6 COUNTRIES TO COMPETE IN WORLD INDOOR LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP 2003
TORONTO – Six countries have confirmed their teams’ attendance in the first ever International Lacrosse Federation World Indoor Lacrosse Championship to be held in Southern Ontario in May, 2003. Final discussions at recent ILF meetings held in Australia - and confirmation letters, were received by the WILC 2003 Organizing Committee this week.
Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Iroquois Nationals, Scotland and the United States will be competing for the first World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Trophy.
Canadian ILF Representative and WILC 2003 Organizing Committee Member Stan Cockerton says, “Our Committee expected four countries to participate in the inaugural event. We are thrilled with the positive response of the six teams. It bodes well for future growth of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Lacrosse fans are going to be treated to a terrific tournament!”
Fans will get a sneak preview of the high calibre of play when two of the national teams play for the Heritage Cup on Saturday, October 5th, 2002 at Mississauga, Ontario’s Hershey Centre. This new annual event will feature Team USA vs. Team Canada in a tribute to the history and heritage of lacrosse. Rogers Sportsnet will carry the live feed at 3:30p.m. Tickets for Heritage Cup 2002 will go on sale mid-August. Fans should go to the official website for more information: www.worldindoorlacrosse.com.
Frankfurt, 15 July: Christopher MacAuley, a US Air Force Officer assigned to Ramstein Air Force Base and a player for the Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse Club, won the scoring title in the 2002 Lacrosse World Championships. MacAuley, a US Air Force Academy graduate, finished with 20 goals and six assists in helping Germany to an eighth place finish. MacAuley's 26 overall points enabled him to edge out Shinya Maruyama (Japan) and Cortland Kyoung-Jin Kim (Korea), who had 25 points each. The United States won the World Championships for the eighth time with an 18 to 15 victory over archrival Canada. Mike Powell (the younger brother of lacrosse greats Casey and Ryan Powell) led the US team with 21 points in the tournament and Grant Grant, Jr. led Canada with 21, as well. Lacrosse legend Paul Gait of Canada finished with 15.
Frankfurt, 11 July: After scoring two goals and two assists in Germany's 15 to 9 win over Scotland, Chris MacAuley regained a share of the scoring lead in the Lacrosse World Championship in Perth, Australia. He shares the lead with two Irish players, Dan and John Daley. Germany finished group play with a 4-1 record for second place in the Red Division. Germany will play the loser of today's Japan versus Iroquois Nation game tomorrow. A victory tomorrow will put Germany in the fifth place game on Sunday. MacAuley, an Air Force Academy graduate, plays for the Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse Club.
Frankfurt, 9 July: Christopher MacAuley, a U.S. Air Force Officer stationed at Ramstein Airbase and a member of the Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse Club, scored six goals in Germany's 11-8 victory over Wales in the Lacrosse World Cup. MacAuley has now scored 13 of Germany's 27 goals. Together with three assists, his 16 points put him in the lead for the scoring title. Germany (2-1) plays Sweden today.
Frankfurt, 1 July 2002: The Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse Club will hold their third annual Lacrosse Camp on 17 and 18 August at Sportclub 1880 Frankfurt. While past camps offered only instruction for male players, this year's camp will include women, as well. Players of all ages and ability levels will benefit from instruction by former US college players, current and former German National Team players, and members of the Frankfurt Cosmos, undefeated West Deutsche Lacrosse Liga champions and number one ranked team in Germany.
This summer, the Cosmos will also host an informal summer league. Games will begin every Sunday from 7 July to 11 August at 14:00 at Sportclub 1880 Frankfurt (www.sc1880.de). Anyone with an interest in lacrosse may join the action.
For more information about the Cosmos, see www.frankfurt-cosmos.de or call Bob Scheider at 069-82367149.
Frankfurt, 10 June: The Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse Club completed their 2001-2002 West Deutsche Lacrosse Liga (WDLL) season with an undefeated record. The Cosmos beat Maastricht 7-2 and Rheinland 6-4 on Saturday to finish with a 7-0-1 league record. The Cosmos became the first champions of the WDLL and receive an automatic berth in the German Championships (scheduled for 14-15 September in Hannover). The Cosmos are the first team to qualify for the 2002 Championships.
