Lax Facts: Your Cheat-Sheet for the Lacrosse World Championships

June 27 2014, 2:00 PM

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Thinking about attending the Federation of International Lacrosse Championships this month? Here are the games you need to know about.

Bonus: Read more about Colorado lacrosse in our July issue here

  1. 3D Lacrosse staffer and Denver native Ben Brenneman is the head coach for Team Argentina, which is trying to improve on a second-to-last finish in 2010.
    Key Matchup: New Zealand
    Why: While Argentina has little chance of besting Wales in their first group (the country walloped them 20-3 in 2010), if they can beat New Zealand and then snag a win against the inexperienced Russians (playing in their first tournament), they’ll be in good shape to advance to a high second-round grouping.
     
  2. The Iroquois Nationals (Native Americans originated the sport, in part) return to the world stage. After being barred from entering host nation England during the 2010 world championship because of a passport dispute, this talented group will look to snatch a win in their first game against a team that might become a bitter rival.
    Key Matchup: England
    Why: Revenge is sweet. Passport issues aside, last time they squared off, the Iroquois bested the English 13-10. Look for them to force a similar result in this opening-round match.
     
  3. In the tournament's 47-year history, only the United States and Canada have hoisted the championship trophy. (The United States claimed the title during the last tournament in 2010.) Expect an edge-of-your-seat fight: Four of these championship matches have been decided by three points or less, including two overtimes.
    Key Matchup: United States vs. Canada 
    Why: Duh.

Bonus trivia: Nine teams will make debut appearances at the world championship this year, the most single-tournament rookie additions in the event’s history.
Key Division: The Grey Division
Why: Only one of the group’s teams, the Czech Republic, has experienced more than two tournaments. While Poland makes its second appearance, first-timers Costa Rica and Turkey make up the other half of what should be a completely up-in-the-air division.