As a Canadian citizen, participating in the tournament as a member of the Chinese national team meant more than representing where I was from, or where I had been born and lived my entire life. It was an opportunity to get in touch with my heritage, meet new people, travel and explore parts of Asia, learn about China and Chinese culture, and lastly, the chance to Grow The Game.
Lacrosse isn’t just growing in the United States, it’s exploding across the World. The game is now played on 6 of 7 continents. This is where you’ll find International Lacrosse news and coverage from around the globe.
First thing’s first, we want to extend a HUGE “Welcome to the World Lacrosse Championship” to all 9 teams that competed in this year’s event for the first time including; Uganda, Thailand, Israel, Colombia, Costa Rica, Russia, China, Belgium and Turkey. Check out the iconic images from the first day!
Winona LaDuke explains how lacrosse is a microcosm of the Iroquois Nation’s fight for sovereignty. “The history of lacrosse is also the history of attempts by the Iroquois Nation—the longest-standing democracy in North America—to gain recognition under international law.”
The World Lacrosse Championships always offer up some truly fantastic examples of lax gear. It’s not the point of the event, actually that’s far from it, but it is an undeniable end result. We could stick our heads in the sand like an ostrich, or we can embrace this world lacrosse championships gear on some level. It’s time for gear hugs!
David Steves provided updates on a first year NCAA D3 team, Houghton College, for ‘CAC to the CAC this past Spring, but David didn’t stop there! He went out to Denver for the World Lacrosse Championships this July with the FCA Service Team, and helped prep international teams for their official games during a week of training camp.
The 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship was the largest gathering of men’s national teams ever. 38 teams played in the 2014 FIL event and we got to see a glimpse of the future right now. I’m going to run down some of the nations, and regions, that really impressed this Summer!
The Canadian National Lacrosse Team won the Gold Medal at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado in a monumental win over powerhouse Team USA. This marked the 3rd time in history that the Canadians topped the US to win the Gold!
As if the Hong Kong lacrosse team didn’t make enough AWESOME videos along the way, the HKLA produced one more video to close out their experience to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships earlier this month in Denver, Colorado.
In Belgium’s first ever World Lacrosse Championship game, they were matched up against “big brother” Germany. It was a good start for the Germans whose former coaching roster vacated the program as they were upset at Germany’s exclusion from the Blue Division in order to reinstate the Iroquois.
Jason Noble receives a pass just over the midfield line, uncharted territory for a defenseman. He looks up to a barrage of incoming defenders and immediately knows what they are thinking. A quick panic comes over Noble as he nears the goalie — “Should I shoot it?” he thinks to himself. A familiar voice commands, “Shoot it Jason!”
Beyond the obvious issues to Olympic Lacrosse, there are some lesser known hurdles, and this post will talk about both as well as the growing Iroquois issue, so that the community has a better sense of our sport’s true Olympics position at this moment in time.
Was there a lot of traditional at the World Lacrosse Championships? Yes there was, and I figured there would be at least a bit, but in the end there was WAY MORE TRADITIONAL than I thought there would be.
This post will cover the FIL World Lacrosse Championships as objectively as possible, and talk about as much of the the good, the bad, and the ugly, as is humanly possible.
Lacrosse withdrawal is a serious thing, and if you were out at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championhips in Denver, CO, this Summer, you’re probably feeling it pretty hard right now.
Connor caught a LOT of lacrosse games off the beaten path. Check out the new World Lacrosse Championships Video and find the LaxAllStars Channel on YouTube for continued FIL visual excellence!