Colorado Mammoth defensemen Tim Edwards and Taylor Stuart will compete for the United States Team, both as transition players, at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC) in Langley, British Columbia, from September 19-29, as announced today by US Lacrosse.
Edwards, a 26-year-old Canisius College product, previously played for the U.S. in the 2017 Heritage Cup, an exhibition game between the U.S. and Canadian indoor men’s lacrosse teams held in Hamilton, Ontario. This time around, the Jamesville, New York native is preparing to represent his country by sticking to the basics.
"I am currently in the middle of a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) season with the Boston Cannons, which has kept my stick skills and fitness level close to where I want them to be going into the WILC, so, I won’t be changing much with my weekly routine to prepare for the Championship," said Edwards. "The only adjustment I will probably make is implementing a little more strength training throughout the week to prepare for the more physical brand of lacrosse that will be played at the WILC. On a team level, I am sure the staff has some things planned to keep building team chemistry."
For 24-year-old Stuart, a Bellarmine University alumnus who now calls Denver home, the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the 2019 WILC is a career first. The Coquitlam, B.C. native, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, is preparing for the World Championship by taking the turf with the Denver Outlaws of the MLL through the summer.
Edwards and Stuart, who forced the second (21) and third-most (20) caused turnovers for the Mammoth in 2018-19, will face off against four of their teammates – Eli McLaughlin, Dan Coates, Robert Hope and Dillon Ward – when the U.S. opens its schedule on September 19 against Canada.
The U.S. took bronze at all four previous World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015) while Canada captured gold.