Head Coach Marty Ward Named to Iroquois Nationals Roster
LAKELAND - Florida Southern men's lacrosse head coach Marty Ward has been named to the 44-man training roster for the Iroquois Nationals field lacrosse team to compete at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Lacrosse Championship.
The Iroqouis Nationals, along with 37 other national teams from around the world, will compete at the 2014 FIL Men's World Lacrosse Championship in Denver, Colo. The national team, based out of the Onondaga Nation in upstate New York, will release their finalized roster in June.
Currently in his fourth season as head coach of the Moccasins, Ward was a two-time All-American goalkeeper at Limestone College from 2004-2007. Ward holds the Limestone record for saves in a career (515), and still ranks second all-time in wins (32) and saves per game (14.31). The Saints made the semifinals in each of his four seasons, and were runner-up in 2005 and 2006.
The New Yorker was the starting goalkeeper for the 2006 Iroquois Nationals team that finished fourth at the 2006 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in London, Canada. Ward and the Iroquois Nationals would have also participated at the 2010 games in Manchester, England, but they were unable to make the trip when the British government denied their Haudenosaunee passports.
The fourth-year head coach also served as an assistant coach for the Iroqouis National U-19 Program that won bronze at the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships in Turku, Finland.
Joining Ward on the team are some of the best Iroquois players in the country, including Miles, Ty and Lyle Thompson of Albany and Randy Staats of Syracuse University. Also joining Ward on the team is his grandfather, Marty Sr., as the team's head athletic trainer. Marty Sr. has been a trainer in the American Hockey League for 25 years, and for the past 10 seasons has been the trainer for the Onondaga Nation Redhawks of the Senior B Can-Am Lacrosse League.
The 2014 FIL World Championship is scheduled to begin on July 10 and will continue until the championship game on July 15. The Iroquois Nationals will compete as members of the Blue Division with some of the top national teams in the world, such as the United States, Canada and Australia, and will face England in their first game of the tournament on July 11.