July 10, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Current Saint Max Bonsall '15 and former Siena Lacrosse stars Colin Clive '14, Faus Bernabo '10 and Chris Zarins '09 will all compete at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships to be held July 10-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce, Colo. Bonsall and Clive will represent Team England, the reigning European Champions, while Bernabo will play for his native Argentina and Zarins will suit up for Team Latvia.
A record 38 nations will be competing at this year's championships with 142 games being played over 10 days, building up to the World Championship Game on July 19. The nations will be divided up into nine divisions - eight, four-team divisions and one, six-team division, the Blue Division, which will comprise the top-six ranked nations which includes Bonsall and Clive's Team England squad. Argentina will compete in the Plum Division and Latvia in the White Division. Divisional and Pool Play contests will be held July 10-15 with Championship Bracket competition running July 16-18.
To be eligible to represent a country, a player must either have citizenship, be a son of someone with citizenship, or have at least two grandparents with citizenship in that country. Bonsall has dual American and English citizenship, while Clive's father is English. Bernabo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Zarins' paternal grandparents are both from Latvia.
A rising senior with the Saints, Bonsall appeared in 14 games making three starts on defense for the MAAC Champions this spring. A native of Rye, N.Y., Bonsall picked up seven groundballs and caused two turnovers this season.
"It's a tremendous honor to have this opportunity to represent something that is larger than yourself and a heritage that has been a part of your family for so long," Bonsall said. "Then to add in the factor of having a Siena teammate and possibly competing against other Siena alumni is what makes this extremely special."
Clive recently graduated from Siena College as one of the most decorated attackmen in program history. A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Clive was a Second Team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Tournament Team selection during his senior year. He was a part of two MAAC Championship teams at Siena including in his freshman year when he was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Clive was one of just 20 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award this spring and tallied 34 points while tying for the conference lead with three game-winning goals. He finished his Siena career ranked tied for fifth in program history with 115 career goals and 11th in scoring with 143 points.
"It's an absolute honor to represent England in the upcoming World Championships," Clive noted. "I am proud to wear the English jersey which represents my father's heritage and his country. This experience will be something that I remember for the rest of my life."
Clive got his first taste of international competition in 2012, helping guide Team England to the European Championship. He netted a hat trick in the championship game, a 15-5 win over Team Ireland which was led by Siena Lacrosse alum Matt Walsh '06. Clive scored 17 goals as the English went a perfect 8-0 in the tournament.
A captain on Siena's 2010 team, Bernabo was a two-time MAAC All-Tournament Team selection with the Saints and a key contributor along with Zarins in the program's first MAAC Championship season of 2009. Bernabo appeared in 66 career games including 16 starts at long-stick midfield, tallying 120 groundballs and currently ranks tied for ninth in program history with 21 caused turnovers.
"I am very excited and fortunate to be able to share the field in the upcoming World Games with the many friends I have made along my journey with the sport of lacrosse as well as my brother," commented Bernabo. "Still having many members of my family back in Argentina, it will be great to put on my country's colors and compete with many of my fellow countrymen."
Bernabo will be joined on Team Argentina by his younger brother, Okie, who just led C.W. Post to the Division II National Championship Game, and his cousin, Nico Prandi, who plays for Gordon (Ma.) College. Bernabo currently works in equity sales and trading at MKM Partners in Stamford, Conn.
A 2009 First Team All-MAAC selection, Zarins made 58 appearances including 40 starts at midfield for the Saints from 2006-09. He tallied 70 goals and 41 assists over his career and currently stands 19th all-time in program history with 111 points.
"I am extremely excited to play in this tournament alongside several Siena brothers and represent my family's heritage on a world stage in the sport that has for a long time been very important to me and has molded me into who I am today," Zarins said.
A native of Bayville, N.Y., Zarins continued to play after his time at Siena for two years with Out East Life of the American Lacrosse League. He currently plays with the Bernabo brothers for Sea of Green, a team in the Gotham Lacrosse League which was started and is run by former Siena Lacrosse alums and brothers Robert '91 and Peter '93 Ruggiero. Zarins works in equity trading in Manhattan for the Global Investment Banking Firm Jeffries.
ESPN will provide unprecedented coverage of the World Championships, showing approximately 60 games across its networks via ESPN3 with the semifinals and championship game broadcast on ESPNU. All five of Team England's divisional games will be broadcast on the ESPN Family of Networks. Four games will air on ESPN3 and the England vs. USA game on Monday, July 14th will be televised live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET.
The World Championships began in 1967 and have been held every four years since 1974. The United States has won nine of the 11 championships, with Canada capturing the other two. For more information on the 2014 FIL World Championships, visit www.worldlacrosse2014.com.
Team England Schedule
Friday, July 11 vs. Iroquois Nationals - 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, July 12 vs. Canada - 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sunday, July 13 vs. Australia - 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Monday, July 14 vs. USA - 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tuesday, July 15 vs. Japan - 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Team Argentina Schedule
Friday, July 11 vs. New Zealand - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12 vs. Wales - 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 vs. Russia - 12 p.m.
Team Latvia Schedule
Friday, July 11 vs. Switzerland - 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 12 vs. Thailand - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 vs. Scotland - 11:30 a.m.
Note: All times Eastern