Canada Wins 2024 IIJL Commonwealth Cup

by CLL

ALTONA, VIC — After a four day round-robin, the Canadian Lacrosse League Development Team wins the 2024 IIJL Commonwealth Cup against the Australian Box Lacrosse all-star roster in an exciting 15-6 winner-take-all championship game final.

Australia's roster was comprised of the best players from the Adelaide Thunder, Melbourne Storm, and Perth Fury that competed in the four team round-robin with Canada over the previous four days. Australian Box Lacrosse utilizes the IIJL Commonwealth Cup to develop and select a large majority of the IIJl World Junior Lacrosse Championship roster - while providing their players valuable high-level experience competing against Canadian. 

[PHOTO: The Canadian Lacrosse League Development Team roster poses with the Commonwealth Cup after the championship game final.]

Both teams took time and felt each other out during the first 5 minutes of the final game. Returning defensive impact player for Canada, #10 Roman Marshall, opened the scoring with a beautiful short handed goal in transition. 

Australia was only able to score 1 Goal in each of the first three quarters, finding their grove late in the game scoring 3 Goals in the fourth frame - matching the previous quarters output combined. Australia was led in scoring by #3 Anthony Green who scored a hat trick in the final game. 

Players of the Game, for Australia #3 Gabriel Bleed and for Canada #55 Myles Shorey, who scored 4 Goals and added 3 Assists for his highest single game output of the tournament. 



Statistically, Canadian players were the leaders in every major statistical category. Goalies Luke Andrews 5.50 GAA and Ryan Horbay 8.50 GAA. Forwards, Alexander Angus scored 14 Goals and Cashton Seaborg led with 16 Assists and 26 Points. Additionally, Colton Ebbett scored an impressive 3 Short Handed Goals in the 4 Games as a Defender.

The next event for the CLL will be traveling to Europe to play an International Friendly against the Slovakia Men's National Box Team and compete in the 2024 E-Box invitational tournament, with games against Germany, Czechia, and defending European Champion England.