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Iroquois 2014 Division Status Update

Sometimes you want to cover a story that someone else has already hit out of the park. And when it comes to us covering an update on the Iroquois’ 2014 FIL Status this is the case.

Matt DaSilva, over at Lacrosse Magazine, has done a wonderful job with his report, and we got permission from him to reprint a portion of his article:

Lyle Thompson just finished one point shy of the NCAA’s all-time single season scoring record with Albany.

Cody Jamieson just became the first player to win consecutive Champion’s Cup MVP honors in the National Lacrosse League with the Rochester Knighthawks.

Jamieson’s cousin, Sid Smith, just led the Knighthawks to their second straight NLL championship as team captain.

Everywhere you look in today’s lacrosse landscape, you’ll find Iroquois players not only honoring what they call the Creator’s Game, but also excelling in all of its modern forms. But uncertainty again surrounds their participation in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship.

Last month, the Iroquois Nationals appealed for the second time an FIL decision that would withhold them from the top division at the 2014 world games in Denver — a motion that now resides in a vote among the FIL’s 27 full-member nations.

The controversy stems from the Iroquois Nationals’ absence from the 2010 games in Manchester, England, due to a well-publicized dispute over the validity of their Haudenosaunee-issued passports. Germany took the Iroquois’ place in the Blue Division, traditionally reserved for the top six teams from the previous world championship.

“Politics between the U.S. and the U.K. stood in the way of the Iroquois Nationals competing… in 2010,” Iroquois Nationals general manager Gewas Schindler wrote in a May 10 letter to the FIL General Assembly. “No comparable past precedence exists. To make such a ruling on uncertain principles contradicts the spirit of international competition and the celebration of the Creator’s Game.”

To finish up this fantastic article (and there is a LOT more to read!), head on over to Lacrosse Magazine online, and read Iroquois’ 2014 Status in Hands of FIL General Assembly.