Thursday, July 15, 2010

Former UAlbany Standout Corey Small Plays for Team Canada at FIL World Championships

Albany, N.Y. - Former University at Albany attackman Corey Small will play for Team Canada at the 2010 FIL World Championships (Federation of International Lacrosse) in Manchester, England. Canada, the defending champion after winning the world title in 2006, begins divisional play on Friday, July 16 against Japan. Small, who was added to the Canadian roster 10 days ago, currently plays for Major League Lacrosse's Toronto Nationals and National League Lacrosse's Edmonton Rush.

A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Small was chosen in the first round of the 2009 NLL Entry Draft by Edmonton and taken in the third round of the MLL Collegiate Draft. The 23-year old accounted for 17 goals and 22 assists during the indoor season in leading Edmonton to the NLL West Division final. He was a member of last year's MLL champion Toronto squad.

As a collegian, Small was picked to the All-America East Conference second team for the second consecutive year as a senior in the spring of 2009. He led the conference in goals at 3.1 per game and was second in points (3.6 pg). He totaled 31 goals and five assists despite playing in just 10 games due to mid-season leg surgery. His rehabilitation was assisted by a VAC (Vacuum Assisted Closure) device that assisted the healing process.

Small, who was one of the top scorers on the 2007 squad that reached the NCAA quarterfinals, finished his UAlbany career ranked sixth on the school's all-time list with 109 goals. He scored at least one point in 27 consecutive games. Small, a left-handed sharpshooter, compiled 137 career points.

The FIL World Championship's medal round begins on July 22. The championship final is scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) and will be televised live by ESPNU.

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