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Siena Alum Chris Robertson to Play in FIL World Championships with Australia

A 2018 graduate of Siena College, Chris Robertson concluded his career with the Saints as the 10th player in program history to score career 100 goals. He ranks 13th all-time at Siena in total points with 142. Following the 2018 season, Robertson was named to the All-MAAC Second Team. Previously he was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team following his freshman season, and MAAC First Team and Player of the Year honors following his junior season.

A resident of Ontario, Robertson is currently in Israel, where he will be participating in the World Championships of Lacrosse as a member of the Australian National Team.  Chris recently took the time to check in with Capital District Lax to talk about the Worlds.

GG: How and when did you become interested in participating in Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) events and what was the process of applying to qualify to play for the Australian team?
CR: I have always been interested in playing in the world games, being from Canada it’s always on television and growing up it was a dream of mine to play at the highest level. I contacted the Australian coach in October 2017 to determine if having one parent, my mother Nichola, with an Aussie passport would allow me to compete for them, thankfully it did.

GG: What was the selection/tryout process for Australia for the 2018 World Championships?

CR: The tryout process for them is done over the course of two years with camps around 3 days every couple months. They have a lot of travel involved with this as well as games up in Japan as the last part of the tryout process. I made the trip down in January to meet the team and play for a few days. I found out I had been selected to the final team in March and I was extremely excited to travel to Israel with the final roster and play against the best in the world.

GG: How have you been preparing for the World Championships?

CR: For most of my preparation I was at Siena playing in my final year. This made it extremely easy for me to stay in shape and continue to work on my game. Away from that we have team workouts and running provided to us. We got here to Israel a few days before the tournament begins to get together as a full team for the first time. This will be a huge advantage for us along the way.

GG: Prior to coming to Siena, you played at the Hill Academy.  Any thoughts on a potential match-up with your former Hill Academy Coach (All-World defenseman) Brodie Merrill when Australia plays Canada in FIL pool play?

CR: Brodie is one of the best lacrosse players in the world. It’s definitely a unique situation playing against a former coach, but I’m more focused on winning rather than specific match ups.

GG: As a first-time member of the Australian National Team, what are your thoughts on playing in the Blue group of the FIL World’s – the event’s most competitive and experienced pool of teams?

CR: The Blue division is made up of the best of the best. It will be an incredible experience playing with and against some of the most outstanding athletes in the game today.

GG: Based on your experience with Australia thus far, have you had to make any adjustments to your personal game to fit FIL rules/style of play?

CR: The style the Aussies play is much different than traditional field lacrosse. It requires much more conditioning than I was used to at the attack position. I also like the rules in regards to players diving through the opposing teams crease, I wish it was allowed at all levels of play.

GG: What do you see as your role on the team, and what are your personal goals for FIL play in 2018 and beyond?

CR: I don’t really look at our team and see role players. The atmosphere they have created is that every player on offense or defense can play every spot on their side of the field. This allows for continuous motion on offense to bring defenders into positions they aren’t used to, and grow confidence in defenders all over the field. Our main goal in Israel is a Gold Medal. Looking past the world games I hope to continue playing Lacrosse at the professional level, both indoor and outdoor.

Check out Chris live on ESPNU on Sat, Jul 14 at 7:30 a.m. (ET) when Australia meets Team USA.  For additional broadcast and streaming info visit: ESPN FIL Championships

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Gary Govel
Gary has been involved in lacrosse in the Capital District for over 35 years as a player, youth coach, program administrator, parent, and fan. Gary launched in November 2015 to report on lacrosse news and information of interest to the region, and to share his passion for the game. In addition to operating this site and associated social media, Gary is also a contributor to Inside Lacrosse.