Maastricht took an early 1-0 lead, but the Cosmos stormed back and added sevens goals, including three by Sebastian Dettmer. The Cosmos held German National Team player Nik Kukat to one goal and won 7:2. Nick Fischer had two assists for the Cosmos.
Rheinland opened up with two quick goals by Leopold von Bismarck to take a 2-0 lead over the Cosmos in the first quarter. The Cosmos then outscored Rheinland 6-1, before Sascha Kleuser intercepted a pass and scored an easy goal to provide the final margin: 6-4 for the Cosmos. Sebastian Dettmer had two goals and an assist for the Cosmos and Rich Oh had two goals.
The Cosmos won the league championship in convincing fashion and will play a number of friendly games over the summer. The Cosmos also plan to host a lacrosse camp for beginning and experienced players and host a summer league in Frankfurt. For more information, see the Cosmos website at www.frankfurt-cosmos.de or call Bob Scheider at 069/82367149. The next official games for the Cosmos will be 31 August to 1 September in Kiel. Although the Cosmos have already qualified, they will hope to keep their number one ranking in Germany alive and use the tournament to prepare for the German Championships two weeks later.
Frankfurt, 4 June: The Frankfurt Cosmos, playing with no more than one substitute and a number of injured players, captured 3rd place in the Passau Open, the third of four qualification tournaments leading up to September's German Championships. The Cosmos came from behind to beat Pilsen 8:4 to qualify for the semifinals and lost to host Passau in the semifinals, 9:5. In the third place game, the Cosmos fell behind 1:0 in the first quarter, but stormed back to win 8:1. Rich Oh, playing with an injured leg, Sebastian Dettmer, and Chris Wilken were the Cosmos' main offensive weapons, but all of the Cosmos' attacks and middies scored in the tournament. Carl Abrams and Matti Dettmer were standouts on defense and Apostolos Hatziaganidis was once again excellent in the goal.
With the third place finish, Frankfurt is currently in first place in Germany and is virtually assured of a spot in the 14-15 September Championships in Hannover. The Cosmos hope to become the first team to officially qualify for the championships this weekend. A win or tie against Rheinland or Maastricht on 8 June or a loss or tie by Rheinland in one of their three remaining league games will earn the Cosmos the West Deutsche Lacrosse Liga title and an automatic berth in the Championships.
In the tournament final, Passau took a four goal lead over Munich, but Munich mounted a fourth quarter comeback and tied it at 7:7. Passau scored first in overtime, but Munich tied the game in the final seconds off a goal by Jimmy Moulihan (a U.S. Army First Lieutenant from Illesheim). Jan Mueller provided the winning goal for Munich in the sudden death period for a final of 9:8.
Frankfurt, 8 May: Fresh off their first tournament win, the Frankfurt Cosmos will participate in the Berlin Open Lacrosse Torunament from 18 to 20 May. The Berlin Open will include complete or partial National teams from Germany, England, Finland, and The Netherlands, and the top club teams from Germany, the Czech Republic, and Sweden. The Berlin Open is the largest and most perstigious club lacrosse tournament in Europe. For more information, see www.berlinopen.de.
