Courtesy of Rhodes Athletics
ATLANTA (Feb. 1, 2018) – In advance of the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Championships, which are scheduled to take place July 12-21 in Netanya, Israel, Rhodes men's lacrosse senior student-athlete Jack Snyder was selected to the France National Lacrosse Team.
Snyder, from San Rafael, Calif., is one of only two active NCAA Division III players on a roster; both coincidentally serve as defenders. Two other current student-athletes in the United States are a squad, twins from Asbury University.
Snyder will get to play with his brother Dylan, both of whom were selected due to their mother's French citizenship.
Selections for the team began in March of 2017. Snyder attended the three-day trial in Paris in June in which there was a round of selections in Scotland. At the trial, competitors scrimmaged the Scottish team and later competed in New Jersey against Dominican College and Felician University.
Snyder is one of 22 selected to the active roster out of 60 potential players.
The FIL World Lacrosse Championships began in 2012, but the championships actually originated in 1967. In 1967, the World Lacrosse Championship had only four teams before any international lacrosse organization was founded. In 2014, Denver, Colo., hosted the championships with 38 teams represented. This summer, a record 50 countries are expected to compete, making the event the largest all-time.
Israel is the first nation outside of Australia, Canada, England, and the United States to host the event.
The games and opening ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, July 12th, and will run daily until Saturday, July 21st.