LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Senior attack and reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Chris Robertson will be traveling to Australia for a team camp for the Australian National Team from January 3-7. He is part of a 43-man roster set to try out to make a 23-man squad.
Robertson contacted the Australian Men’s National Team Head Coach Glenn Meredith in October and informed Coach Meredith that his mother, Nichola, was Australian and that he wanted to try out for the Australian Men’s National Team to play at the 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship in Netanya, Israel being held in July 2018.
“Chris informed us that his connection to Australia was due to his mother being born in Adelaide,” said Coach Meredith. “This falls under FIL eligibility rules and we were keen to explore how Chris would fit the Squad.”
Lacrosse in Australia is club based across the states of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. The club season runs from April to September and for many years over summer after college graduation. Siena’s own, Joe Arcarese ‘17 and Jordan Barlow ‘17 played at Glenelg Lacrosse Club in Adelaide after graduating from Siena.
The 2018 Australian Men’s National team has been working together since January 2017. The squad commenced with approximately 100 players and after several camps and tournaments, the team is now at 43 players in line for the final team of 23 to represent Australia at the World Championship.
“We are really looking forward to Chris joining the Australian Men's National Squad and are very excited for him to come to Australia for the Melbourne Squad Camp in January 2018” said Coach Meredith. “We wish Chris all the best in his pursuit of making the final team and also hope the mighty Siena Saints also have a huge season in 2018.”
Robertson was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and earned First Team honors for his efforts during the 2017 season. He played and started in all 14 games and led the league with 35 goals. He was second in the league averaging 2.50 goals per game, which ranked 22nd in the nation. Robertson scored seven man-up goals which ranked second in all NCAA Division I. He ended the season on a 13-game scoring streak, which was seventh best of all active NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse players.