By Paul Krome | @paulkrome
One of the treats of preparing for and executing the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, was the potential many of us saw for the media to bring to life the terrific stories of some of the people that make up the heart of the lacrosse community.
With a record 38 nations sending teams – some with easier journeys to Denver than others – along with the simple growth-of-the-game element, feature story ideas abounded. And to a significant extent, members of the traditional lacrosse media, local Denver press corps and other outlets you might not normally expect combined to deliver a wide range of coverage of the event and its participants; coverage many, including me, hope provides some traction to support various efforts to develop lacrosse around the world.
Can’t go any further without a shoutout to Brian Logue and Lane Errington of our communications staff, along with the staff of our own Lacrosse Magazine for their unending coverage of the event, which you can relive here. Also, thanks to the crew of official event photographer Scott McCall Photography for the long hours and great images, which you may view and download.
In no particular order, here’s a look back at some of the stories generated via the world lacrosse championship:
Lacrosse All-Stars’ Connor Wilson reviews “the good, the bad and the reffing” of the world championship.
The U.S. may have lost the gold medal game to Canada, but that need not diminish what you think of attackman Garrett Thul. He’ll be a true hero as he now becomes a U.S. Army Ranger, wrote Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post.
Lacrosse Magazine chronicled tournament darling Team Uganda's first goal and first win.
Hendrik Sybrandy and CCTV America filed this report on first-time participants like China, interviewing coach Mike Elefante and FIL director of development Tom Hayes, among others.
The Daily Beast followed the Iroquois Nationals journey to a first international medal, a millennium after inventing the game.
Lax.com compiled daily recap videos showcasing numerous international teams and the international village experience on their YouTube channel.
KOA 850 AM Radio’s Andy Lindahl hosted his “Primetime Sports” show live at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park during the semifinals July 18, welcoming a number of guests from the lacrosse world, including among others Hayes, Steve Govett from Team Canada, and Kevin Dugan from Team Uganda.
If you were in the parking lots tailgating before the opening USA-Canada game, here’s local channel ABC7’s live hit during opening ceremonies of the event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Here’s a video review from The Lacrosse Network, which as many of you know produced the popular “Road to the Rockies” series that chronicled Team USA’s pre-event journey. TLN also put together this pregame jumbotron video that wowed spectators before the U.S.-Canada gold medal game.
Brian Coughlin of Inside Lacrosse takes note of collegians who raised their stocks with their play at the world championship.
Bill Kiser of The Charlotte Observer sheds some light on Casey Cittadino’s second chance to play international lacrosse, this time with Team Israel.
That’s a quick but by no means exhaustive rundown of some of the stories we saw coming out of the world championship. Be on the lookout for more as the September issue of Lacrosse Magazine heads to press next week and mails out before Labor Day.