EIGHT MAMMOTH PLAYERS AMONG TEAM CANADA HOPEFULS
Just nine months from now, the lacrosse world’s attention will be focused directly on DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. The preliminary process of selecting the Canadian national team took place this weekend in Buffalo, N.Y. Eight of the 52 players invited to the try-outs are on the Mammoth roster, including (L to R): Cam Holding, Bob Snider, Dan Coates, John Grant Jr., Adam Jones, Dillon Ward, Jordan McBride and Cameron Mann.
The national team hopefuls competed against the University of Denver and Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse teams and showcased their depth and individual skill-sets.
Quotes from the Weekend:
Mammoth defenseman Dan Coates on representing his nation in Denver
“It’d be something special, especially playing for the Colorado Mammoth. We saw what the ‘Duel in Denver’ [in September 2012] brought and the amount of people there. To have the World Championships in Colorado and to be a part of [the event] would be a dream come true for me.”
Mammoth goaltender Dillon Ward on playing in Colorado
“It’s definitely going to be exciting. I’m looking forward to the experience this winter with the Mammoth and hoping to do some good things with [the team]. Then, to be able to represent my country, throw on the maple leaf – something I’ve never done – it’s going to be something special too.”
Mammoth transition player Cam Holding on Mammoth fans supporting the World Championships
“It’d be incredible to see our Denver fans out next July – obviously a really supportive group and it would be great to have them on what we would call our ‘home turf’ in Denver.”
Former Mammoth player Matt Brown, currently the associate head coach of the DU Pioneers and an assistant coach with Team Canada
“We’ve got probably the deepest pool of Canadian lacrosse players to ever step on a field together.”
“You’re going to have on display the greatest lacrosse players in the world. I say that meaning us Canadians, the Americans and the Iroquois, and all the other countries that are going to be there [at the World Championships]. It’s going to be a wonderful event…”