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French National Team – L’Equipe de France: Roster Announcement

The National Lacrosse Program of France has announced the roster they’ll be traveling to Netanya, Israel with for the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships.

The French National Lacrosse team proudly announces its roster for the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel. The roster comprises players from Lille, France to Vancouver, Canada and all the way to French Guyana in South America.

(For a list of other national team rosters, click HERE.)

The selection trials process began in March 2017 with 60 players; as a result, this will be the most competitive roster France Lacrosse has ever fielded in an international competition. The roster currently includes 22 confirmed members and a remaining spot reserved for a player to be named before the World Championships.

22-Man French Roster

  • Jared Baumiester – Paris Lacrosse, Attack
  • Kevin Betrand – Adams State University Alumni, Attack
  • Keivan Bengel – Karlshuhe Lacrosse Storm, Midfield
  • Benoit Bressart – Lille Wild Seagulls, Midfield
  • Nico Carton – Fribourg Skunks, France Frogs, Defense
  • Jesse Chedotal – Maidenstown Redwolves, Defense
  • Maxime Chilinski – Lille Wild Seagulls, Defense
  • Felix DeClerq – Whalers, Midfield
  • Baptiste Desoil – Lille Wild Seagulls, Attack
  • Etienne Desoil – Lille Wild Seagulls, Midfield
  • Thomas Flamen – Lille Wild Seagulls, Midfield
  • Remy Giacotto – Chicago Outlaws, Midfield
  • Paul Lefebvre – Durham University, Midfield
  • Paul Maitre – French Army, Midfield
  • Alex Morghese – Ladner Pioneers, Attack
  • Quentin Norris – McGill University, Westmount Lynx, Midfield
  • Lester Salmins – Welwyn Warriors, Defense
  • Dom Sandy – Spencer Lacrosse Club, Midfield
  • AJ Smith – Virginia Wesleyan Alumni, Defense
  • Dylan Snyder – University of Nottingham Alumni, Midfield
  • John Snyder – Rhodes College, Defense
  • Joe Varela – Alderson Broaddus University, Goalie
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Photo: France Lacrosse

Reserve Team

Francois Carton – Fribourg Skunks, Lyon’s club, Midfield
Christophe Delente – Ithaca College, Midfield
Didier Fardin – University of Asbury, Midfield
Gabriel Fardin – University of Asbury, Midfield
Greg Rouet – Paris Lacrosse, Attack
Daniel Park – Paris Lacrosse, Midfield
Lucas Salmins – Welwyn Warriors, Defense

Coaching Staff

Head Coach

James Johnson – Johns Hopkins Alumni, High Sierra Lacrosse

Jim Johnson’s coaching career began as it does for so many coaches; his sons’ interest in the game. Having played a little while in college, Jim coached at his local high school so that the boys could play. During his tenure, his teams finished either first or second in the High Sierra Lacrosse League each year. After his boys left, he stayed on, 7 years in all. He has also served as a Trainer for US Lacrosse’s Coaches Development program for 10 years.

In addition to coaching France Lacrosse, Jim now officiates and is the President of the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation, an organization that funds the growth of the game throughout northern Nevada and eastern California.

Jim was awarded a Bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1973. He is the managing partner of Level Three Performance Solutions, an executive development consultancy. He lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife, La Vonne.

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Photo: France Lacrosse

Defensive Coordinator

Brandon Bonacum – Felician University

Brendan Bonacum was appointed the first coach of the Felician men’s lacrosse program in October 2016. The Golden Falcons will begin play in spring 2018 as Felician’s 14th varsity intercollegiate sport, including its sixth for men.

Bonacum spent two seasons as the first head coach of the club team at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. He was also the recreation specialist at Columbus State, and served as the U17 head coach for the Copperheads Lacrosse Club.

Prior to Columbus State, Bonacum was an assistant at Briarcliffe College (2013) and at Dominican (N.Y.) College (2012). At both stops, he was responsible for player development of the goalkeepers and defensemen.

Bonacum was a goalkeeper at Dominican from 2008-11. A three-year starter, he still holds Charger records for career saves and single-season victories. Bonacum earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican in education and social sciences from Dominican in 2012 and a master’s in sports administration from Canisius College in 2014. He is the General Manager for the Mt. Olive Centercourt Club and Sports location, and resides in Lyndhurst with his wife, Danielle.

