SEABROOK – The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships took place at the Wingate Sports Institute and Netanya Stadium in Israel from July 11-21. A total of 46 countries competed in the tournament making it the largest FIL tournament of all-time. Team USA defeated Canada 9-8 to win its 10th championship on a very controversial goal […]
SEABROOK – The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships took place at the Wingate Sports Institute and Netanya Stadium in Israel from July 11-21. A total of 46 countries competed in the tournament making it the largest FIL tournament of all-time.
Team USA defeated Canada 9-8 to win its 10th championship on a very controversial goal scored with one second remaining leaving Canada with silver and the Iroquois Nationals finishing with bronze.
“Matt Danowski, Jesse Bernhardt, Jake Bernhardt, Michael Ehrhardt I thought had a stellar tournament. But it is kind of hard because I root for our guys as well,” Former Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Coach and current Chesapeake Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle said. “But we had two guys on Canada as well, and that is the tough part of it. I thought Ian MacKay and Josh Byrne had an amazing tournament as well.”
The tournament had a plethora of talent spread throughout the games, and our own University of Maryland Terrapins had a few representatives as well in the competition.
“I was really proud of the guys we had recruited when they came to Maryland and for the guys who play for us now. Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Michael Ehrhardt played so well together,” Cottle stated. “I thought they were really great. Their unit was the difference in the championship game I thought.”
Jesse Bernhardt who is currently playing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for the Chesapeake Bayhawks and is an assistant coach at UMD had a stellar tournament for Team USA defensively.
Bernhardt finished with zero points in eight games, but the two-time All-American long stick midfielder stood out as always as he made his impact off of the scoresheet with his stellar defense. Bernhardt was extremely valuable to Team USA throughout the tournament with his keen ability to recover ground balls as well helping Team USA finish undefeated in the tournament with all of those extra possessions.
Another standout at Maryland who played in the tournament was Goran Murray who represented Jamaica tremendously in their debut in the World Games.
As a freshman in 2012, Murray became the first Maryland Terrapin freshman to start the season at close defense (first since 2008) and has since taken on the same role for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the MLL as well.
Murray was pivotal for his country defensively and even posted an assist as well. Being the solid foundation defensively as the small island nation managed to win a game in their inaugural year impressed many viewers and eyes will be on the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year going forward.
“He did great for Jamaica,” Cottle said. “He really did. I think it was a great tournament for the University of Maryland kids and I was really just so proud of all of them.”
Since 2012, the University of Maryland has had 36 players drafted into the MLL leading all schools.