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Take notice – Jamaica seal 13th place at Lacrosse World Championships

Jamaica’s Lacrosse coach Dale Walker, believes their outstanding performance at the ongoing Lacrosse World Championships immediately established them as a new ‘world power’ in the sport.

Walker said the stage has been set for Jamaican Lacrosse to have a major impact at the next World Championships to be held in Canada in 2022.

The Jamaica Lacrosse team finished in 13th place in their first time competing at the Lacrosse World Championship, currently on in Israel, and Walker said the Lacrosse world can only sit up and take notice.

“This is our first time (at the championship) and we are able to reach 13th (place) out of 44 countries. This has set the tone for what will happen at the next world games and it has established Jamaica as a power in the Lacrosse world immediately,” he told The Gleaner.

‘Special feeling’


“This is a testament to what the Jamaica Lacrosse Association has done. This is really special for us. We are proud of our men, we are proud of our organization and proud that we were able to represent Jamaica in this way in our very first tournament,” he added.

Jamaica lost the opening game of the championship, to host Israel, but since then, has beaten all and sundry to finish in their highest possible position. In the 13th-16th playoffs, Jamaica first defeated Switzerland 12-6, then moved on to beat Finland 8-7, before stopping Wales in the decisive match yesterday.

“Wales was a very difficult and challenging match to earn 13th place at the Lacrosse championships. It was a really close game early on as our defense and offense struggled and Wales went up two nothing. But Jamaica was able to battle back and as the game progressed, we got into our groove and got things stabilized,” he explained.

“In the second-half, we took control of the game, did not allow them to have possession time and took the game away from them. They battled back to 10-7 but we held on for the win,” he said.

Walker was also extremely pleased to have ended the tournament with the second best win record, to the United States, who has a 100 percent win record.

“In terms of wins, we were second only to the USA who had a 100 percent win record and that is a great accomplishment for a first time team,” he added.

Errol Wilson Heads Team Jamaica’s Staff for 2018 FIL World Championships

Talented coach sees his life come full circle through the game of lacrosse

Kingston, Jamaica – Team Jamaica took another step towards competing in their first ever Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship earlier today when Calbert Hutchinson, President of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) named Errol Wilson (St. Mary’s, JA / Lehigh University) the head coach of the men’s national team for the 2018 FIL World Championships, set to take place next July in Netanya, Israel. Hutchinson also announced Wilson’s supporting staff which includes Associate Head Coach, Dale Walker (Spanishtown, JA / Wolmers School) and assistant coach, Kevin Martin (Nantucket, MA / Sweetlax).

“Coach Wilson’s success as a player and a coach at the NCAA Division 1 level speaks for itself,” said Hutchinson, “But what we were most impressed with is his desire to be a good father, and to serve as a strong role model to the young men of Jamaica.”

Being named head coach of the first even Jamaica men’s lacrosse national team is a special “full circle” moment for Wilson. His family story is one of humble beginnings with his mother’s Jamaican background rooted in the rural simplicity of St. Mary’s Parish. Wilson’s mother migrated in 1983, settling in Freeport, NY, where he grew up and learned to love the game of lacrosse. He went on to shine football, track, and lacrosse at Freeport HS . He went on to play goalie for Lars Tiffany at Stony Brook University. Shortly after graduation, Wilson started his coaching career at Brown University, where he helped lead the Bears to a 2008 Ivy League Championship. Wilson then spent a year at Rutgers before joining Kevin Cassese’s coaching staff at Lehigh, where he has served for the past six seasons, the past three as Associate Head Coach.

Coach Wilson is excited and honored to be named the first head coach in the history of Jamaica Lacrosse, but the word that probably best describes how he is feeling is, grateful. The talented young coach has a long list of people he would like to thank.

 “I would like to thank all my coaches along the way in every sport I ever played. I’ve been fortunate to be around some incredible coaches, teachers, support staff and administrators. I’m extremely grateful to all the head coaches I have worked for; Lars Tiffany, Jim Stagnitta and now Kevin Cassese; All of these men have been instrumental in my career and life,” said Wilson.  

His comments appropriately echo the spirit and sentiment of Jamaican cultural icon and reggae legend, Bob Marley, who quoted Marcus Garvey in the hit song, No Woman, No Cry, “In this great future, you can’t forget your past. Wilson continued;

“I also want to thank Calbert Hutchinson, Dwight Clarke and Jamaica Lacrosse Association for entrusting me with the great honor and opportunity to lead Team Jamaica.”

