COMMERCE CITY, Colo. --- Three Lees-McRae men's lacrosse alum and two former coaches were represented by their respective countries in the recent FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Commerce City, Colo.
Former defensive coach and recruiting coordinator Jason Levesque (2005-08) was an assistant coach for the FIL World Champion Canada team. The Canadians defeated the United States 8-5 for the FIL Gold Medal. His squad was well-represented while goalkeeper Dillon Ward was tabbed Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Two defensemen and an attacker were named to the All-World team. The Canada team dropped its tournament opener to the U.S., 10-7, but would cruise to the title while allowing no more than eight goals in a game for the rest of the tournament.
Nick Anderton (2002) represented England while appearing in eight games. He made 30 saves in goal while scooping three groundballs. The English finished fifth in the tournament after beating Scotland in a slugfest, 15-13. Anderton accumulated 200 minutes in goal while his squad played in two overtime contests and won its last three games.
Caner Newton (2006-07) was a key component of a stingy Turkey defense. Newton forced six turnovers in eight games. He took two shots and accumulated seven groundballs. Turkey finished the tournament with a 4-4 record after dropping the 21st place game, 10-4, to Hong Kong.
Rising sophomore Treven Salminen (Lynden, Wash.) represented Finland while appearing in six games. The Bobcat midfielder notched two goals, including one in an 11-7 win against the Czech Republic in the 13th place game. Salminen shined in an 18-3 walloping of Mexico with a goal, three shots, two groundballs and a caused turnover. The Finnish went 6-2 and scored 15 goals or more on four occasions.
Former LMC head coach Matt Edmunds (2005-08) represented both England and Wales in the 2010 tournament.