The No. 3 Haudenosaunee showcased their top-end talent in a convincing 10-5 win over No. 6 Japan in the quarterfinals at the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship.
The Haudenosaunee have finished in the top four in their last five appearances at the men’s championship, and will look to win in the semifinals for the first time on thursday. The team will face Canada in the semifinals at 5 p.m. PT at Snapdragon Stadium.
The Haudenosaunee opened the game on a 4-0 run and never looked back. Austin Staats scored three goals in a row in the first quarter on the way to a six-goal day.
Through six games, Staats’ 30 points and 23 goals both rank first in the championship.
Goalkeeper Warren Hill was outstanding in net for the Haudenosaunee, denying Japan on many early chances. He finished with 10 saves on 15 shots on goal.
Sota Hakozaki tallied two goals and two assists for Japan, who will face England in the fifth-place game on Friday.