Coach Wilson becomes passionately emotional when he talks about his family, and particularly his mother and the sacrifices she made for his family;

‘My Mother is my daily inspiration; She was brave and determined when she migrated to the USA in 1983, her sacrifice, commitment and dedication to myself, my sister Tyisha and our entire family has been a blessing for us all. My mother’s, competitive and ambitious nature reflect our Jamaican roots; she has instilled that in me. Lastly, I would like to thank my wife, Pat and our 2 boys Roman (5) and Solomon (1). I could not make this commitment without their love and support.  I’m honored to represent my family and my roots and my heritage as the head coach of Team Jamaica.”

Putting Coach Wilson’s supporting cast together was something that Hutchinson had to put a lot of thought into, as he wanted to ensure a balance of local leadership, world class coaching and candidates with Jamaican roots, which is what led him to identify Dale Walker as the associate head coach.   

“Coach Walker has played an integral role in the growth of our boys and girls high school lacrosse league, here in Kingston,” said Hutchinson. “He is going to be tasked with our ongoing efforts to groom and develop the top local talent here in Kingston on a year-round basis. Dale will be an invaluable part of Coach Wilson’s staff.”

Walker serves as the head coach of the boys and girls programs at Wolmers Schools in downtown Kingston. He was also the beneficiary of an FIL Leadership grant that enabled him to attend the 2017 US Lacrosse Convention. In the coming weeks, Walker is helping the JLA run their first ever Level 1 Coaches & Officials Certification to help build capacity for the ever-growing Jamaica High School Lacrosse League.

Kevin Martin, founded Sweetlax, one of the nation’s top high school programs with elite teams based in Florida and New York. Martin has established himself as one of the top high school club coaches in the country, and will play an integral role as a member of the Team Jamaica staff.  Coach Martin has already played a major role in growing the men’s player pool and soliciting corporate sponsorship for Team Jamaica.

“Kevin is an outstanding coach and has developed a reputation as one of the best evaluators of talent in the lacrosse world. Beyond that, his work with youth lacrosse in Nantucket, MA, opened the doors of opportunity to many young Jamaican-American boys, and his relationship as a mentor and guardian to Hakeem Lecky (Kingston, JA / Nantucket, MA / Syracuse University), makes his role with Team Jamaica even more meaningful,” said Hutchinson.  

Details regarding the try-out process for Team Jamaica will be announced in the coming days.

Team Jamaica Competing in International Lacrosse Showdown

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson, is excited to announce that a Jamaican team of over 40 athletes has formed to compete in the 2017 International Lacrosse Showdown this coming weekend at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, USA. The event has been coordinated by the Israel Lacrosse Association, who earlier this week held a press conference in Tel Aviv to announce the details of their plans to host the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championships. (Click here for coverage of this announcement.)

“Participation in this event is an important next step in our engagement of Jamaican lacrosse players in the Diaspora,” said Hutchinson. “While local, home-grown development here is Jamaica has and always will be our top priority, we are really excited to engage with Jamaicans living abroad in the USA, Canada and the UK to give them an opportunity to support and connect with their roots.” 

The roster for this weekend’s event is comprised largely of Jamaican-American heritage players, all of whom are eligible to compete for a spot on Jamaica’s 24 man roster for the the 2018 FIL World Championships. 

Hutchinson continued, “Ultimately this weekend is not about the 2018 team, it is about fostering a sense of fellowship and family among Jamaican lacrosse players living abroad. The roster for the 2018 Championships is going to be a balance of top local talent here in Jamaica with the most talented players in the diaspora, but we really want to encourage the Diaspora to keep participating in events like these throughout the year.” 

Donald Wilson of Bridgeport, CT, who hails for Westmoreland will be coaching the team alongside Skip Darden (Hobart). Former NCAA All-American, Evan Redwood (Amherst), led the charge in forming the team for this weekend’s event. Evan’s parents hail from Kingston, and now reside outside Baltimore, MD. 

The schedule for this weekend’s event is: 

FRIDAY, May 26
6pm – Israel vs Portugal
7pm – Israel vs Greece
8pm – Greece vs Portugal

7am – Hungary vs Puerto Rico
7am – Greece vs Jamaica
8am – Philippines vs Jamaica
8am – Hungary vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Portugal
9am – Greece vs Puerto Rico

SUNDAY, May 28
7am – Israel vs Jamaica
7am – Greece vs Philippines
8am – Israel vs Hungary
8am – Puerto Rico vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Puerto Rico
9am – Hungary vs Jamaica

MONDAY, May 29
7am – Israel vs Puerto Rico
7am – Hungary vs Greece
8am – Hungary vs Philippines
8am – Jamaica vs Portugal
9am – Israel vs Philippines
9am – Puerto Rico vs Jamaica

Team Jamaica’s roster for this weekend is: 

