The Canadian Lacrosse Association announced the 24 players selected to the National Team for the 2014 FIL World Championship and four former Canisius standouts are set to compete on the sport’s biggest stage. Dan Coates ‘11, Angus Dineley ’07, Adam Jones ’11 and Matt Vinc ’05 were all selected as members of Team Canada that will contend for the championship in Denver, Colorado from July 10 to July 19.
Canisius Head Coach Randy Mearns is also serving as Canada’s Head Coach for the championship and oversaw the process of trimming the roster to 24 players.
"When we started this journey in the summer of 2012, we were certain that our player pool would be the most extensive group of players with character, talent, lax IQ, experience and athleticism ever assembled for Canada lacrosse,” Mearns said. “It indeed was the case. The reality is that determining our final roster was both very challenging and extremely difficult. We have so many players and that’s a great thing for Canada lacrosse. As a staff, we adhered to our process with constant player evaluation and analysis, staff debates and discussion. In the end, we had to make decisions, as tough as they may be, to move to the next stage of our process - the 2014 World Championships."
Coates anchored the Canisius defense during his four-year collegiate career. The St. Catharines, Ontario native became the first Griff defender to earn first-team All-MAAC accolades during the 2011 season. He led Canisius with 52 ground balls, while placing second on the team with 18 caused turnovers. A 2011 first-round selection of the Colorado Mammoth of the NLL, Coates also led all MAAC defenders with 4.33 ground balls per game in 2011 and totaled 113 ground balls and 40 caused turnovers during his career.
Dineley played for the Griffs from 2004 to 2007. He appeared in 39 games with 28 starting assignments and ranks sixth in school history with 306 career saves, fourth with a .528 career save percentage and second with a 9.63 goals against average. During the 2005 campaign, Dineley recorded a save percentage of .595, the ninth-best mark in the NCAA.
The program's first All-American in 2008, Jones helped the Griffs to their first MAAC title the same season. A three-time All-MAAC First Team selection, he ranks 10th in the school's record book with 129 career points and sixth with 98 career goals. A 2011 first-round selection of the Colorado, Jones has shined in his first three seasons in the NLL. The 2012 NLL Rookie of the Year, Jones has accumulated 213 points, 101 goals and 112 assists in his three years with the Mammoth.
Vinc, a member of the 2006 gold medal-winning team and the 2010 squad that took silver, led the Griffs in ground balls in three different seasons and ranks fifth all-time with 258 career ground balls. A 2004 and 2005 All-MAAC selection on defense, Vinc was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NLL Draft as a goalkeeper and is currently a member of the Rochester Knighthawks. He has helped lead the Knighthawks to the past two NLL Championships.
In addition, former Griff standout and assistant Jason Levesque is set to serve as Team Canada’s assistant coach. Levesque is currently the head coach of Division III Alma College.
Canada and the United States have split the last two world championships with Canada claiming the 2006 title and the United States taking the 2010 crown.