Wales withstood a furious comeback from Denmark at Wolf/Epoch Field on day two at the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship, winning 7-6 in overtime.
The game-winning goal came on a rocket from Andrew Gresham, assisted by Robert Hopkins.
“We drew up a play, had Bob [Hopkins] make a good dodge, drew two, and then I had an open spot,” said Gresham. “I had the easy job of putting it in the back of the net.”
“It was fantastic to win and get the first win under our belt,” continued Gresham. “It was an awesome moment and I’m happy I got to celebrate with the guys.”
Denmark showed its progress after the two teams met in the European Lacrosse Qualifier in the spring of 2022, a 14-4 win for Wales.
“It was a different team that definitely raised its talent level,” said Gresham. “With that, we had to raise ours as well. It was a good, hard-fought battle so credit to Denmark, but I’m really happy we put in an absolute shift to get the win.”
Wales moves one step closer to the playoff round after the win with games remaining against Japan, France and Uganda.
“We have a lot we can work on and do better,” said Gresham. “It’s a great group here, so I’m excited for our next game. We’ll make sure we focus and do the little things right.”