Former Blue Hen Lacrosse Standouts Help Canada Win Gold at FIL World Championships
DENVER -- Four former All-American University of Delaware men’s lacrosse standouts competed at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships last week with Curtis Dickson, John Grant and Jordan Hall all helping to lead Canada to its second world championship in three years.
Grant, who was unable to play due to a medical condition that requires him to take prescription use medication which was denied by the FIL’s Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Committee, but instead joined the coaching staff on the sidelines to help guide his team to another championship.
“I am disappointed that I will not be able to represent Canada on the field but I will do everything I can to help my team get the gold medal” Grant told LaxMagazine.com prior to the tournament. “This medication has helped me live a normal life and return to the playing field.”
Grant led the 1998 Blue Hens to an America East Championship and the NCAA Quarterfinals. Inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005, he ranks eighth all-time at Delaware with 177 points (96 goals, 81 assists) despite playing just two seasons in Newark. He was awarded the USILA National Player of the Year in 1999 in addition to being named first team All-American, and led the NCAA with 110 points.
Attackman Curtis Dickson, who was a member of the Blue Hens’ 2007 NCAA Final Four team, played a major part in getting Canada to the championship game against Team USA. In what will be known as one of the most thrilling games in international lacrosse, Dickson scored the game-winner in a 9-8 victory over the Iroquois National Team, one of his three goals of the game.
Due to his outstanding performance Dickson earned a spot on the All-World team, and was a pivotal leader for team Canada.
“It’s unbelievable. This is one of the best lacrosse goals of my life”, said Dickson to his Major League Lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws, on winning gold with Canada. “Everyone out there is contributing and I was lucky to be benefactor and put some balls in the net throughout the tournament.”
Dickson was a four-year standout at Delaware and led the team to a pair of NCAA Tournaments in 2007 and 2010, including the program’s only Final Four berth. He was a National Player of the Year finalist and CAA Player of the Year in 2010, and holds the University of Delaware career record by scoring 162 goals.
Hall, another four-year standout with the Blue Hens, played a key role in defeating Team USA in the gold medal game. His two assists came up big as Canada avenged an earlier tournament loss to the U.S.
“It feels awesome,” Hall said to Inside Lacrosse on being able to wear the gold medal. “We were definitely the underdogs in this game, going up against a very talented team. It feels great to get the win.”
Hall, the 2005 CAA Player of the Year, led UD to NCAA Tournament berths in 2005 and 2007, helping Delaware to advance to the Final Four as a senior.
Canada lost its opening match against Team USA, 10-7, before winning six straight and defeating the U.S., 8-5, in the championship game. Team USA had been undefeated in the tournament and was seeking its 10th world championship.
Team USA has faced Canada seven times in the championship game. USA and Canada are the only nations to ever win an FIL Championship since its first tournament in 1967.
Additionally Andy Boston, a 2001 letterwinner with the Blue Hens, also played a part in the FIL Championships. Boston was the head coach of the emerging Uganda National Team, which is the only nation from Africa in the FIL. Uganda went 2-5 at the tournament, finishing 34th with victories over Korea and Argentina.
The FIL headquarters are located in Wilmington, Del., just a short drive from the University of Delaware, and consists of 50 nations.