The 2014 Iroquois Nationals announce their 2014 roster that will be competing in the FIL Championships in Denver, Colorado. The team consists of players from the Haudenosaunee communities and two players from the Ojibwa and Cherokee Nation.Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse
“Making this National’s team is quite an accomplishment,” said GM Gewas Schindler. “From top to bottom, our athletes were competing at the highest level to make this team.”
BALTIMORE – Tasked with taking on the #1 team in the nation on the road, the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team put its strong defensive performance of the year together to shut down 3-seed Loyola 13-6 to move on to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
UAlbany (12-5) allowed just six goals, to Loyola (15-2), its lowest goal-mark of the year after giving up seven goals in wins over Stony Brook and Binghamton. Blaze Riorden had 13 saves in the cage did not allow more than two goals in any quarter on Saturday.
WASHINGTON – UAlbany attackmen Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson have been selected as Tewaaraton Finalists, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced on Thursday.
The Thompson brothers are two of five finalists selected for the Tewaaraton committee. The committee is made up of NCAA coaches throughout the country, selecting the top-five players in all divisions of lacrosse for consideration for the Tewaaraton Trophy.
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The Finland National Team has confirmed they will make their international indoor lacrosse debut at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, held at Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’ Onondaga Nation Arena near Syracuse, N.Y., and First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., in September of 2015.
Haudenosaunee Iroquois Nationals is proud to post a Spring Roster of players that will make up its 2014 Iroquois Nationals Field Lacrosse Team. The finalized version of the team roster will be announced later in June, as the Iroquois Nationals prepare for competition at the 2014 Men’s World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado.
The second November weekend marks the end of the Fall Round of the Polish Lacrosse League. But it will not be the last opportunity to see lacrosse in Poland this year. The Polish National Team (male/female) will play exhibition games on the 29th of December in Warszawa against Israel (male/female) and Durva Dynamite (male/Latvia).
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By Sam Laskaris
The Iroquois Nationals can finally get to the task at hand – building the best team possible without having to worry about any nagging off-field concerns. The men’s field lacrosse squad has had its share of incidents to worry about in recent years.
For starters, there was the much publicized case in 2010 when team members were not allowed to travel to England on their Haudenosaunee passports. As a result, the club, which was considered a medal contender, did not participate in the world field lacrosse championships that year.
Earlier this year, the Iroquois Nationals discovered that since its team did not take part in the 2010 global tournament, it would be seeded 30th for the 2014 World Championships, which will be held in Denver next summer.
That’s because the sport’s world governing body – Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) – had a bylaw in its constitution which stipulates teams are ranked for world championships based on their finish at the previous tournament.
Since 29 teams had competed at the 2010 tourney, the Nationals were originally seeded behind all of these countries.
After various appeals and FIL votes this year, the Nationals general manager Gewas Schindler finally got word last week. His squad will be one of six competing at the Denver tournament.
“It’s been a long process,” Schindler said. “It’s definitely a big relief and we’re definitely happy we’re back in the Blue Division, which is the premier division.”
The division will also feature the defending tournament champion United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and England.
The Nationals team was actually reinstated into the Blue Division this past August, but there were several hurdles to overcome. US lacrosse officials could not accommodate a seven-team Blue Division at next year’s tournament.
Schindler said organizers cited field availability and scheduling difficulties as some of their concerns for wanting to keep the division at six teams instead of seven.
As a result, another FIL vote was required.
The 23 countries that have full voting memberships in the FIL had to decide whether to keep Germany – the sixth-place finisher at the 2010 tournament – in the top division for next year.
“It really wasn’t about us,” Schindler said of the latest FIL ruling. “It was a vote whether Germany was going to be the seventh team in the Blue Division or whether they were going to drop down one division.”
Schindler said there was considerable support for his team.
“There were 15,000 people who signed a petition saying they wouldn’t go to the world championships if we weren’t in the Blue Division,” he said.
