The greatest rivalry in lacrosse gets ready for its next chapter, as Canada and USA will go head to head for the first time since the 2023 World Championships.They will meet in the Fall Classic that goes from October 13-15, 2023 at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Maryland. The event will feature Team Canada men vs the USA men's team on Friday night, along with both countries U20 Women's field teams squaring off. Two powerhouse NCAA programs will also be joining the action on Saturday night, as Penn State (men's) will take on both the USA and Canada. Meanwhile on the women's side, the reigning NCAA champion Northwestern Wildcats will also compete against Canada and the USA.
Here at Lacrosse Canada we are excited to announce the Men's roster and staff that will be travelling to Maryland to take on the Americans and Penn State. The roster is made up of U25 athletes who are looking to make their mark on the international game, along with many familiar faces from the U20 Worlds and the Men's World Championship rosters. Players such as Patrick Shoemay, Dyson Williams, Casey Wilson, Cam Wyers, Michael Grace, Justin Ignacio, and Caleb Creasor all return from the World Championship roster. Defender Owen Grant also will have the opportunity to represent the red and white after an injury held him from competing in San Diego. Now healthy, Owen brings his strong physical game back onto the international stage.
This event will be the rematch of the World Championship finals that took place July 1st, 2023 in San Diego. It was a hard fought back and forth game that ultimately saw the Americans come out on top 10-7 off the back of a stellar Brennen O'Neill performance. It was the 6th straight time that these teams had met in the finals of a World Championship. The Fall Classic will be the next instalment of this great rivalry.
The Coaching staff includes big names such as Tracey Kelusky, Mark Miyashita, Dan Coates, and Kevin Crowley. All four of these coaches have experience at the national team level, either as a player or coach. We could not be more excited to see them coaching some of Canada's best athletes at the event.
October 13, 7:30 PM Canada vs USA
October 14, 5:30pm Canada vs Penn State
Staff and player roster are both included below
|First Name||Last Name||Position||Local Organization||School||Pro Team|
|Zack||Deaken||Midfield||Orangeville||Jacksonville||New York Riptide|
|Owen||Grant||Defence||Newmarket/ Toronto||Delaware||Vancouver Warriors/ Redwoods|
|Justin||Inacio||Faceoff||Oakville||Ohio State||Calgary Roughnecks/ Archers|
|Tye||Kurtz||Attack||Guelph/ Kitchener||Delaware||Albany Firewolves/ Chaos|
|Thomas||McConvey||Midfield||Mimico||Vermont/ Virginia||Rochester Knighthawks/ Waterdogs|
|Patrick||Shoemay||Defence||Surrey/ New Westminister||RIT||San Diego Seals|
|Matt||Wright||Defence||Oakville/ Mimico||North Carolina/ Syracuse||N/A|
|Cam||Wyers||Defence||Nepean/ Toronto||Loyola (MD)||Buffalo Bandits/ Archers|
|First Name||Last Name||Role||Pro/College Team|
|Dave||Murray||Athletic Therapist||Toronto Rock|
|Dan||Carey||General Manager||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Terry||Rayner||National Team Coordinator|
About Lacrosse Canada
Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - NormaTec Recovery Systems, RockTape, OPRO, Canadian Red Cross, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
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