The 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship began on Wednesday in Netanya, Israel. Featuring some of the best lacrosse talent in the world, it’s no surprise that the Georgia Swarm has a number of players on a few of the competing teams. In total, eight Swarm players are representing their respective countries.
The FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship is the equivalent of the Olympics in the lacrosse world. Playing outside of the US, Canada, England and Australia for the first time in the event’s history, 46 teams – the largest number of teams to play in the World Championship – compete over a 10-day period to decide who’s the best team in the world. Nearly 2,000 athletes worldwide are making the trip, representing all six continents.
In 2014, Canada knocked off USA 8-5 in the finals to win its third World Championship. The two lacrosse superpowers have met in every final round since 1998. Since then, the tournament has grown drastically from 11 participating teams to 46 participants 20 years later.
FIL World Lacrosse Championship Television Schedule*
|Thu, Jul 12||9:30 a.m.||Israel vs. Jamaica||ESPNU|
|1:30 p.m.||USA vs. Iroquois Nationals||ESPN2|
|Sat, Jul 14||7:30 a.m.||Australia vs. USA||ESPNU|
|11 a.m.||Canada vs. Scotland||ESPNU|
|Sun, Jul 15||8 a.m.||TBD||ESPNU|
|Noon||USA vs. Canada||ESPN2|
|Mon, Jul 16||7:30 a.m.||TBD||ESPNU|
|2 p.m.||Canada vs. Iroquois Nationals||ESPNU|
|Tue, Jul 17||7:30 a.m.||Australia vs. Canada||ESPNU|
|11 a.m.||England vs. USA||ESPNU|
|Thu, Jul 19||11 a.m.||Semifinal #1||ESPNU|
|2 p.m.||Semifinal #2||ESPNU|
|Fri, Jul 20||11 a.m.||Bronze Medal Game||ESPNU|
|Sat, Jul 21||3 a.m.||Championship||ESPN2|
* All games streaming live on the ESPN App, including 160 exclusive games on ESPN+
Swarm Players Participating:
Jason Noble – Defense
2017-18: 18 games played, five assists, 48 loose balls, eight caused turnovers.
Joel White – LSM
2017-18: 9 games played, four points (2G, 2A), 62 loose balls, 13 caused turnovers.
Warren Hill – Goalie
2017-18: 43:13 min., 30 saves, 15.27 GAA, .732 SV%.
Jerome Thompson – Midfielder
2017-18: 9 games played, 12 points (6G, 6A), 20 loose balls, three caused turnovers.
Lyle Thompson – Attack
2017-18: 18 games played, 86 points (46G, 40A), 123 loose balls, 21 caused turnovers.
Miles Thompson – Attack
2017-18: 17 games played, 43 points (21G, 22A), 53 loose balls, one caused turnover.
Randy Staats – Attack
2017-18: 16 games played, 69 points (30G, 39A), 57 loose balls, two caused turnovers.
Zed Williams – Midfielder
2017-18: 9 games played, eight points (5G, 3A), 41 loose balls, seven caused turnovers.