Volume 03 | ONWARD October 2022
Onward Lacrosse!
October 2022
In this issue:
  1. "The Return of Canadian Lacrosse, Summer 2022" - Matt Black
  2. "Planned Giving" - create a charitable gift now that goes to the organization you love
  3. "Lacrosse Canada National Teams Review – Summer 2022" - Michelle Bowyer
  4. "A Lacrosse Minute with Russ Sheppard"
The Return of Canadian Lacrosse, Summer 2022
Matthew Black
Chairperson
CLHOF
Welcome to the fall issue of Onward. What a great summer for Lacrosse in Canada! So many notable achievements this year. Congratulations to all participants in the Canada Summer Games which marked the return of Lacrosse since 1985 and to the overdue inclusion of women to the event. Teams came from across the country to play the National Game!

We were also privileged with exciting and thrilling Minto and Mann Cup championships! Both Junior and Senior series went the full series and whether your team won or not, we can all agree it was great and exciting lacrosse.  
Finally in international field lacrosse, both our women’s National Team and Men’s U21 Team brought home world silvers this year. I save in my opinion the best for last from this summer of lacrosse. Both of our Women’s and Men’s lacrosse’s sixes competed in Birmingham Atlanta during the World Games. The Women won an exciting come from behind victory 14 to 12 winning World Gold in what may will be the Olympic version of Lacrosse. Prior to the Women’s win, the Men utterly dominated their competition in the gold medal game winning World Gold by a score of 23 to 9.

Let’s hope the country gets behind our teams so that we can continue to be leaders in World Lacrosse and more championships to come!
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How you direct your financial legacy speaks a lot to the values you hold dear and the kind of life you’ve built through the years.

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Lacrosse Canada National Teams Review
Summer 2022
Michelle Bowyer
CLHOF Class of 2020
In Brief
The summer of 2022 was a whirlwind of events for our Canadian national teams beginning with the senior women’s field team competing at the biggest World Championship ever hosted by World Lacrosse. Twenty-nine teams competed for gold with the reigning champion USA taking home the top prize.

Following directly on the heels of this event, many of the Canadian team travelled to Alabama for the World Games where they played in the inaugural Sixes event in Birmingham against the top eight world powers in the game.
The Canadian Men’s Sixes squad was also competed in the World Games the week prior to the arrival of the women’s team. Canada finished their side of the event with a 5-0 record, dominating Team USA in the gold medal final by a score of 23-9.
 
Last but not least, Canada’s U21 men’s field team headed across the pond to Ireland in August to compete in the U21 World Championship featuring 23 teams.
 
Women’s World Field Championships – Towson, Maryland (June 29th - July 9th)
The Canadian Women’s National Team battled hard for supremacy in round robin play in the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship, losing just one game to the top-seed American squad. Team Canada ended up in a nail-biter of a game versus England in the semi-final match-up, but pulled through with an 11-9 win. 

Canada went on to face the USA in the gold medal game, and as is often the case, it was a hotly contested battle, with the USA coming out on top by a score of 11-8.  The second-place finish matched Canada’s best results in 2013 and 2017. 
Canada had three players named to the All-World team—Aurora Cordingley, Dana Dobbie, and Kaylin Morissette. Dobbie, who also received the Wes Patterson Award, had 13 goals and 13 draw controls and Morrissette led the tournament with 58 draw controls. Dobbie was a repeat selection, making the All-World team in 2017 as well.
Erica Evans led the team with 24 goals, followed by Aurora Cordingley’s 14. Both had 26 points. 

Roster
Aurora Cordingley, Dana Dobbie, Alie Jimerson, Hannah Morris, Madalyn Baxter, Bianca Chevarie, Annabel Child, Erica Evans, Megan Kinna, Jillian McNaughton, Nicole Perroni, Brooklyn Walker-Welch, Emily Boissonneault, Kaylin Morissette, Brenna Shanahan, Lydia Sutton, Cassidy Eckert, Kameron Halsall, Bryar Hogg -Alternate and Reagan Wilson-Alternate
This team was led by Head Coach, Scott Teeter, Associate Head Coach, Gary Gait, and Assistant Coaches, Allison Daley, Tami Rayner, Caitlin Watkins and Jason Lavesque.
 
World Games (Men’s & Women’s) – Birmingham, Alabama (July 7-17th)
The World Games saw the global debut of Sixes lacrosse, the version of the game launched in 2020 that will eventually make its way into the Olympics, possibly as soon as 2028! Sixes is played on a 70 x 36-meter outdoor field, has 8-minute running time quarters, a 60-second shot clock, and the men’s and women’s rules are almost identical (aside from the equipment). This new discipline is extremely fast paced and drew the attention of hundreds of athletes from other sports who were also competing at the World Games.

