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Swarm players competing in 2018 World Lacrosse Championship

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*

Date Time (ET) Matchups Network
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+

You can find the full World Championship schedule here. For more information on the FIL, visit here.

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.

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