COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State lacrosse fans will see two familiar faces on the Team Canada roster when the 2022 U21 World Championships get underway later this summer in Limerick, Ireland.
That’s because Trent DiCicco, a rising junior from Guelph, Ontario, and Alex Marinier, a rising sophomore who calls Burlington, Ontario home, were announced on Wednesday as members of Team Canada’s final roster.
Originally scheduled for 2020, the World Championships were moved twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada will open the tournament on Wednesday, Aug 10, against the United States, which is coached by Ohio State’s Nick Myers. The championships will feature a record 23 teams and more than 500 athletes, making 2022 the largest junior-level world championship staged by World Lacrosse to date.
Canada will compete in Pool A, which comprises the top-ranked teams: the United States, Australia, Haudenosaunee, and England. At the last World Championships, Canada took the silver medal after falling to the United States in the gold medal game.
DiCicco was one of the Buckeyes’ most consistent and versatile players in 2022. He saw action in 15 of 16 games and had 11 points (eight goals, three assists), 46 ground balls and three caused turnovers. His ground ball total was second-highest on the team and the most of a non-faceoff specialist. Offensively, he had a point in each of the last four games that he played in.
Marinier saw his most significant playing time in an 18-9 win over Penn State and picked up a pair of ground balls. He played both hockey and lacrosse at Dr. F.J. Hayden Secondary School and was part of the 32-man tryout group of U19 Team Canada back in 2020.
The Buckeye ties at the 2022 World Championships will be significant. Myers is the head coach of Team USA and rising senior Jacob Snyder is on the final 23-man roster. With DiCicco and Marinier playing for Team Canada, a total of four Buckeyes will be represented.