Offensive Coordinator

Steve Manitta – Felician University

Steve Manitta brings a wealth of sideline experience to the French National Team with over 25 years as a head coach under his belt. Manitta has earned the honor of becoming the New Jersey High School Coach of the Year in 2002 and in 2008. Moving on to the collegiate ranks, Manitta earned the title of DII’s East Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 with Mercy College, before making the jump to DI as the Head Coach for Manhattan College (’13-’15).
Last season, in 2017, Manitta was named DIII Assistant Coach of the Year for the Landmark Conference with Drew University. While still at Drew, Manitta also serves as the Director of Boys Lacrosse for Centercourt Sports in New Jersey.
Nicky Constant – Team Manager

Show Your Support

For more information on the team and France lacrosse please visit our newly revamped website. We’d like to note that the French National Lacrosse team receives no financial support from French public funding. Please consider making a donation to help propel the program through the 2018 World Games and beyond through our GoFundMe page!

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Photo: France Lacrosse

L’Equipe de France

L’Association Française de Lacrosse a le plaisir de vous présenter les joueurs qui représenteront la France aux championnats du monde de lacrosse en juillet à Netanya, Israël.

La Sélection Nationale est composée de joueurs de nationalité et d’origine française, en provenance des quatres coins du monde: de Lille à Vancouver, en passant par la Guyane française, l’Angleterre ou encore Dubaï.

Les sélections ont débuté en mars 2017 et ont réuni plus de 60 aspirants. Par conséquent, l’équipe présente en Isräel sera de loin l’équipe la plus performante que l’Association Française de Lacrosse ait envoyé dans une compétition internationale.

L’équipe est pour le moment composée de 22 joueurs, avec une 23ème place vacante pour un dernier joueur qui sera nommé avant les championnats.

  • Jared Baumeister – Paris Lacrosse, Attaque
  • Kevin Betrand – Adams State University Alumni, Attaque
  • Keiven Bengel – Karlshuhe Lacrosse Storm, Milieu de terrain
  • Benoit Bressart – Lille Wild Seagulls, Milieu de terrain
  • Nico Carton – Fribourg Skunks, Lyon’s club, Défense
  • Jesse Chedotal – Maidenstown Redwolves, Défense
  • Maxime Chilinski – Lille Wild Seagulls, Défense
  • Felix DeClerq – Whalers, Milieu de terrain
  • Baptiste Desoil – Lille Wild Seagulls, Attaque
  • Etienne Desoil – Lille Wild Seagulls, Milieu de terrain
  • Thomas Flamen – Lille Wild Seagulls, Milieu de terrain
  • Remy Giacotto – Chicago Outlaws, Milieu de terrain
  • Paul Lefebvre – Durham University, Milieu de terrain
  • Paul Maitre – French Army, Milieu de terrain
  • Alex Morghese – Ladner Pioneers, Attaque
  • Quentin Norris – McGill Univeristy, Westmount Lynx, Milieu de terrain
  • Lester Salmins – Welwyn Warriors, Défense
  • Dom Sandy – Spencer Lacrosse Club, Milieu de terrain
  • AJ Smith – Virginia Wesleyan Alumni, Défense
  • Dylan Snyder – University of Nottingham Alumni, Milieu de terrain
  • John Snyder – Rhodes College, Défense
  • Joe Varela – Alderson Broaddus University, Gardien

Réservistes

  • Francois Carton – Fribourg Skunks, Lyon’s club, Milieu de terrain
  • Christophe Delente – Ithaca College, Milieu de terrain
  • Didier Fardin – University of Asbury, Milieu de terrain
  • Gabriel Fardin – University of Asbury, Milieu de terrain
  • Francois Labbe – Lille Wild Seagulls, Attaque
  • Daniel Park – Paris Lacrosse, Milieu de terrain
  • Lucas Salmins – Welwyn Warriors, Défense

Staff

Sélectionneur – James Johnson (Johns Hopkins Alumni, High Sierra Lacrosse)
Entraineur défensif – Brandon Bonacum (Felician University)
Entraineur offensif – Steve Manitta (Felician University)

Pour plus d’informations sur la Sélection et les joueurs, https://www.france-lacrosse.fr/.

La Sélection ne reçoit pas d’aide ou de financement gouvernemental, et les joueurs doivent financer eux-mêmes leur participation ! Apportez leur votre soutien sur https://www.gofundme.com/francelacrosse

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