OTTAWA, ONTARIO - The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) has announced the 51 players selected to vie for a spot on the Canadian National Men's Field Lacrosse Team. UNC junior Chad Tutton (Courtice, Ontario), an All-American midfielder for Coach Joe Breschi's team is among those selected.
Team Canada will compete at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo. The selection camp will be held from October 11 -14, 2013 on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Tutton is one of nine current collegians remaining in the hunt for a roster spot with Team Canada.
A total of 97 players submitted tryout applications which were considered by a selection committee including current and past national team coaches, as well as current college and professional coaches. Team Canada head coach Randy Mearns (St. Catharines, Canisius College) will oversee the camp.
"Getting from 97 applications to the 51 Team Canada invitee list was certainly no easy task and when you look at the quality and character of the selection camp list our job doesn't get any easier." said Mearns. "I am excited to bring this group together in a few weeks and I know we'll have many tough decisions to make. In my experience with the national program, I think it is safe to say that this is the deepest, most qualified group of Canadian Field Lacrosse players trying to earn a spot to represent Canada in the World Championships next July."
The candidates will have a busy weekend with a series of intra-squad events and scrimmages against NCAA teams Denver, Robert Morris, and Canisius scheduled over the four days. Dates, times, and ticket information for the three scrimmages will be made available soon.