The Canadian Lacrosse Association has announced a roster of 23 men's players that will travel to Maryland to take on the U.S. national team and reigning NCAA champion Virginia in the U.S. Lacrosse Fall Classic Oct. 18-20. That roster will be particularly interesting to St. Bonaventure fans as Bonnies head coach Randy Mearns will again lead Team Canada and one of his SBU goalkeepers, Brett Dobson will also be on the Canadian roster.
The Canadian men will take on the U.S. Friday at 8 p.m. and Virginia Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The games will be streamed live on the Lax Sports Network. Bonnies assistant coach Gill Conners will assist the coaching staff this weekend as well.
"We are at the beginning stages of a new process for the men's team, building towards the [IWGA] World Games in 2021 and the [World Lacrosse] World Championship in 2022," Mearns said. "It's not a secret that our player pool is extremely deep and only gets deeper with each passing year. That's very exciting for Canada lacrosse. For this event, we put together a younger roster for the Fall Classic and as a staff, we are looking forward to working, interacting and competing with this group as we start our new evaluation process this weekend."
Mearns has built Team Canada into one of the world's dominant programs. He guided the Canadian team to a silver medal at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Israel, coming up just short in a 9-8 gold medal game heartbreaker vs. the United States. In 2014, he added a gold medal to his head coaching resume by leading the Canadian National Team to the FIL World Championship. Prior to leading Canada to the 2014 World Championship, he was an assistant coach in both 2006 and 2010, with the 2006 team also winning the gold medal.
Dobson is entering his sophomore season with the Brown and White. In his first collegiate campaign, the Oshawa, Ontario native earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Rookie Team honors. He was also the league's Rookie of the Week following his debut game where he stopped 23 shots at High Point. For the year, he ranked third in the MAAC for save percentage (55.7 percent) and seventh in saves per game (10.73) despite playing just over 50 percent of the team's minutes.
"It's always an incredible honor to represent your country in any international competition," Mearns said. "There's nothing like it and I am grateful for the opportunity, but I'm also very excited for Brett to wear the Maple Leaf and face some of the best shooters the game has to offer. After the butterflies go away I'm confident that he'll settle in just fine."
Dobson is one of the youngest members of the Canadian roster – he is one of just two Class of 2022 players who will suit up for the team in this weekend's Fall Classic, joining Jacksonville midfielder Zack Deaken.
The U.S. and Canadian women's teams, along with the University of Maryland's women's team, will also have games in the Fall Classic that will air through the Lax Sports Network as well.
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