The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team will have a strong presence at the 2018 FIL Men's Lacrosse World Championship with head coach Taylor Wray and assistant coach Mike Horowitz serving as defensive coordinators for the Canadian National Team and the Israeli National Team, respectively, and incoming freshman Matt Popeck playing for the Israeli National Team.
ESPN and ESPN+ will have exclusive United States coverage of the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships, beginning Thursday, July 12, through Saturday, July 21 in Netanya, Israel.
Wray returns as the defensive coordinator of the Canadian National Team after stints in the 2010 (silver medal) and 2014 (gold medal) men's world championships. He also served as the head coach for the 2012 and 2016 (silver medal) U-19 men's field teams and led Team Canada's U-19 squad to a 14-13 overtime victory over Team USA in the Champion's Challenge in January 2016.
Bringing experience as a player and coach to the Israeli Nation Team, Horowitz previously was an assistant coach for the U-19 Israeli National Team and also played with both the field and box Israeli National Teams.
A starter on defense, Popeck earned US Lacrosse All-American accolades at Sherwood High School. Following graduation, Popeck took a gap year to live in Israel to both help coach youth players and play for the Israeli National Team.
Across 10 days of play, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise 14 matchups, with more than 160 games available on ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International group and ESPN. The event will originate from Netanya Stadium and Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, and will be available for fans to watch in 46 countries.