Wagner to Compete in FIL U19 World Championship w/Canada
March 3, 2016
-portion of this release taken from CLA announcement-
OTTAWA, Ontario – Marquette freshman John Wagner was selected to the 24-player Team Canada roster for for the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Men's Lacrosse World Championship, which will take place July 7-16, 2016 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
“I am very proud of Johnny for this well-deserved honor,” Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. “He has quickly proven to us that he is willing to do everything it takes to be a great college player. It is exciting that Canada has recognized his abilities, and chose him to represent his home country in the World Championships this summer.”
The St. Davids, Ontario native started the season opener for the Golden Eagles (2-0) on attack and scored the first two goals of his collegiate career in a 7-2 victory at Richmond last Saturday. Wagner was born in St. Catherines, Ontario and attended high school at Cranbrook-Kingswood in suburban Detroit.
He is the second Marquette player to represent Canada in the U19 World Championship, joining current teammate Tyler Gilligan, who competed with the Canadians in Finland in 2012.
"We knew choosing these 24 young men was going to be a challenge,” Team Canada head coach Taylor Wray of Saint Joseph’s University said. “It took a lot of deliberation and careful discussion about the things we thought our team needed to compete for a world championship. In the end, we tried to select the best team possible.”
The process of selecting the team began over a year ago as the Canadians look for their first U19 World Championship in 2016.
"We started with the over 200 tryout applications, and through our selection camp and exhibition game versus Team USA, it was clear to us that the grassroots programs in Canada are producing not just talented athletes, but terrific young people,” Dave Huntley, Canada Lacrosse Association Director of Men's Field Program said. “Our staff is very fortunate to have had so many good choices available to them as they assembled this team."
The United States has dominated the U19 Men's World Championship since its inception in 1988, claiming the gold medal in each of the seven events. Team Canada, which has remained competitive taking home a total of six silver medals, will look to unseat the American's atop the podium in 2016. The Canadians will compete against a large contingent of teams, including newcomers Taiwan, Hong Kong, Colombia, Ireland, and Israel, along with mainstays USA, Finland, Australia, England, and Germany.
In 2015, Team Canada claimed gold at both the U19 Women's World Championship and the Men's World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.
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