FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2019
The final four is set at the 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship and it will feature a team which was not among the top four seeds.
The United States will play the Iroquois Nationals in the first semifinal while the latter pits England against Canada.
Both games are set for Thursday (September 26) at Langley Events Centre for 5 and 8 p.m.
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In their second meeting in five days, No. 5 England topped No. 4 Israel 9-7.
Israel had won the previous meeting in round-robin play on Saturday, 8-7 in sudden-death overtime. And on Tuesday in the quarterfinals, the game again looked destined for overtime with the score knotted at seven with less than six minutes to play.
But Sam Clare scored the decisive goal with 5:51 remaining and Caleb Kueber iced it with an empty-net goal. Kueber finished with three goals while Lyndon Bunio had a pair of goals to go along with his two helpers. Sam Clare (two goals, one assist), Matt Marsh (one goal, two assists), Nate Clare (one goal, two assists) and Will Walker (three assists) each had three-point games.
In goal, Frank Scigliano made 49 saves on 56 shots as his team was badly outshot, 56-33.
Jean-Luc Chetner led Israel with three goals while Daniel Deckelbaum, Adam Fishman and Zachary Pall had a goal and an assist apiece.
In Tuesday’s other quarter-final, the United States used a six-goal first quarter to put the game out of reach, defeating the Czech Republic 17-3.
Connor Kelly led the American attack with four goals and eight points while Kieran McArdle (one goal, five assists) and Gale Thorpe (two goals, four assists) each had six points. Blaze Riorden added three goals and two helpers.
Pavel Dosly was the Czech Republic’s top scorer with a goal and two assists. Jiri Loskot chipped in with a pair of assists.
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Australia flexed their offensive weapons, ringing up 22 goals in the first half alone of a 29-5 win over Scotland. The trio of Matthew Taylor eight goals, eight assists), Tristan Rai (three goals, 11 assists) and Jesse Whinnen (eight goals, three assists) were unstoppable, combining for 19 goals and 41 points.
Cole Paciejewski scored twice and Thomas Moffatt and Tim Mottram had a goal and two assists apiece for Scotland.
Hing Yui Tsang scored four goals and set up one other and Westley See Hon Wong scored three times while finishing with a game-high six points as Hong Kong crushed Costa Rica 19-2.
Hong Kong also had five players with two more goals.
Bryan Steve Mora Salazar led Costa Rica with a goal and a helper.
Tied at five midway through the second quarter, Germany scored 10 of the next dozen goals, defeating Sweden 17-10.
David Beckmann and Gustav Weber led the Germans with three goals and five points apiece. Germany’s Craig Wende stopped 38 of 45 shots.
Sweden countered with four goals and five points courtesy of both Kevin Powers and Thomas Johnson.
Switzerland scored six times in each of the second and third quarters to down Mexico 15-6.
Hans Fluehmann had three goals and seven points while both Juan Pablo Schmid (two goals, three assists) and Lukas Heri (three goals, two assists) had five point games.
For Mexico, Juan Contreras had a goal and six points and Connor Simon (two goals, two assists) and Charlie Frattini III (two goals, one assist) scored two goals apiece.
No matter the goaltender, Ireland was rock solid between the pipes in a 13-4 win over Slovakia.
Jonathan McMillan stopped 17 and Devlin Shanahan had 19 saves, with each allowing a pair of goals.
Luke Coppinger led the offence with five goals and eight points and Brian Gillis had three goals and four assists. Both Conor Kelly (one goal, four assists) and Seamus Shanahan (two goals, three assists) had five-point games.
Tomas Jeck (one goal, one assist) and Peter Patzko (two assists) led Slovakia.
Serbia trailed 6-5 at the half but took the lead for good with five of the next six goals to defeat Austria 13-11.
Ilija Gajic set up seven goals while Alex Gajic scored five times and finished with six points. Spencer Kriss had three goals and three helpers. Austria had three players with five points, including four goals and one helper from Klaus Hauer, five assists from Gerhard Probst and two goals and three assists from Rintaro Fujita.