Canada selects team for world lacrosse final

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

Canada's field lacrosse roster for 2006 has been solidified after tryouts in London, where the world championships will take place July 13-22.

"This has been the toughest selection camp that Canada has ever had. There's unbelievable talent here," said head coach Frank Nielsen. He and assistant coaches David Huntley, Ed Comeau and Randy Mearns cut the tryout list to a final 23 from 53.

Nielsen was head coach in 1998 and 2002 as well. The world championships are held every four years.

Some well-known box lacrosse players are on the roster. However, there's a big selection of young players as just seven members of the 2002 team made the cut.

Goalie Chris Sanderson of Orangeville returns and is joined by new goalie Kyle Miller, also of Orangeville. Other returning players are defencemen Tom Phair of Brampton and Steve Toll of Whitby; midfielders Chris Seller of Richmond, B.C. and Gavin Prout and Shawn Williams, both of Whitby; and attacker John Grant Jr.

Also making the cut:

Defence: Brodie Merrill, Orangeville; Taylor Wray and Geoff Snider, both Edmonton; Matt Vinc and Billy-Dee Smith, both St. Catharines; Andy Turner, Beamsville; and Jim Moss, Brampton.

Midfield: Colin Doyle, Kitchener; Stephen Hoar, Whitby; Ryan Marshall, Scarborough; A.J. Shannon, Whitby; and Ryan Ward, Victoria.

Attack: Gary Gait and Tom Marechek, both Victoria, Ont., and Jeff Zywicki, Ottawa.


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