Schindler said that based on how the question of the last vote was phrased there was no way his team could have been dropped down to a lower division. Its position in the Blue
Division had been guaranteed this past August.
Now Schindler just wants to look ahead.
“We just want to move on and focus on what we’re supposed to do,” he said.
Cody Jamieson, who is expected to be one of the star players on the Iroquois Nationals team, was pleased to hear FIL appeals and votes are now complete.
“It’s definitely nice to know we’ll be where we belong – with the elite teams of the world,” he said.
Jamieson said that players who will make up the Iroquois Nationals roster were not really discussing the off-field activities that were taking place throughout the year.
“We pretty much didn’t talk about it at all,” he said. “We knew things would work themselves out.”
The Nationals have participated in five previous world men’s field lacrosse tournaments. But they are still seeking their first medal.
They placed fifth at the 1990 and 1994 events and they finished fourth in 1998, 2002 and 2006.Jamieson believes the club is capable of a Top 3 finish in Denver.
“I think this is our best team going yet,” he said.
Press Release: Iroquois Nationals, Friday, November 15, 2013
Iroquois Nationals vs. Team Canada: Sunday, November 17th
Two of the best lacrosse teams in the world will meet this Sunday at 2:00 pm, November 17th- 2013 in the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada. The Iroquois Nationals Indoor Lacrosse Team is featured in an exhibition match with Team Canada.
The weekend of the Iroquois Nationals vs. Team Canada Exhibition game will include an introduction of the Iroquois Nationals team and 3 additional lacrosse games honoring Future and Past Haudenosaunee Lacrosse Athletes.
The Iroquois National program will sponsor a “Meet-N-Greet” the Iroquois National’s Players on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Kahnawake Community Lacrosse Box from 5-7pm.
The Iroquois Nationals players for the 2:00 pm main event are: #88 Cody Jamieson, #79 Sid Smith, #81 Roger Vyse, #63 Tom Montour, #77 Jeff Shattler, #93 Johnny Powless, #28 Vaughn Harris, #74 Jeremy Thompson, #24 Mike Lazore, #26 Brett Bucktooth, #83 Randy Staats, #47 Travis Hill, #72 Rod Squire, Karak Two Axe, Kauwawiio Diome, Joe Hall, #84 Brandon Francis, Nick Angus, Tontie McComber, #94 Wenster Green, #66 Mike Thompson, #55 Angus Goodleaf, Donovan Fleischer, Reserves; Mark Kirby, Shane Francis, Adam Bomberry, Chad Norton, and Josh Johnson.
The event in Kahnawake on Saturday, November 16yh, will include the official announcement releasing “Tammy Beavais Designs” as the official indigenous apparel company for the Iroquois Nationals Team for the 2014 & 2015 World Lacrosse Championships. The 2014 WIC is July 10-19th in Denver, Colorado, and the 2015 is September 18-16th hosted by Haudenosaunee: Onondaga Nation, near Syracuse, New York. Tammy Beavais is a Haudenosaunee: Mohawk from the Kahnawake Mohawk Community and designed the Iroquois Nationals official indigenous team apparel for the 2012 U-19 WLC in Finland last year.
The Iroquois Nationals Exhibition game provides a time to celebrate our future and past athletes with a pair of U-17 indigenous youth exhibition lacrosse games and an indigenous master’s lacrosse game scheduled prior to the 2:00pm main event Iroquois Nationals vs. Team Canada on Sunday at the Bell Centre. The Iroquois Nationals announces the following schedule of lacrosse competitions for Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Bell Centre, Montreal.
|9:30 am||Bantam Level: Kahnawake vs. Quebec|
|11:00 am||Midget Level: Team Iroquois vs. Team Quebec|
|12:30 pm||Masters Level: Iroquois vs. Quebec|
|Main Event 2:00 pm||IROQUOIS NATIONALS vs. TEAM CANADA|
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For more information contact: Gewas Schindler, email@example.com