Chris Sanderson was a lacrosse coach and member of the Canadian team defending their world championship.. Sanderson was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League from 2005 to 2007 season. Sanderson played for parts of five seasons as a goaltender.
Chris was a member of the Sanderson family of Orangeville, Ontario. He is the cousin of current NLL players Josh, Phil, and Nate, and was the nephew of both Wings GM Lindsay Sanderson and Calgary assistant coach Terry Sanderson.
Sanderson led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to two NCAA Final Fours. He has played in four world championships with the Canadian National Team, and has coached the U-19 Canadian team to a world championship. He also teaches at the Pennington School in Pennington, NJ, and owns a lacrosse company and club team known as True North Lacrosse Company.
He was originally diagnosed with a grade IV malignant brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme in December, 2008. The 2006 ILF gold medalist fought back, miraculously representing Canada at the 2010 FIL World Championships in England, helping the Canadians to a silver medal. Sanderson was named to the All-World Team at the goaltender position in the 2010 FIL WC.
Sanderson lost his battle with brain cancer on June 28, 2012 at the age of 38.