COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse alumnus Taylor Smoke '09 has been selected to play in his second consecutive Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships as a member of the Iroquois Nationals this month in Netanya, Israel. Fellow alumnus Taylor Wallace '17 will compete for the Ireland National Team during the tournament.
A native of Hogansburg, N.Y., Smoke helped the Iroquois take third place among 38 teams at the 2014 championship in Commerce City, Colo. Smoke started seven of the eight games on defense, corralling five ground balls and causing one turnover while helping the Iroquois put together a 9.38 goals-against average. The Iroquois earned their first top-three finish ever at a senior national championship by downing Australia, 16-5, in the bronze-medal game while losing only to world champion Canada and runner-up United States during the tournament.
An all-time-high 46 squads will compete at this year's championship, including the Iroquois, who are the national lacrosse team of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, and represent more than 125,000 Iroquois living primarily in New York, Ontario and Quebec. Smoke was among 23 men selected for the Iroquois Nationals squad, and among six defenders. During his undergraduate years, Smoke saw time in 58 games as a Purple Knight between 2006 and 2009, recording 93 ground balls as a long-stick midfielder and a defender and causing 25 turnovers. In 2012, Smoke appeared in the lacrosse-themed movie "Crooked Arrows".
The championship field is broken into 14 divisions, with the top six teams - the Iroquois, Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the United States - comprising the Blue Division. The Blue teams will compete in pool play between July 12 and 17 before the top four advance to the semifinals. The Iroquois begin play on Thursday, July 12, against the United States at 8:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. EST) in Netanya Stadium. All of the Iroquois' games will be broadcast live on ESPN's family of networks.
The July 19 semifinals will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the July 20 bronze-medal game July 21 championship tilt will be carried on ESPN2. More than 160 other matchups will be available through ESPN+. Fans familiar with ESPN's lacrosse coverage will recognize Anish Shroff and Chris Cotter on play-by-play with analysts Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra.
Iroquois Nationals' Schedule at FIL World Lacrosse Championships
Thursday, July 12 vs. United States, 8:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. EST/ESPN2)
Saturday, July 14 vs. England, 6:45 p.m. (11:45 a.m. EST/ESPN+)
Sunday, July 15 vs. Australia, 8:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. EST/TBA channel)
Monday, July 16 vs. Canada, 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EST/ESPNU)
Tuesday, July 17 vs. Scotland, 6:45 p.m. (11:45 a.m. EST/ESPN+)
Thursday, July 19 - Semifinals, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (4 a.m. & 7 a.m. EST/ESPNU)
Friday, July 20 - Third-Place Game, 6 p.m. (11 a.m. EST/ESPN2)
Saturday, July 21 - Championship, 10 a.m. (3 a.m. EST/ESPN2)