Iroquois National Indoor Lacrosse Team
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Iroquois National Indoor Lacrosse Team
Iroquois Confederacy
Nickname(s)Iroquois Nationals
FIL membership1987
AssociationFirst Nations Lacrosse Association
World Indoor Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2003)
Best resultSecond place (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)

The Iroquois national indoor lacrosse team, known as the Iroquois Nationals, represents the Iroquois Confederacy in international box lacrosse competitions. They are currently ranked second in the world by the Federation of International Lacrosse and have won Silver medals in all four World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.[1] The team is organized by the First Nations Lacrosse Association.

World Indoor Lacrosse Championship

Overall results

World Indoor Lacrosse Championship
Year Host GP W L GF GA Finish
2003 Canada 7 5 2 126 81 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2007 Canada 5 4 1 98 35 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2011 Czech Republic 5 4 1 84 37 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2015 Onondaga Nation 6 4 2 84 48 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Totals - 23 17 6 392 201 4 Silver Medals


In the first World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, the Nationals only lost to Canada, but twice, a close 15-13 game in round-robin play and a blowout 21-4 loss in the championship. John Grant Jr. of Team Canada scored 7 goals and 2 assists in the final.[2][3]


The 2007 WILC final, with the expected pairing of Canada against the Nationals, was one of the best games in box lacrosse history.[5] Team Canada went through the first quarter with a 4-2 lead, then the Nationals were able to come back in the second and third. The Iroquois were up 10-9 at the start of the fourth quarter. Three quick Canadian goals put them in front again, but they were answered by another three goals by the Nationals. Then John Grant, Jr. scored two goals and the victory for Canada was almost secured. But Dean Hill scored in the final minute of regulation to tie it at 14, sending the championship into overtime. Thirty seconds into overtime, Jeff Zywicki scored his first goal of the game, making it 15-14 for Canada's second gold medal.[5][6]


Canada beat the Nationals in the final for the third time in 2011. Starting goaltender Mike Thompson was injured in the second quarter and had to be replaced by Angus Goodleaf. Cody Jamieson and Sid Smith and were named to the All World Team. Roger Vyse lead the team in scoring with 15 goals and 9 assists.[7][8]


The 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship was hosted by the Onondaga Nation, south of Syracuse, New York.[9]Canada defeated the host Iroquois Nationals 12-8 in the gold medal game, the same finals match-up featured in all four indoor championships.[10]

Most games were held on the Onondaga Reservation at the Onondaga Nation Arena and the newly-built $6.5 million Onondaga Nation Fieldhouse, although the Iroquois' games versus Canada and the United States were held at War Memorial Arena in Syracuse and the gold and bronze medal games were held at the Carrier Dome.[11][12]

The opening ceremonies in the sold-out War Memorial Arena featured a light show about the Haudenosaunee creation story and traditional dancing.[13] The documentary Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation explains the meaning of lacrosse to the Iroquois people and covers the Iroquois Nationals in the 2015 WILC, featuring brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson.[14]


Event Member Award
2011 WILC Sid Smith All World Team - Defense
2011 WILC Cody Jamieson All World Team - Transition
2015 WILC Lyle Thompson All World Team - Forward
2015 WILC Jeff Shattler All World Team - Transition
2015 WILC Sid Smith All World Team - Defense

Other competitions

Bowhunters Cup

Heritage Cup

Junior teams

During the 2015 WILC, the first FIL sanctioned under-17 box lacrosse friendly took place between the Iroquois Nationals and Team Canada.[16] The under-17 squads again faced off prior to the 2017 Heritage Cup.

World Junior Lacrosse Championship

International medals
Junior Indoor Lacrosse
Representing  Iroquois
Gold medal - first place
Silver medal - second place

In 2015, the Six Nations held the inaugural World Lacrosse Challenge, an under-19 box lacrosse tournament featuring international club and national teams. The Iroquois fielded 3 teams, with the Iroquois West team winning bronze.[17]

The tournament changed its name to the World Junior Lacrosse Championships in 2016 and added an under-17 division. The Iroquois had three under-19 teams - West, East, and Grand River - and a under-17 team.[18] The Iroquois West team took gold, with the Iroquois Grand River winning bronze. The under-17 Iroquois team defeated Canada's under-17 squad to win gold.[19]

After missing a year, the 2018 World Junior Lacrosse Championship changed format again, this time an indoor under-20 round robin tournament featuring the United States, Canada and the Iroquois national teams. With half it's roster missing due to travel delays, the Iroquois lost to Canada in the opening game of the tournament. After defeating the United States, the Iroquois reached the championship game , but lost in the rematch with Canada.



Other tournaments and games

See also


  1. ^ "World Rankings". Federation of International Lacrosse. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "2003 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships". Outsider's Guide. Archived from the original on 2009-02-15.
  3. ^ "Canada routs Iroquois to win gold medal, 21-4". Outsider's Guide. 24 May 2003. Archived from the original on 2008-07-20.
  4. ^ "World Indoor Lacrosse Championship rosters". Outsider's Guide. 15 May 2003. Archived from the original on August 8, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Shanahan, Brian (November 5, 2013). "Blog from the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship". Inside Lacrosse. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Canada captures world indoor lacrosse title". CBC Sports. May 20, 2007. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Canada wins world indoor lacrosse championship". Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. May 28, 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Canada - Iroquois Nationals 13:6". FIL. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Lacrosse is Coming Home to Onondaga Nation". Federation of International Lacrosse (Press release). 2 April 2015.
  10. ^ Rogers, Daniels (September 27, 2015). "World Indoor Lacrosse Championship 2015 Results: Medal Winners and Final Scores". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Moses, Sarah (September 11, 2015). "Onondaga Nation builds $6.5M arena in record time for lacrosse championship". Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Tsha' Thoñ'nhes - About Us". Onondaga Nation. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Moses, Sarah (September 22, 2015). "World Indoor Lacrosse Championship opening ceremony, games on YouTube". Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Morris, Amy (May 26, 2017). "Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Documentary Premieres: Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation". Indian Country Today. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "2015 Iroquois National's World Indoor Lacrosse Team". Iroquois Nationals. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ Vock, Casey. "Team Canada, Haudenosaunee Youth Players Shine at WILC U17 Box Exhibition". Retrieved .
  17. ^ Windle, Jim (2015-09-15). "U-19 World Lacrosse Series a Success, Team Iroquois West beats USA for Bronze". Retrieved .
  18. ^ "World Junior Indoor Lacrosse Championship returns to ILA starting Wednesday". Inside Lacrosse. August 22, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ Windle, Jim (August 31, 2016). "World Junior Lacrosse Championships celebrates lacrosse". Two Row Times. Retrieved 2017.

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