It has already been a rather successful lacrosse year for Doug Jamieson and Austin Staats.
But now there’s a chance the two Native teenagers could both end up being on three championship squads in 2015.
The pair were teammates on the Ontario-based Six Nations Arrows, which captured the Minto Cup, the Canadian Junior A lacrosse title, on Saturday August 29.
The Arrows hosted the national final, a best-of-seven series, against British Columbia’s Coquitlam Adanacs. Six Nations captured the series in six matches.
For Jamieson, this marked his second championship of the year. This past spring he was a member of the New York-based Onondaga Community College Lazers, who won the National Junior Colleges Athletic Association crown.
Jamieson and Staats would also undoubtedly be key members of the Iroquois West squad that will perform at the World Lacrosse Challenge. This 12-team international event, which is being held for the first time, will be staged September 11–13 in the Six Nations community of Ohsweken.
As of Tuesday, however, Jamieson said he hadn’t decided whether to compete at the WLC. That’s because he had already left his hometown and begun his second-year studies at his junior college in the U.S.
Staats, though, will definitely suit up for the Iroquois West side for the WLC. And then, following this tournament, though he’s just 17, he will also be a member of the Iroquois Nationals men’s team, who are hosting the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC).
This 13-team tournament, which runs September 18–27, will be held on the Onondaga Nation as well as in Syracuse. Staats, who was the leading scorer at the Minto Cup tournament with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in six games, is hoping he’ll also be part of the winning teams at both the World Lacrosse Challenge and the WILC.
“I have thought about winning all three,” he said. “I’d love to do that. I’d love to do the hat trick.”
Staats, who is entering his final year of high school, said his confidence level is rather high right now following the Arrows’ national title.
“I just want to keep on winning now,” he said.
Though he is one of the best young players in the sport now, Staats was a bit shocked that he cracked the roster of the Iroquois Nationals men’s team.
“I was actually surprised I made that,” he said. “But I guess they liked my playing style and the effort I give on the floor.”
Staats’ 23-year-old brother, Randy, will also be on the Iroquois Nationals’ roster.
“It’s going to be a dream come true for me,” said the younger Staats. “We’ve never had the chance before to be on the same team.”
Both the WLC and WILC will be historic events. The WLC will be the first international lacrosse tournament hosted on Haudenosaunee land. And the WILC will mark the first time a world championship has been staged on Haudenosaunee land.
The WLC will feature 12 entrants, including four Native squads. Besides Team Iroquois West, there will also be a Team Iroquois East, Team Iroqouis Seneca and a Squamish Nation side from British Columbia.
Meanwhile, the Iroquois Nationals will be one of 13 clubs taking part in the WILC.
Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.
Austin Staats, seen here lifting the Minto Cup and celebrating with his teammates, is hoping to be a member of three championship squads this year.