Shawn Williams, Gavin Prout, Matt Vinc, and Mark Steenhuis.
There will be some very tough decisions for the Team Canada Coaches in the coming week to week and a half. It is expected that late this week or early next week the announcment will be made regarding the final roster.
– those in attendance were able to show their support for Team Canada by purchasing a touque ($20). It was a good investment on Monday as the air got a little crisp. I believe you can go to the official web site at www.teamcanadalacrosse.com to get yours.
– in the picture at the top of this story you will see Tom Phair (pretty much right in the middle), holding up the # 55 pinnie. This belongs to Jim Moss, who is currently in California, battling with, and winning his challenge against Guillain Barre Syndrome. Moss was a memeber of this team in 2006, and his teammates had him on their minds during these tryouts.
– absent form the camp were John Grant Jr. and Merrick Thomson who are both dealing with injuries. Steve Toll and Colin Doyle have withdrawn from consideration.