Jonathan Sirisuth had set­tled down to lunch at the Inter­na­tional Vil­lage dining hall when he received the phone call from his brother, seven years his senior.

It was the spring of 2013 and Sirisuth, BHS’16, was in the process of firming up his plans for the ensuing semester.

Make sure you have some avail­ability,” his brother told him. “And book a flight to Thailand.”

A few weeks later, Sirisuth made the 8,500-mile journey from Boston to Bangkok, where his par­ents had lived before moving to Con­necticut in 1984.

There, Sirisuth intro­duced him­self to the founder of Thailand’s national lacrosse team, with whom his older brother had con­nected via social media. The squad, it turned out, could use Sirisuth’s talent as a long stick mid­fielder, a posi­tion he had played on Northeastern’s club team.

In short order, Sirisuth suited up for Thai­land in the 2013 Asia Pacific Lacrosse Cham­pi­onships, which were held in Bei­jing. The tour­na­ment went well—Thailand fin­ished third—and Sirisuth earned a cov­eted roster spot on the club’s national team.

Sirisuth will represent Team Thailand in the 2014 Lacrosse World Championships.

Sirisuth will rep­re­sent Team Thai­land in the 2014 Lacrosse World Championships.

The honor was any­thing but nom­inal: This month, Sirisuth will be com­peting for Thai­land in the 2014 Fed­er­a­tion of Inter­na­tional Lacrosse World Cham­pi­onships, which will con­vene hun­dreds of players from more than three dozen nations. The games will be held July 10–19 in Denver, Col­orado and tele­cast on ESPN’s sister stations.

It’s an honor to rep­re­sent my family’s her­itage and everyone else who has ded­i­cated end­less hours to the growth of the game,” said Sirisuth, noting that Thailand’s lacrosse pro­gram is but 4 years old. “Although this is our first world games, we expect to com­pete with whomever we face-​​off against.”

In pool play, Thai­land will battle Latvia, Scot­land, and Switzer­land, with the top two teams advancing to the quar­ter­final round. Win or lose, Sirisuth will have the oppor­tu­nity to trade game sto­ries with another North­eastern lacrosse player aiming to impress in Denver.

Chris McPart­land, DMSB’18, will be com­peting in the elite divi­sion of the World Lacrosse Fes­tival, which will be held in con­junc­tion with the World Cham­pi­onships. The story of his rise in the ranks of Team Eire, a sub­sidiary of Ireland’s national squad, is some­thing of a serendip­i­tous tale.

While studying in Ire­land through the Pro­gram, McPart­land played for a club team and even­tu­ally tried out for the national squad. Though cur­rently inel­i­gible to suit up for Ire­land, he impressed its coaches and earned a spot as the starting goal­tender on the country’s devel­op­ment team.

The first ball he’ll be counted on to save in the fes­tival will be fired off the stick of a Japanese player on Team Kansai, but the con­fi­dent net­minder is none too wor­ried about making the cru­cial stops. “I’ve been playing goalie for as long as I’ve been playing lacrosse,” said McPart­land, who first picked up a stick in second grade. “I hate losing and making big saves is very rewarding.”

Both he and Sirisuth like to think of them­selves as lacrosse ambas­sadors, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the country’s fastest growing sport. As a tes­ta­ment to its increasing pop­u­larity, more than 40 games in the World Cham­pi­onships will be tele­cast on ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU.

It’s fast paced, it’s high-​​scoring,” McPart­land said, explaining the sport’s pull.

The same adjec­tives could be used to describe Northeastern’s club team, which scored more than its share of goals this past season and reached the Men’s Col­le­giate Lacrosse Association’s national tour­na­ment for the first time in seven years.

McPart­land red­shirted, playing spar­ingly in his first year with the Huskies. Sirisuth did not play at all, choosing to take a year off in in order to explore his research interest in health dis­par­i­ties. Both plan on playing next season, when the pro­gram fig­ures to reach a fever pitch.

I took the season off to apply what I learned from the lacrosse pro­gram in a very dif­ferent set­ting,” said Sirisuth, a third-​​year stu­dent majoring in health sci­ences who worked as a data col­lector at the Tufts School of Nutri­tion while he earned a 3.8 GPA this spring. “All of this would not have been pos­sible if it weren’t for the skills I learned while playing lacrosse for Northeastern.”