When Team Canada hits the floor for the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, they will do so with some lofty standards to live up to.
The Championship has been held every four years since its inception in 2003. And all four times, Team Canada has won the gold medal. A victory in 2019 – which will be hosted by Langley Events Centre from Sept. 19 to 28 – would make it five-for-five for the Canadian side.
Of course, some of the other participating countries hope to deny Canada’s ‘Drive for Five.’
And if past tournaments are any indication, one of Canada’s main rivals will be the Iroquois Nationals.
In all four previous Championships, it has been those two teams facing off with the gold medal on the line, with Canada prevailing each time.
In 2003, Canada won 21-4. Four years later, the game required overtime, but the Canadians still prevailed, 15-14. In 2011, it was Canada winning 13-6 and then at the last Championship, in 2015, Canada won 12-8. The United States has also claimed bronze at all four previous Championships.
Those three teams, in that order, are currently ranked 1-2-3 in the world, with Israel and England ranked fourth and fifth. Ireland, Czech Republic, Australia, Finland and Turkey round out the top 10.