TORONTO, Ontario, Canada Dec. 19, 2011 — The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) today named veteran men’s lacrosse official Tom Sutton the Referee in Chief for the 2014 FIL World Men’s Lacrosse Championships. US Lacrosse will host the quadrennial event July 10-19, 2014, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colo.
"Tom emerged as the leading candidate from a competitive applicant pool," said Don Blacklock, chair of the FIL Men’s Officiating Committee. "His diverse officiating background and previous international lacrosse experience make him a great fit for this position."
Sutton, 49, served as one of the officials for the 2006 FIL men’s gold medal game in London, Ontario. He has officiated the Major League Lacrosse championship game in each of the last six seasons and in multiple NCAA tournaments and National Lacrosse League playoff games, in addition to various indoor international lacrosse events. Sutton has held leadership positions and membership in numerous lacrosse officiating organizations, including the US Lacrosse Men’s Game Officials Sub-Committee, the US Lacrosse Men’s Collegiate Officials Committee, the Professional Lacrosse Officials Association and the National Lacrosse League Officials Association.
"This is one of the highest honors a lacrosse official can achieve," said Sutton, also an interpreter and a trainer. "I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to provide the best, fairest officiating we can to the 2014 FIL World Championships."
Sutton grew up in central New York and played lacrosse at Ithaca College. He resides in Eden, N.Y.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has nearly 375,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.
About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 43 member nations and sanctions five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor.) The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world. For more information on the FIL please visit www.filacrosse.com.