June 25, 2006

Edmunds Helps Wales to 13th Place Finish

Lees-McRae College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Mat Edmunds recently competed in the 2006 World Field Lacrosse Championships as a member of Team Wales.

Edmunds finished the tournament with seven goals in seven games helping Wales to a 13th place finish in the twenty-one team tournament held in London, Ontario.

Edmunds, a former Bobcats lacrosse player and 2002 graduate, will begin his second season at the helm of his alma mater. "The experience of playing at the Worlds was amazing. The opportunity to play with and against the best players in the World was surreal. However, it's over now, and all of my attention now returns to establishing our program here in Banner Elk, and assisting with the development of our student-athletes both on and off the field. I am anxious to get the 2006-07 season started," commented Edmunds.

The gold medal game between Canada and the United States was won by the host Canadians by a score 15-10. The win ended the United States' 38 game unbeaten streak that spanned 28 years. The World Field Lacrosse Championships are held every four years with the United States winning all but two Championships since 1967, both gold medal game losses to the Canadians in 1978, and now in 2006.