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