With the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships getting underway this week in Langley, BC, let’s take a look at the multiple Kentucky connections in this year’s tournament.
Lexington natives and Lexington Catholic graduates Stevan and Spencer Kriss will be suiting up for Team Serbia up in Langley this year. Both current players at DIII powerhouse Washington & Lee, Stevan is entering his senior year while Spencer is entering his sophomore year.
Last spring with Washington & Lee, Stevan played in all 18 games, scooped up 28 ground balls and caused nine turnovers. Spencer only saw action in nine games, scoring two goals and scooping up
Stevan, a defenseman, played for Serbia during the 2015 tournament on the Onondaga Nation when he was just a senior at Lexington Catholic. He helped them to a twelfth place finish and 3-5 overall record, beating German in pool play and Switzerland and Turkey in bracket play.
In 2017 they both competed for Serbia in the European Box Lacrosse Championships in Turku, Finland. They helped Serbia to an eighth-place finish and Spencer was the leading scorer for Serbia with 18 points (10G/8A).
Bellarmine grads Dillon Ward and Taylor Stuart will also be playing in Langley this week at the 2019 WILC.
Considered by many to be the best overall goalie in the world, Ward will be suiting up for Canada this week. Ward won the NLL Goaltender of The Year Award in 2017 and has been named an NLL All-Pro selection three times. He was drafted third overall in the 2013 NLL draft by the Colorado Mammoth. Ward is also the starting goalie for the Denver Outlaws in the MLL.
While this is his first time representing Canada at the WILC, Ward was Canada’s starting goalie during the 2014 and 2018 World Field Championships. He led Canada to a Gold medal in 2014 and Silver medal in 2018. Ward was named the MVP of the 2014 world games in Denver and was named to the All-World Team in 2014 and 2018.
Stuart, a transition player, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NLL Draft by the Colorado Mammoth. Doing most of his work on the defensive end, Stuart chased down 99 loose balls and caused 20 turnovers last season with the Mammoth. Stuart also tallied 15 points (5G/10A) last season and has been one of the most improved players in the NLL since his rookie year in 2017. He also plays in the MLL for the Denver Outlaws.
Ward and Stuart helped lead the Colorado Mammoth to the Western Division finals appearance last season after upsetting the Saskatchewan Rush in the Western Division semifinals.
On the coaching side, former Bellarmine player Kyle Sorensen will be behind the bench as the head coach of Team Austria. Sorensen is the defensive coordinator for the Burnaby Lakers in the WLA and has recently been hired as a scout for the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks. He has also coached as an assistant with the Coquitlam Jr. A Adanacs and the NLL’s Vancouver Stealth.
Sorensen was drafted by the Stealth second overall in the 2006 NLL draft. He helped lead the Stealth to two championship appearances and won an NLL championship with the Stealth in 2010. He also won four Mann Cup’s with the Peterborough Lakers and won a Minto Cup with Peterborough Jr. A Lakers.