The 38-team Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship began on Thursday in Denver, Colo. The event, which runs through July 19, is the premier event for lacrosse and is held every four years in the same tradition as the World Cup for soccer or the Summer and Winter Olympics.
The tournament coverage, which is being shown on ESPN3 and ESPNU, will focus heavily on top teams such as the United States and Canada.
But for current and former players and fans of the University of San Diego’s club lacrosse program, they’ll have the chance to root for a pair of Toreros, one current student-athlete, Brad Tuz, and another who is playing for a country making its FIL World Championship debut.
The Thailand national team’s roster includes attacker Chatch Sirisuth, a 2008 USD Business Marketing graduate and a four-year starter for USD’s program. Sirisuth was team captain in 2008 and a member of USD’s MCLA Division II national championship teams in 2005 and 2006. He remains actively connected to USD’s lacrosse program through its alumni group.
Sirisuth, now living in San Francisco where he’s a marketing strategist for Boost Media and co-founder of Kaliber West Coast, a lifestyle apparel brand with products specific to lacrosse, has a chance to perform among the world’s best players.
Furthermore, Thailand’s first World Championship appearance will be a sibling affair for Sirisuth. His younger brother, John Sirisuth (pictured, with Chatch at right), is a defender on the national team. He played college lacrosse at Northeastern University.
A story by the brothers’ New Caanan, Conn., newspaper where they graduated from high school published a recent article on their selection to the national team and Thailand’s preparation for the world championship event.
Thailand is in the White Division pool-play group with Scotland, Latvia and Switzerland. The team’s first game, against Scotland is today at 10 a.m. (Pacific) and will be shown on ESPN3. Subsequently, Thailand plays Latvia Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PDT and Sunday against Switzerland at 8:30 a.m. PDT.
Meanwhile, Brad Tuz, who will be a senior this fall at USD, is playing for the New Zealand National Team as a defender. New Zealand is playing in the Plum Division with Argentina, Russia and Wales. New Zealand played Argentina on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific. They’ll oppose Russia Saturday at 11 a.m. and then Sunday against Wales in the day’s opening match at 7 a.m.
— Inside USD staff