In the shadows of Team USA and Team Canada playing for gold was a highly explosive Iroquois National team that was moving the ball in and out of their sticks every way imaginable to defeat the Australians for bronze.
The Nationals fell short in the semifinal round losing to Team Canada by a score of 14-11, but they didn’t go down with a fight. Jaw dropping plays from the Nationals seemed to be popping up every 30 minutes on social media.
In the past, the team has fielded some pretty special talent with the Thompson brothers, Zach Miller, and Randy Staats. However, there is a new wave of talent that lead the charge.
A few notable players on the team are:
Doug was definitely one of the bigger players this weekend, and I mean that literally. With a 6’3″ 240lb frame this guy bullied everyone at the “X”. He played a huge part in getting the ball into his teammates sticks by winning 40 out of 54 draws in the tournament. Doug has just finished his two years at Onondaga Community College and plans on entering the NLL draft.
Tehoka quickly became a fan favorite with his lacrosse wizardry. Over and over again this guy found amazing ways to put the ball in the back of the net. With 20 points for the week he was named the FIL positional MVP for attack,and he was named to the world team. Soon he will be finishing his last year at IMG Academy before heading up to the University of Albany where he joins former teammates Colin Lyons and Cougar Kirby.
Leading the Blue division with 21 points (13 goals, 8 assists) and scrapping his way to the top was Austin Staats, the younger brother of Randy Staats. Austin was not afraid to get his hands dirty and draw a few penalties for his team. Austin scored three goals while playing against Team USA, and he was named to the World team. This fall Austin will be playing for OCC.
Other notable players are Matthew Bennett, Sekwanee Baker, and Mitch Laffin.