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Canada Beats Iroquois to Win Gold, USA Takes the Bronze


Canada’s reign continues at the World Lacrosse Indoor Men’s World Championship.

Canada would trail briefly in the first quarter, and both times by just a single goal, before pulling way from the Iroquois Nationals to win 19-12 on Saturday night at Langley Events Centre in the gold medal game at the 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship.

Dane Dobbie had a team-high 10 points, including three goals, while Curtis Dickson scored five times and set up two others. Robert Church also had a big game with four goals and an assist in the victory.

Zed Williams led the Iroquois with five goals and six points. Tehoka Nanticoke scored three times and Randy Staats and Cody Jamieson each had a goal and an assist in the losing cause.

Jamieson was named the most valuable player while Staats and Mark Matthews (Canada) were the forwards named to the All-World Team. Joining them on the team were the United States’ Joel White (transition) and Canadians Graeme Hossack and Kyle Rubisch on defence and goaltender Mike Poulin.

The President’s team consisted of forwards Robert Raittila (Finland) and Matthew Taylor (Australia), transition player Adrian Balasch (Austria), David Beckmann (Germany) and Markus Mattila (Finland) on defence and Germany’s Craig Wende (goaltender).

Championship Bracket

For a fifth straight time at the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship, the United States captured the bronze medal.

The US built a 10-1 lead at the half and while England would cut into the deficit, they could never fully recover, with the Americans winning 11-8.

Joseph Resetarits led the US with a goal and five assists while Kieran McArdle had a goal and three assists. Connor Kelly, Anthony Kelly and Cody Radziewicz each scored a pair of goals.

Matt Marsh led England with four goals.

Israel dominated in the second and fourth quarters to defeat Finland 14-9 to claim fifth place in the Championship Bracket. Finland, which entered the Championship seeded ninth, exits in sixth place.

Jean-Luc Chetner had a goal and eight points and Kyle Bergman scored three times and set up four others. Daniel Deckelbaum (three goal, two assists) and Isaac Bock (four goals and one assist) both had five-point games.

Brett Kujala (one goal, four assists) and Anssi Kaisalmi (two goals, two assists) had four points apiece for the Finns.

The Czech Republic exited with their same pre-Championship ranking after defeating the Netherlands 12-8 in the seventh/eighth place game. And while the Netherlands may have lost all three games in the Championship Bracket, they did make a significant move up the rankings, going from 17th to eighth.

Trailing by six goals in the third quarter, the Netherlands did cut the lead down to a pair of goals before ultimately losing by four.

Jiri Loskot led the Czechs with a goal and six points while Jakub Lukas (two goals, three assists) and Petr Poupe (five assists) had five-point games apiece. Jiri Kostal finished with a goal and three helpers while Pavel Dosly had three goals and one assist.

Ross Parsons, Joshua Toguri and Hidde Wesseler each had two goals in defeat.

Photo Credit Vancouver Sports Pictures

Placement Bracket

Ten goals in the first half were more than enough as Australia defeated Germany in the ninth/tenth place game.

Matthew Taylor (four goals, three assists) and Tristan Rai (three goals, four assists) had matching seven-point games and Jesse Whinnen and Tim Ratje both set up four goals. Whinnen also scored twice.

Gustav Weber scored once and finished with three points for Germany.

Ireland raced out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back, defeating Serbia 14-9 to determine 11th and 12th place.

Brian Gillis led the Irish attack with a pair of goals and eight points while Luke Coppinger (three goal, three assists) and Conor Kelly (three goals, one assist) both had hat tricks.

Ilija Gajic led Serbia with four goals and five points.

Nine points, including four goals, from Noah Hoselton helped Slovakia hold off Austria 16-13 in the game to determine 13th and 14th place.

Samuel Postma (two goals, four assists), Nick Kapusty (one goal, five assists), Denis Englis (four goals, one assist) and Tomas Jeck (three goals, two assists) also had big games for the Slovakian team.

Klaus Hauer had six goals and nine points to lead Austria.

Six of the teams concluded their play at the Championship on Friday.

Sweden defeated Scotland 18-9 for 15th place, Switzerland edged Hong Kong 16-14 to finish 17th and Mexico defeated Costa Rica 14-11 in the 19th/20th place game.

Following each team’s final game, one player or staff member was selected as a recipient for their team’s Spirit of Lacrosse Award.

The winners were: Bob Carter (Australia), Rintaro Fujita (Austria), Sean Ferris (Canada), Walter and Flavia Rojas (Costa Rica), Roman Pokorny (Czech Republic), Andy Downing (England), Pentti Pekkonen (Finland), Scott S. Stapleford (Germany), So Ka Ho Godwin (Hong Kong), Jeff Dowling (Ireland), Gewas Schindler (Iroquois Nationals), Andrew Alderman (Israel), Alejandor Trias (Mexico), Arttu Sesselaar (Netherlands), Dylan Cowman (Scotland), Uros Matijasevic (Serbia), Tomas Rydlo (Slovakia), Curt Kinney (Sweden), Marion van Jackowski (Switzerland), Jim Starkey (United States) and Brent McCauley (Officials).

Photo Credit Vancouver Sports Pictures

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