No. First Name Last Name Position Current or Most Recent School or Team
0 Nashwan Hoffman Midfield Adelphi College
1 Rob Kelly Defense University of Richmond
2 Peter Fell Midfield Bates College
3 Anthony Little LSM Rutgers / Charlotte LC
4 Aston King SSDM Frostburg State
5 Zavier Luddington LSM Newmarket Redbirds
6 Deshaunte longley Midfield Johnson & Wales
7 Shakir Saunders Midfield East Coast Dyes
8 Jalen Paul Midfield Franklin Pierce
9 Chris Wong Attack  
10 Donneal Green Midfield Howard CC
11 Brendan Murphy Midfield Rochester River Monsters
14 Joshua Duperly Midfield Coral Reef HS
15 Josiah Wilson Attack Denison University
16 Shakeim Golden Midfield Georgian Court
17 Tyrrell Halliman Goalie Onondaga
18 Courtney Morgan LSM Connecticut College
20 Khary Dennis Midfield Williams College
21 Hakim Thompson Midfield Princeton
22 Shawndel Evans II Midfield Thiel College
23 Jordan Bogle Attack Anderson Broaddus
25 Mark Dwyer Midfield Stevenson
27 Tim Saunders FO Midfield Brunswick School
28 Justin Ashman Defense Suffolk CC
35 Mike Hicks FO Midfield Bergen Catholic
37 Brian Bristol SSDM Bowdoin College
38 Manzu-Lyn Cain SSDM Staffordshire University
39 Jamar Hall SSDM Stockton University
40 Wayne Johnson Attack Suffolk CC
43 Colin Shea Attack Stockton University
47 Nes Geffrard Midfield University at Albany
48 Brian Mahadeo Midfield University of the Cumberlands
50 Justin Ashman SSDM Suffolk CC
52 Jordan Williams Attack Brooklyn Dodgers LC
54 Alex Kelly SSDM Monmouth University
60 Joel Brown Midfield Florida Southern
TBD Mark Darden Midfield Hobart
TBD Elijah Darden Midfield Mt. St. Mary’s
TBD Timothy Swaby    
TBD Raymind Swaby    
TBD Doug Clemmon Midfield Western Connecticut

Team Jamaica Heritage Squad forming for Intl Tournament

The Jamaica Lacrosse Association in excited to announce that Jamaica will be represented at the 2017
International Men’s Lax Showdown, scheduled to take place in New England on Memorial Weekend (May 26-29) alongside the NCAA Lacrosse Championships.

“This is the biggest and most exciting weekend of the year for lacrosse fans around the world,” said JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson. “It is an ideal opportunity for the extended Jamaica Lacrosse family to get together and represent Jamaica, while still being able to catch all the excitement of NCAA Championship Weekend.”

Hutchinson and his team have seen lacrosse grow by leaps and bounds on the local front, as their Kingston based HS Lacrosse league exploded to fourteen teams this past year. Now is the time to see if the many talented Jamaican-American lacrosse players living abroad can rally together and form a heritage team of players eligible to represent Jamaica under FIL rules for this important event.

Heading up the effort to form the team for the 2017 International Lax Showdown is Evan Redwood,a Manhattan based heritage player, whose parents hail from Kingston, Jamaica. Redwood grew up in Baltimore where he attended lacrosse powerhouse Gilman. He went on to prolific career at Amherst College, where he starred as an All-American attackman. Redwood now works as a Business Development Coordinator at ZEFR.

Eligible players can CLICK HERE to join the team and can send questions to 

The tentative game schedule for 2017 International Lax Showdown is below. *Note that the games are scheduled in the morning so players can attend the NCAA Championship games that take place later in the day. 

7am – Hungary vs Puerto Rico
7am – Greece vs Jamaica
8am – Philippines vs Jamaica
8am – Hungary vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Portugal
9am – Greece vs Puerto Rico

SUNDAY, May 28
7am – Israel vs Jamaica
7am – Greece vs Philippines
8am – Israel vs Hungary
8am – Puerto Rico vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Puerto Rico
9am – Hungary vs Jamaica

MONDAY, May 29
7am – Israel vs Puerto Rico
7am – Hungary vs Greece
8am – Hungary vs Philippines
8am – Jamaica vs Portugal
9am – Israel vs Philippines
9am – Puerto Rico vs Jamaica

KC & St. Hugh’s Shine in Exciting Opening Day of HS Lax Champs at Hillel

Kingston, Jamaica – The atmosphere was electric as fourteen different teams marched on to the sports grounds of Hillel Academy for the start of the 2017 Jamaica High School Lax Champs competition earlier today. When the dust settled on over five hours of intense lacrosse competition, two teams went undefeated to claim the top rankings heading into next week’s play-offs at St. George’s College. Kingston College claimed the top spot for the boys, topping Jamaica College and Wolmer’s, while defending Maroon Cup Champions, St. Hugh’s cruised past Alpha and Wolmer’s to keep hold of their top ranking.