Eleven Frankfurt Cosmos players were selected to play for the Westlax Allstars, the Allstar team of the West Deutsche Lacrosse Liga. In addition to playing for Frankfurt, eight of them will also play for the Westlax Allstar Team at the 2002 Berlin Open from 18 to 20 May: attacks Nick Fischer (who recently completed his Abitur in Frankfurt and will be entering the Bundeswehr and is also a German U-21 player) and Tyler Whitworth (a U.S. Army Officer stationed in Darmstadt who played collegiate lacrosse at Central Arizona), midfielders Sebastian Dettmer (a medical student in Frankfurt), Rich Oh (a U.S. Army doctor in Hanau who played at MIT and Pitt), Alex Hahner (a Gymnasium student from the Wiesbaden area and U-21 player), and Jan Hass (who will be returning to Wiesbaden for the summer from Ithaca College), defenseman Carl Abrams (who lives in Giebelstadt and works as a contractor for the U.S. Army), and goalie Apostolos Hatziaganis (an exchange student from Rochester, New York, who currently attends Gymnasium in Bad Homburg). The other Cosmos who were selected to the Westlax Allstars, but will be unable to play in Berlin, are defenseman Tim Gruenke of Wiesbaden (a member of the 2001 European Champion German National Team who will be coaching and managing the 2002 team in Berlin), longstick midfielder Matt Meredith of Frankfurt (a former Tufts University player), and goalie Till Sauer of Frankfurt (a member of the 2000 German National Team).
Frankfurt attack Chris McCauley (a U.S. Air Force Officer in Ramstein and former U.S. Air Force Academy player) will be playing for the German National Team at the Berlin Open as they prepare for the 2002 World Championships in Perth, Australia. In addition to McAuley and U-21 players Fischer and Hahner, several other Cosmos have national honors: midfielders Wolf Greb and Philipp Kugler are German U-21 players and attack Janne Pfeiffenberger is the co-captain and assistant coach of the Finnish National Team, while midfielder Sascha Bokhari will try out for the Dutch team.
Frankfurt, 28 April: The Frankfurt Cosmos defeated BLAX Berlin to win the first Frankfurt Open Lacrosse Tournament. BLAX scored two quick goals in the first period, but the Cosmos came back with two from Chris McCauley. As the Cosmos took control of the game, some of the BLAX players became frustrated with the officiating and the physical style of play and walked off the field in the third quarter. The Cosmos officially won 3-2. Munich defeated Passau 6-4 for third place.
The Cosmos qualified for the tournament semifinals by defeating Heidelberg 5-0, Aachen 10-2, and Passau 6-5. Chris McCauley and Tyler Whitworth each scored three goals in the win over Aachen and Sebastian Dettmer took to ball the length of the field to score the winning goal over Passau in the final minute. The Cosmos came back from a two-goal fourth quarter deficit in that game.
Frankfurt beat Munich 10-6 in the semifinals to set up the game against BLAX, a rematch of the finals of the Bonn Open two weeks earlier. Although BLAX won in overtime in Bonn, the Cosmos walked off the field in Frankfurt with their first major tournament championship and extended their winning streak to seven games. The Cosmos are now tied with BLAX for first in qualification points for the 2002 German Championships.
The Cosmos were led by Chris McCauley, Nick Fischer, Tyler Whitworth, Bill Koskie, Janne Pfeiffenberger, and Lance Conant at attack. All of the attacks scored during the tournament. Midfielders Sebastian Dettmer, Rich Oh, Chris Wilken, Alex Hahner, Felix Dettmer, Wolf Greb, Oliver Kraege, and Sascha Bokhari contributed with many goals, assists, and faceoffs. The defense of Tim Gruenke, Wolf Droh, Carl Abrams, Matt Meredith, Chris Ehlgen, and Stefan Tontsch was superb, as was the goal keeping of MVP Apostolos Hatziaganis.
The Cosmos second team played in their first tournament and earned respect from the more experienced teams. While most of the Cosmos II players were 15-20 years old, the two oldest players, Bob Scheider and Peter Zwack, scored the only goals for Cosmos II.
1. Frankfurt Cosmos I
2. BLAX Berlin
7. Frankfurt Cosmos II
Frankfurt, 22 April: The Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse Club will host the first qualification tournament for the German Championships ever held in Frankfurt on 27 and 28 April. Games will start each day at 09:00 at the Polo Fields in Frankfurt/Nied (see www.frankfurt-cosmos.de for directions). The following teams will participate:
Frankfurt Cosmos I
Frankfurt Cosmos II
Munich Lacrosse Club
Passau Lacrosse Club