According to the Canadian Lacrosse Association website on Tuesday, Geoff Snider and Curtis Dickson of the Calgary Roughnecks have been named to play for team Canada at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Denver, Colorado, United States from July 10-19, 2014. Snider and Dickson will be making the challenging transition from playing indoors on carpet where they spent their time with the Roughnecks to an outdoor field where they will represent Canada.
Snider a transition player who is from Calgary, has spent the last four years with the Roughnecks. Known as one of the National Lacrosse League's best faceoff specialists, Snider had 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points with the Roughnecks this season. He also collected an impressive 209 loose balls and won 317 of 493 faceoff attempts, an impressive average of 64.3%.
Dickson, a forward from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, had 44 goals and 28 assists for 72 points with the Roughnecks this season. Like Snider, Dickson has spent the last four years with the Roughnecks.
Snider was the most valuable player for Canada at the 2006 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in London, Ontario. That year the Canadian team was victorious and won only their second Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships. The Canadians were first victorious in 1978 in Stockport, England. The United States have dominated the championships over the years. They have won nine of eleven world championships overall.
Canada will play a five game round robin against the United States, England, the Iroquois, Japan and Australia. Their first game will be against the host Americans on July 10, two hours after the opening ceremony.