“The sport of lacrosse won today,” stated Calbert Hutchinson, President of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA). “These young men and women are falling in love with the game and starting to compete at a high level, but most importantly, they are having fun.”

One thing is for sure, it was certainly a fun, high energy atmosphere on the beautiful grounds of Hillel Academy. The day was very well organized and the energy levels stayed high from start to finish as all the teams in attendance put on a show, entertaining the spectators with the fast paced sport of lacrosse (dubbed around the world as the “fastest game on two feet”). If you were observing the sport for the first time here in Jamaica, it would be hard not to think that this sport could be “The next big thing” here in Jamaica.

Boy’s match results:
Hillel over Campion, 5-1
St. George’s over Wolmers, 8-5
KC over JC, 6-2
Excelsior over Calabar, 4-3
St. George’s over Hillel, 5-1
Excelsior over Campion, 6-2
KC over Wolmers, 6-5
Calabar over JC, 4-3

Girl’s match results:
St. Hugh’s over Alpha, 9-3
Excelsior over Wolmers, 4-3
Hillel over Campion, 2-0
St. Hugh’s over Wolmers, 9-5
Alpha over Campion, 4-2
Excelsior over Hillle, 4-2
These results served to dictate the rankings for the start of the Jamaica HS Lax Champs play-offs next week at Emmet Park on the campus of St. George’s College. The game schedule is as follows:

Week 2: Saturday, Feb 18. Play-Off Round at St. George’s College, Emmet Park
*All teams play two games, except the top two girls seeds (They advance directly to the semifinals).
12:00 Arrival and warm up Field & Game Number
1:00  Boys #1 KC v #8 Campion Field 1. Boys Game 1 (Quartfinal Round)
1:00 Boys #2 STGC v #7 JC Field 2. Boys Game 2 (Quartferfinal Round)
1:00 Girls #3 Alpha v #6 Campion Field 3. Girls Game 1 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Boys #3 Wolmers v #6 Calabar Field 1. Boys Game 3 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Boys #4 Excelsior v #5 Hillel Field 2. Boys Game 4 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Girls #4 Wolmers v #5 Hillel Field 3. Girls Game 2 (Quarterfinal Round)
3:00 Boys loser of game 1 v loser of game 4 Field 1. Boys Game 5 (Consolation Game for rankings 4-8)
3:00 Boys loser of game 2 v loser of game 3 Field 2. Boys Game 6 (Consolation Game for rankings 4-8)
3:00 Girls #1 St. Hugh’s v Winner of Girls Game 1 Field 3. Girls Game 3 (Semifinal Round)
4:00 Boys Winner of Game 1 v Winner of Game 4 Field 1. Boys Game 7 (Semifinal Round)
4:00 Boys Winner of Game 2 v Winner of Game 3 Field 2. Boys Game 8 (Seminfinal Round)
4:00 Girls #2 Excelsior v winner of Girls Game 2 Field 3. Girls Game 4 (Semifinal Round)


More about lacrosse in Jamaica:

Lacrosse is a new sport here in Jamaica, but is the fastest growing team sport in the USA and Canada. Jamaica is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and hopes to participate in World Championship events in the future.  For more information on the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, you can visit For more information on the Federation of International Lacrosse you can visit





2017 Jamaica HS Lacrosse Championship Details Released

Full event format and schedule. (PDF)

Kingston, Jamaica – The Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) is happy to announce the details surrounding the 2nd annual Taino and Maroon Cup high school lacrosse championships for boys and girls. The first round of competition kicks off at Hillel Academy on Saturday, February 11th, games will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The second week of competition features the start of the play-off rounds and is being held at St. George’s College on February 18th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The Championship and consolation round of games will be hosted by Wolmer’s School for Girls on February 24th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

“The excitement surrounding the second year of these competitions is incredible,” says JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson. “We have 14 teams participating this year. Interest and participation, along with the quality of play are up significantly from last year. We are working hard to create a High School lacrosse atmosphere that inspires and fuels the competitive spirit of all the young student-athletes that have started to play lacrosse in Jamaica.”

St. George’s College and St. Hugh’s are the defending champions but will have some stiff competition in their upcoming matches as the number of high schools lacrosse teams has more than doubled in the past year. Schools competing in this year’s competition include; Alpha Academy (girls), Calabar, Campion (boys and girls), Hillel (boys and girls), Excelsior (boys and girls), Jamaica College, Kingston College, St. Hugh’s, St. George’s and Wolmers (boys and girls).

More about lacrosse in Jamaica:
Lacrosse is a new sport here in Jamaica, but is the fastest growing team sport in the USA and Canada. Jamaica is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and hopes to participate in World Championship events in the future. For more information on the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, you can visit For more information on the Federation of International Lacrosse you can visit