When the World Junior Indoor Lacrosse Championship gets started on Tuesday in Mississauga, Ontario, Team USA will have a strong local flavor to it.
The 20-and-under men's team has 11 players from New England states locked into the roster, plus one reserve from the region. They're from a mix of public high schools, prep schools and all college.
The team will open with Poland in its three-team Group B along with Iroquois, while Canada, Australia and Israel will be on the other side.
We spoke to Graham D'Avila, the President of US Indoor Lacrosse and the team's general manager, about the area contingent. Here's what he expects out of the group as they hope to win their first gold medal in five years of competition.