SEVEN BANDITS WIN MEDALS IN 2011 WORLD INDOOR LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPFeatures | 5/31/2011 8:51:31 AM | Michael Jafari
The FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship wrapped up its international tournament in Prague, Czech Republic on Sunday as Team Canada took home the gold by defeating the Iroquois National team in the finals by a score of 13-6. Team USA grabbed the bronze medal after beating the Czech Republic, 16-7.
Buffalo Bandits defenseman Chris Corbeil won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada. In addition to Corbeil, the Bandits were well represented in the tournament, as Brett Bucktooth, Tom Montour, Roger Vyse, Brandon Francis, Michael Thompson and Angus Goodleaf suited up for the Iroquois National team.
Team Canada went undefeated in the tournament with victories over Slovakia, Australia, England and the United States. After downing Team USA 15-10 in the semi-finals, Canada advanced to the final game, where they would beat the Iroquois team. Corbeil finished the tournament with two assists and four penalty minutes in three games.
The Iroquois team had a nice run to the finals, beating Ireland, Czech Republic and the United States in the preliminary round. The team made it to the finals after a 19-6 win over the Czech Republic in the semi-finals.
Vyse had an outstanding performance for the Iroquois team as the Bandits forward netted 15 goals and added nine assists to lead his team with 28 points in five games, including a goal in the gold medal game.
Montour finished the tournament with four points (1-3-4) in five games while Bucktooth notched two goals and an assist for the Iroquois. Francis won 88% of his face-offs to rank second in the tournament.
Boston Blazers forward Casey Powell was named the WILC MVP as the American forward scored 16 goals and tallied 15 assists for 31 points in just five games. Powell was also named to the six-man All-Tournament team along with forward Dan Dawson (Canada), transition player Cody Jamieson (Iroquois), defensemen Sid Smith (Iroquois) and Kyle Rubisch (Canada) and goaltender Matt Vinc (Canada). Dawson, who plays with Powell and Rubisch on Boston, was named the WILC Most Outstanding forward after he scored 14 goals and 13 assists for Team Canada.
Last year, the tournament was held in the United Kingdom where Team USA defeated Team Canada 12-10 in the gold medal game. The Iroquois National Team was unable to take part in the WILC in 2010, due to the United Kingdom’s refusal to issue visas on their Iroquois passports. The team was honored during the NLL All-Star game that was held back on February 27 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
This year was the first time that national indoor lacrosse teams played in a new lacrosse country, although lacrosse has been played in the Czech Republic since the 1980’s. The Czech Republic has organized international lacrosse events in the past, such as The Prague Cup and the Box Ales Hrebesky Memorial. In addition, local lacrosse devotees organized the very first European Championship in 1995, European Championship in 2004 and Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in 2009.