Late May is top of mind for a Barrie lacrosse player.
18 year old Matt Acchione will learn then if he has qualified to represent Team Canada at the 2020 World Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship.
32 of 73 players made the cut in December and that will be trimmed to a final roster of 23.
Acchione attends Hill Academy, a sports school in Concord, and plays lacrosse there. He says belonging to Hill Academy Pride will prepare him for the next round of tryouts.
“We train five times a week and work out. There is practice three or four times a week. Spring season is an intense schedule and will definitely prepare for the tryout.”
Acchione was also drafted by the Toronto Beaches, along with his twin brother Cameron. The club belongs to the Ontario Junior “A” Lacrosse League. They were picked up in a dispersal draft after their Barrie club folded.
Acchione says he, Cameron and younger brother, 12 year old Kyle, have their dad to thank for falling in love with lacrosse.
Anthony Acchione died of cancer in 2015 but Matt says he know’s his dad is with him through this journey seeing that he has made it this far.
“I am hoping he would be really proud of me and smiling down,” says Matt, his voice filled with emotion. “It’s definitely hard going through that as a kid.”
The 2020 World Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship will take place in Ireland from July 9-18.
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