The World Indoor Lacrosse Championships begin Friday night in Central New York. Thirteen national teams will be competing for the championship, which will be decided in Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome on Sept. 27.
The Onondaga Nation will serve as the host for the event. The Iroquois Nationals squad will play Team USA on Friday at the War Memorial in Syracuse. That game became a sellout on Wednesday.
The Nationals have several players who have a connection with the Buffalo Bandits, including current players Jerome Thompson, Brandon Goodwin and Alex Kedoh Hill, along with former players Brett Bucktooth, Angus Goodleaf, Tom Montour, Jeremy Thompson, Roger Vyse and Mike Thompson. Bandits assistant coach Rich Kilgour is the head coach of Iroquois, assisted by former Bandits head coach Darris Kilgour.
The United States team has a couple of Western New York connections in Joe Resetarits and Joe Smith, while Canada’s team features such current Bandits as Billy Dee Smith, Ryan Benesch, Steve Priolo and Dhane Smith. Canada is the defending champion, having won in 2011 in Prague, the Czech Republic.
Some games will be played at two sites on the Onondaga Nation. The first official game of the tournament will be held at the new Village Pavilion on Friday morning. The 17 round-robin games held there will have no admission charge. Games also will be played at the Onondaga Nation Arena.
The semifinals and finals of the tournament were first scheduled to be played in Buffalo, but those games were moved to Syracuse earlier this year.