On the men’s side, Canada’s dynamite offense was on full display during the gold medal match-up at the 2022 World Games. The team saw nine different scorers, and goaltender Brett Dobson was a force in the cage in the 23-9 win over the USA.
Canada finished the tournament with 96 goals, the highest of any team, and 35 goals against, the lowest goals against. Jeff Teat, who finished the tournament with 11 goals and seven assists, credits the team chemistry that was formed over the week spent training together prior to this event as the key to their success.
Canada was dominant throughout the tournament, kicking things off with a 21-9 victory over Haudenosaunee, a 26-10 win over Japan, and 26-7 over Israel in the preliminary round. They defeated Great Britain 22-11 in the semi-final.
Josh Byrne (21 G) and Zach Currier (17 G) put up strong performances throughout the competition. The Canadian team’s speed, and experience in tight conditions, primarily due to the box game experience, contributed to their success.

Roster
Challen Rogers, Reid Bowering, Drake Porter, Dhane Smith, Jeff Teat, Josh Byrne, Wesley Berg, Jordan MacIntosh, Clarke Petterson, Brett Dobson, Brian Cole and Zach Currier
This team was led by Head Coach Brodie Merrill and John Grant Jr.

On the women’s side, the majority of Canada’s roster of top women players headed down to Birmingham where they competed in the World Games Sixes event. Canada went undefeated at the World Games, finishing with an historic win over the USA in the global debut of the World Lacrosse Sixes. The team had 7 different scorers, several of whom started their careers in the box game, demonstrating the relevance of the small-sided game in this new discipline!

Aurora Cordingley (13 G, 9 A) and Erica Evans (11 G, 2 A) put up outstanding performances in the new format. Lauren Spence was a force to be reckoned with in the cage, saving more than 50 goals. The Canadian's grit and speed, as well as the team’s chemistry after nearly three weeks together was a significant contributor to their success.

Roster
Aurora Cordingley, Dana Dobbie, Madalyn Baxter, Lauren Black, Annabel Child, Erica Evans, Megan Kinna, Nicole Perroni, Brooklyn Walker-Welch, Emily Boissonneault, Lydia Sutton, Lauren Spence
This team was again led by Head Coach Scott Teeter
 
Men’s U21 World Field Championship – Limerick, Ireland (August 10th – 20th)
Canada opened at the World Championship with a 7-5 loss to the US, but went undefeated throughout the rest of the tournament. They defeated Australia 18-3, England 13-1, and Haudenosaunee 14-6 in pool play. Canada met the host country, Ireland, in the quarterfinals with a 17-7 win and defeated Australia 19-1 in semi-finals.

Canada lost to the unbeaten USA in the final, earning them a silver medal, losing 12-10. Canada will bring home its seventh silver medal from this tournament. Canada finished the tournament with 63 goals for and 37 goals against
Levi Verch, Owen Hiltz, and Graydon Hogg were named to the All-World Team. Ross Scott was also named the tournament's Most Outstanding Attacker. 
Ross Scott (17G G, 11A) and Owen Hiltz (19G, 7A) put up outstanding performances throughout the tournament. Caleb Creasor and Aden Walsh were steady in the cage, and each posted a 53 per cent save percentage.

Roster
Casey Wilson, Alex Marinier, Noah Manning, Sam English, Brock Haley, Matt Wright, Ross, Scott, Carter Page, Trent DiCicco, Josh Fairey, Ty English, Aden Walsh, Reed Kurtz, Caleb Creasor, Andrew Dalton, Thomas McConvey, Graydon Hogg, Jack Follows, Bo Columbus, Michael Grace, Levi Verch, Owen Hiltz and Adam Poitras
This team was led by Head Coach Matt Brown and Dan Carey as the General Manager
 
At the close of this final tournament of the summer, World Lacrosse President, Sue Redfern stated, “This World Championship provided an excellent finish to a great summer of lacrosse…”
Last Chance for Class of 2022 Induction Tickets
Last Chance for Class of 2022 Induction Tickets
The formal induction banquet and ceremonies for the Class of 2022 will be held Saturday November 12, 2022 at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Anvil Centre in New Westminster, British Columbia.
Come join us as we honour the Class of 2022 Inductees:
Players: Rich Catton, Blane Harrison, Trish Nicholson, Josh Sanderson, Troyhann Santos and Kaleb Toth
Builders Rey Comeault, Doug Luey and Joanne Stanga
Official: Bill Fox
A Lacrosse Minute with Russ Sheppard
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