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Canada claims Cockerton Cup

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photo courtesy of Paul Yates/Vancouver Sports Pictures
Playing on home soil, with the expectations of victory every game comes with its fair share of challenges.
But Canada persevered as they demonstrated a dominance at a whole new level in capturing the Cockerton Cup on Saturday night at Langley Events Centre, defeating the Iroquois Nationals 19-12 in the gold-medal game at the 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship.
Canada trailed just twice (and both times by only a single goal) before they seized control in the second quarter, turning a 6-5 lead into a 10-6 advantage at the half. From there, Canada never looked back, shutting the door on the Iroquois Nationals to win the Men’s Indoor World Championship for a fifth consecutive time.
All five victories at the quadrennial event have come at the expense of the Iroquois Nationals, and for a fifth straight time, it was the United States again winning bronze as the Americans defeated England 11-8 in the third-place match which …

World Lacrosse Announces Most Comprehensive Digital Distribution and Broadcast Plan Ever for Indoor World Championship

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LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — World Lacrosse announced today the most comprehensive digital distribution and broadcast plan ever for the World Lacrosse Indoor World Championship, which begins Thursday at the Langley Events Centre as 20 teams battle to claim The Cockerton Cup, emblematic of excellence in international, indoor lacrosse.
All 72 games from the 2019 World Lacrosse Indoor World Championship will be made available live and free of charge by Lax Sports Network (LSN).Lax Sports Network can be found on the web and via mobile devices at laxsn.com or laxsportsnetwork.com.LSN is also available as a downloadable app on the following over-the-top (OTT) devices:Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, AppleTV and Xbox One. Games will stream live on the LSN homepage and through the “live games” tray on the homepage. 
Highlights of featured games will be available nightly on “Lacrosse Now”, the only full-length nightly video program devoted to the best in lacrosse news coverage.It can be…

Schedule released for 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship

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Australia, Costa Rica, Scotland and Serbia will kick off the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.
The four teams – Australia will face Costa Rica in Orange Group action while Scotland and Serbia battle in Green Group play – will take to the floor on Thursday, September 19, the first day of lacrosse action at Langley Events Centre, at 10:30 a.m.
The 72-game schedule was released today (August 1) with 20 countries battling over 10 days to determine the world champion. The games will be played in the Arena Bowl and Fieldhouse at Langley Events Centre.
Defending champion Canada – winner of the gold medal at all four previous World Indoor Lacrosse Championship events – faces the United States in their opening game on the first night at 7:30 p.m.
Both teams are in the Blue Group along with Iroquois Nationals, Israel and England. The five are ranked one through five in the world rankings.
The Yellow Group features Ireland (No. 6), Serbia (No. 11), Switzerland (No. 12), Netherlands (No. 17) an…

Team Australia: 'As much as I am Canadian, I also feel proud of my Australian roots'

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What would happen if Team Australia faced off against Team Canada?
That was the question posed to Adam Smith about which country his two young sons would cheer for should Australia and Canada find themselves lined up across from one another at some point during this September’s World Lacrosse Championship during the 10-day competition at Langley Events Centre.
“That’s a tough one, I don’t know who they will cheer for,” he admitted. “(But) I have a feeling they will probably cheer for Canada.”
The hypothetical dilemma stems from the fact the boys – Harrison, who turns five in November and Ryker, who turned two in March – were born in Canada and are too young to fully comprehend the family’s Australian heritage.
Smith is equally proud of both his Canadian and his Australian heritage.
The now 39-year-old was born in Australia and remained until he was eight years old when the family of four (he has a younger sister) emigrated to Canada, settling first in North Delta before living in bot…

Team Ireland: Irish roots allow McBride to play at home

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Retired from professional lacrosse, the lure of playing at a World Championship less than an hour from his hometown was too good of an opportunity to pass up for Andrew McBride.

McBride called it a career following the 2014 National Lacrosse League season, following a 182-game career, all for the Calgary Roughnecks. That also included another 23 playoff games and a pair of NLL titles (2004 and 2009).
But come September, the 36-year-old will be back on the floor, serving as a veteran presence with the Irish National Team at the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.
His coach with Ireland – who was also part of the Roughnecks staff when McBride was on the roster – knows just how valuable McBride is to the team.
“You can only coach so much. Once they are on the floor, especially on those big rinks, the players can’t hear what you are saying and you need a calming influence like Andrew on the floor, which is great for us,” explained Jeff Dowling. “G…

Team Finland: Kelusky set to lead Finns

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After helping Canada win gold as a player at the first two Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Championships in 2003 and 2007, Tracey Kelusky now finds himself on the other side as one of the many countries scheming to end Canada’s reign as the four-time defending champion of the event.

The 43-year-old from Peterborough, Ontario has taken the reins as head coach of Finland’s men’s national team after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator on the squad four years ago. Finland placed ninth that year out of 13 teams and returns roughly 60 or 70 per cent of that roster.
And Kelusky likes what he sees in his squad.
“They remind me a whole lot of the Canadian guys, blue-collar guys who aren’t afraid to get their noses dirty and who aren’t afraid to get in and mix it up,” he enthused. “We are a passionate group, a hard-working group.”
When Finland takes to the floor at the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley, they will be aiming to build on their ninth-…

Irish take aim at top four

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Eighth, seventh and sixth place – those are the finishes for Team Ireland, working backwards, from the previous three FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Based on those three results, the natural conclusion would be that the team finishes fifth this September when the quadrennial championship is held at Langley Events Centre.
Head coach Jeff Dowling has the bar slightly higher, however, with a goal to make the medal round and finish top four.
“We were pretty close last time and the guys are ready to take the next step and that is what we really want to accomplish, we want to try and get into the medal round,” Dowling said.
The coach, who lives in Ancaster, Ontario and has Irish roots through his great-grandfather, is back behind the bench for a fourth time, coaching the team at all three of their WILC appearances (2007, 2011 and 2015) as well as the European Box Lacrosse Championship (2017) when the team placed third.
Between the 2015 and 2017 squads, Dowling figures three quarte…