Field lacrosse world championship coming to Coquitlam

The 2022 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) men’s world lacrosse championship will be played in Coquitlam.

Sue Redfern, FIL president, made the announcement on Monday. She said the tournament will run July 12 to 24, 2022, at Percy Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park. The venue also hosted the 2008 and 2016 men’s U19 world championships.

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Cliff Pascas, the chair of the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s bid committee, said the organization is looking forward to hosting the top 30 teams from around the world.

Joey Harris, the president of the CLA said Coquitlam’s previous experience hosting international lacrosse competitions made it an ideal candidate to host the senior men’s championship that is held every four years.

This year’s world championship is being held in Netanya, Israel, from July 12-21. Canada is the defending champion, after defeating the United States, 8-5, in the final at the 2014 world championships that were played in Denver, Colo.

Several local players are on Canada’s 23-man roster that is traveling to Israel, including Port Coquitlam’s Ryland Rees, and Curtis Dickson, along with Coquitlam’s Wesley Berg, and Ben McIntosh.

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