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Duke Trio Set for 2022 World Games

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DURHAM – A trio of former Blue Devils will don the red, white and blue for Team USA this week as the 2022 World Games get underway in Birmingham, Ala. Duke’s Justin Guterding, Brad Smith and Michael Sowers are among the 12 men selected by USA Lacrosse to represent the United States.

Guterding and Smith took part in the training camp last July and played Sixes at the Lake Placid Summer Classic in August. The duo most recently was part of the group selected to take part in the Super Sixes tournament hosted by USA Lacrosse last fall.

All three are standouts in the Premier Lacrosse League. Guterding and Smith suit up for Whipsnakes, while Sowers is a Waterdog.

Guterding, running out of the box for Whipsnakes, has 12 points this season with five goals and seven assists. His seven helpers are the second most by a midfielder in the league. Smith has 10 points in his five outings, including the game-winning goal for Whipsnakes against Waterdogs. He also dished the winning assist the following week against Redwoods. Sowers, in his first full season in the PLL, has 15 points to rank tied for seventh in the league.

The World Games 2022 is a multi-sport competition that will feature over 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries competing in 34 sports. The event runs from July 7-17 in Birmingham, Ala.

The United States opens the even against Germany July 8. Team USA takes on Great Britain and Australia July 9 and 10, respectively, before placement games July 11. The title game is set for July 12.

The lacrosse competition will use the new high-intensity Sixes discipline developed by World Lacrosse for events such as The World Games. Sixes is a fast-paced version of the sport played on a smaller field (70 x 36 meters), with fewer players (6-v-6), a condensed game length (four 8-minute quarters) and a 30-second shot clock.

The Sixes discipline was formally announced in May 2021 by World Lacrosse after more than three years of work. World Lacrosse, which continues to sponsor major international championships for box and field lacrosse, appointed a working group to develop a version of the sport that would complement the existing box and field versions of the sport that would meet the following five objectives:

  • Support and encourage the continued growth of lacrosse worldwide
  • Provide greater access to lacrosse by eliminating barriers to entry (e.g., cost, team size, field size)
  • Appeal to the next generation of sport participants and fans with a discipline that features tempo, speed, scoring and less specialization
  • Over time, create greater competitive balance internationally by bringing more nations within reach of the podium at major international events
  • And, fit within the 21st Century Olympic framework, where the International Olympic Committee and Host Cities are working to reduce the cost and complexity of staging the Olympic Games.

For tickets and more details about the 2022 World Games, visit http://twg2022.com.

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