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Men’s Lacrosse’s Caleb French to Compete with U21 Netherlands National Lacrosse Team & More Breaking News

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Wheeling, W. Va. – Over the summer, Wheeling Men’s Lacrosse player Caleb French has been playing Box Lacrosse as a member of the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League (OJCLL) with the Clarington Shamrox. On August 5th, French is embarking on a new journey that will have him representing Wheeling on a national scale. He was selected as a member of the U21 Netherlands National Lacrosse team and will be traveling to the University of Limerick, in Limerick, Ireland, for the U21 World Championships.  

The World Lacrosse World Championships was originally a U19 tournament, but because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the age was raised to U20 in 2020. For the 2021 season, the age was raised to U21, and World Lacrosse has seen record results. There are a record 23 teams competing in this year’s tournament, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Haudenosaunee, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, The Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Uganda, USA, and Whales. Even though he grew up in Courtice, Ontario, Canada, French’s heritage allowed him to get selected to compete with the Netherlands team. 

French found out about the opportunity to play through a former teammate and, once he learned about the opportunity, he says it was a no brainer to join the team. 

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“I found out I could play for the team through Joost Van Der Horst, who is from the Netherlands and was on the lacrosse team for the 2021-22 season,” said French. “He had played for the U21 team and found out that I had Dutch Heritage. Once he told me all the details it was an immediate yes when he asked if I was interested. I met the coaches through a Zoom call, and they asked for game film of me. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I’m officially on the team.” 

French played his first season with Wheeling University as a defender during the 2022 season and was tied for third on the team with six caused turnovers while grabbing 14 ground balls. This summer, French has been working on his game on both sides of the ball and has developed into a dual threat. In 14 regular season games, French scored five goals and five assists for a total of 10 points. However, when the playoffs came around, he increased his game, scoring 11 goals in 11 games, while totaling 16 points and helping his team to an Eastern Conference Championship. 

The U21 World Championships run from August 10th to August 20th at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland. The Netherlands’ first game is scheduled for Thursday, August 11th at 11 AM (Irish Standard Time)/6 AM (Eastern Time). It will be the first of four Pool E matches for the team as they compete for a chance to play on August 20th in the Bronze or Gold Medal matches, which will be live on ESPN, ESPN +, and ESPNU. 

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