DENVER – After an easy win over Japan on Sunday, the U.S. men's national lacrosse team takes on a tough challenger Tuesday at the World Championship at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Iroquois Nationals are looking for a big win over Team USA, the reigning champs.
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The players on the Iroquois Nation team see lacrosse as so much more than just a sport. It has cultural and spiritual significance. Many Native Americans refer to it as the Creator's game.
"Ever since you could walk or when you're born into the Native American community, you're given a little wooden lacrosse stick," Iroquois Nationals player Zach Miller said.
Miller grew up on the Allegheny reservation in upstate New York. Denver is currently his home.
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Miller is entering his sophomore year at the University of Denver. In his first season, he was the third leading scorer for the DU Pioneers.
Miller is on the Iroquois National team in the World Championships. He wants to win and make a positive impression.
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The Nationals were not allowed to play in the last World Championships in 2010 in England. The country would not recognize the validity of the Iroquois passports. Team USA went on to win that year.
The Iroquois Nationals were strong contenders in the 2006 and 2002 tournaments, finishing fourth in both.
Tickets to the Tuesday 5 p.m. game are available. For $25, you get into all of the day's lacrosse games outside of the main stadium. The US-Iroquois game which will be played on Field 10 on the grounds of Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
For more information on tickets for the World Lacrosse Championship Tournament: http://worldlacrosse2014.com/tickets/index.
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