The Federation of International Lacrosse's 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship will be held on September 18-27 in Syracuse, NY. The Carrier Dome will host the medal round of the tournament.
Last week US Lacrosse announced its list of players invited to tryouts for the 2015 US Men's Indoor National Team. Yesterday, US Lacrosse revealed its final roster for the team, and it includes three former SU players. Brian Megill and Joel White will play defense for the US Team while former Syracuse standout Casey Powell will be featured as a forward.
Joel White finished his Syracuse career as one of the best LSMs ever to play the college game. White was a Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist in 2010 and 2011, helped the Orange to two NCAA National Titles, and now plays for the NLL's Georgia Swarm and the MLL's Rochester Rattlers. Former two-time Tewaaraton Trophy winner and four-time All-American Casey Powell had an outstanding career with the Orange. Powell formerly played for the Colorado Mammoth of the NLL and currently plays for the Florida Launch of the MLL. Finally, Brian Megill was a physical, shut-down defender and finished his collegiate career as the all-time caused turnover leader for Syracuse. Megill plays for the New England Black Wolves of the NLL and formerly played for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of the MLL.
The Iroquois Nationals also announced its final roster this week. The group includes several former Orange players including Randy Staats, Jeremy Thompson, Brett Bucktooth, Sid Smith, and Warren Hill. Currently, Hill is fighting for the starting goalie position at Syracuse, while Staats graduated this past year and finished as one of the best attackman in college lacrosse in 2015. Jeremy Thompson played for the Orange for two seasons. While with SU, he was known for his instant offense off of the face-off. Several family members will join Jeremy on the Iroquois' squad, including former Albany players Lyle and Miles Thompson. Brett Bucktooth played for Syracuse between 2003 and 2006 and finished with 111 points in his SU career. Sid Smith was a defenseman for SU, winning back-to-back National Championships in his two years with the Orange.
There is also one other Syracuse player participating in the World Championship, and that is Stephen Keogh who will lead the Irish National Team. Keogh finished his SU career ninth in all-time goals for Syracuse.
The US has never won the event or finished in second place. Each of the three previous Tournaments has featured Team Canada as the Champions, the Iroquois as the runner up, and the US in third place. This is going to be one heck of an event, and I highly encourage anyone around campus to check it out.