COQUITLAM, BC — The United States clinched first place and remain undefeated at 3-0 after a 17-3 win over the Iroquois Nationals that included a 16-0 run in the final 65 minutes of the game. Team Canada moved to 3-1 and clinched second place with a dominant 17-3 victory over Australia at the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championships on Day 5.
Meanwhile, Taiwan won its first official international tournament game with an 8-7 win after five sudden-victory overtime periods, seven overtime periods in total, in a morning thriller on Monday. Israel also clinched first place in the Red Division, defeating Germany 12-7 carried by strong pole play and great goalkeeping. China set up a battle for first place in the Green Division on Tuesday against Ireland, after defeating Scotland 12-5.
USA 17, IROQUOIS NATIONALS 3 – GAME SHEET
The United States faced adversity for the first time in the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse U19 Men’s World Championship, but responded for a 17-3 victory over the Iroquois Nationals behind a dominant faceoff performance. The victory clinches the No. 1 seed for the U.S. (3-0) and a bye into the semifinal round. The Iroquois fell to 1-2 entering tomorrow’s game against Australia that will determine the No. 3 seed in the Blue Division. Canada (3-1) has wrapped up the No. 2 seed.
Austin Staats scored the first two goals of the game for the Iroquois Nationals, and the U.S. was hit with a three-minute non-releasable penalty while trailing by the two goals. The Team USA defense killed off the penalty and Simon Mathias got the U.S. on the board midway through the first quarter. Staats got his third goal of the game with 5:42 left to give the Iroquois a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.
That would be the last goal of the night for the Iroquois as the U.S. scored the final 16 goals of the game, frequently playing make-it-take-it with a 21-of-23 performance on faceoffs. Austin Henningsen won 12-of-13 and Christian Feliziani won 8-of-9.
Mac O’Keefe scored less than two minutes into the second quarter and Jared Bernhardt tied it up soon after. Dox Aitken’s goal with 9:44 left in the first half gave the U.S. a 4-3 lead and they never let up. Alex Roesner and O’Keefe scored to give the U.S. a 6-3 halftime lead, and then the U.S. ripped off four goals in the first 5:22 of the second half to completely seize momentum against an Iroquois squad that lost a hard-fought battle against Canada the night before in a game that was delayed multiple times and ultimately played on three fields due to issues with the lights.
Roesner led the U.S. with five goals, O’Keefe had four goals, Mathias had three goals and two assists and Brad Smith had three assists. The U.S. goalies were rarely tested after the first quarter. Willie Klan started and played the first three quarters, making one save while allowing three goals. Philip Goss played the final quarter, but did not see any shots on goal.
The U.S. was whistled for three penalties for five minutes of penalty in the opening quarter, but the Iroquois failed to convert any of the chances.
The U.S. will have its first back-to-back games of the tournament when it plays England on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (Eastern) in its final pool play game.
As the No. 1 seed, the U.S. receives a bye through Wednesday’s quarterfinals, and will play the first semifinal game on Thursday at 7:30 pm (Eastern). All games in the FIL U19 World Championship are being streamed live at sportscanada.tv/2016worldlax/
US Lacrosse (republished with permission)
CANADA 17, AUSTRALIA 3 – GAME SHEET
Canada clinched second place in the Blue Division paced by a balanced offensive attack as they closed out the round-robin in dominant fashion defeating Australia 17-3.
Ryan Lanchbury (4G, 3A), Jeff Teat (3G, 2A), Ethan Walker (3G) and Riley Curtis (2G) led the Canadian offence, while Ben French and Dylan Follows also pitched in with one goal and two assists a piece. Singles came from Tanner Cook, Ryland Rees and Clarke Peterson. Australia got one goal each from Gordon Purdie Jr, Keegan Davies and Pius Bonjui.
TAIWAN 8, MEXICO 7 (7OT) – GAME SHEET
Shu-Cheng Lin scored in the seventh overtime period to lift Taiwan to its first win in FIL international tournament play, 8-7 over Mexico. Min-Hao Cheng and Hung-Wei Liang added two goals each for Taiwan, Bo-Yi Wu, Bing-Ruei Chiou and Yu-Hung Hu added singles. Alec Gastony, who played the first half in net, scored three goals for Mexico including the overtime forcing sixth goal and one in the first overtime, a non-sudden-victory period. Adolfo Castro del Castillo scored twice for Mexico and Tlaloc Orozco-Cohen and Federico Serrano Castro de la Torre each added one goal. Taiwan (1-3) are in fourth place in the Red Division, while Mexico (0-3) is locked in for fifth place in the division. Mexico plays Israel (3-0) on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Stadium.
CHINA 12, SCOTLAND 5 – GAME SHEET
China got six goals from Eric Wang, and four goals and two assists from Kurtis Shum of Vancouver to set up a game for first place in the Green Division on Tuesday. Martin Ma and Matthew McIlwrick added one goal each for China, while Scotland had two goals from Corrie Bruce and singles from Josh Richardson, Josh Gray and Colin Uyeki. China (2-0) will face Ireland (2-0) at 12:30 p.m. at Field 2 with first place in the Green Division on the line. Scotland (0-2) will face Korea (0-2) for third place in the Green Division at 9:30 a.m. at Field 2.
ISRAEL 12, GERMANY 7 – GAME SHEET
Israel clinched first place in the Red Division thanks to strong defence, excellent transition play from the long poles, and goaltending, along with a five-goal day from Nick Schulkin (5G, 1A) and three-goal effort from Alon Berkowitz. Singles came from Yotam Drori, Ilan Hascal, Zachary Ornstein and long pole Noah Knopf. Germany had two goals from Soren Spiegel, with singles coming from Per-Anders Olters, Lukas Kins, Franz Munzing, Florian Werner and Lukas Tophoven. The teams were tied at 2-2 after the opening quarter, before Israel scored five in the second quarter and never looked back. Germany (2-1) will face Hong Kong (2-1) on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Stadium for second place in the Red Division.
UP NEXT: Tuesday’s schedule includes six games:
Scotland vs Korea, 9:30 a.m. (Field 2)
Mexico vs Israel, 10 a.m. (Stadium)
China vs Ireland, 12:30 p.m. (Field 2)
Germany vs Hong Kong, 1 p.m. (Stadium)
USA vs England, 4 p.m. (Stadium)
Iroquois Nationals vs Australia, 7:30 p.m. (Stadium)
Original article on 2016WorldLax.com:
U.S., Canada clinch byes to semis, Taiwan wins in 7 OT thriller, Israel clinches Red Division, China beats Scots
Original article on USLacrosse.com:
U.S. Storms Past Iroquois to Clinch No. 1 Seed
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