The United States and Canada advanced out of their semifinals on day four of men’s lacrosse sixes competition at The World Games 2022 and will meet in the gold medal match tomorrow (July 12).
The gold medal match is set for 8:30 p.m. CT, and will be a battle of the undefeated teams with both Canada and the U.S. holding 4-0 records. The two teams also boast the two best goal differentials among the eight teams in Birmingham.
Japan will meet Great Britain in the bronze medal match, set for 7 p.m. CT.
The medal games will be broadcast on delay on The World Games 24/7 Channel (coverage starting at 9 p.m. CT), and both matches will also be available live on the Olympic Channel in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world, with some exceptions.
The United States held off a stiff test from Japan to win its semifinal, 17-12. Both teams traded blows in an 8-7 first quarter, and Japan stayed within contact throughout the game, closing the gap to two with 7 minutes to play. Ultimately, the balanced USA attack prevailed with four players notching three or more points: Justin Guterding, Colin Heacock, Ryan Conrad and Tom Schreiber. Jack Kelly contributed 10 saves.
Canada advanced to the final with a 22-11 statement win over Great Britain after breaking the game open with a 9-4 second quarter. Dhane Smith erupted for a personal-best six goals and Josh Byrne continued his prolific offensive output with two goals and three assists. Clarke Petterson, Bryan Cole and Zach Currier all added four-point efforts as Canada eclipsed the 20-goal mark for its fourth-straight game.
Germany opened day four with a 16-11 win over Israel to claim seventh place. David Beckmann and Wynton Bastian both recorded hat tricks in Germany’s first win of the tournament. Justin Wismer and Adam Eakins also recorded three-point outings with two goals and an assist each, while Isaac Bock scored three goals for Israel.
The Haudenosaunee closed their stint in Birmingham with a 19-12 win over Australia to finish in fifth place, keyed by a 7-2 first quarter. Kyle Jackson scored six goals, the most of any Haudenosaunee player in a game so far, to lead the offense. Jakob Patterson scored three goals while Tehoka Nanticoke and Jake Fox both recorded two goals and an assist. Australia was led by a pair of hat tricks from Campbell Mackinnon and Lachlan Walker.
The women’s competition begins tomorrow with all eight teams set for preliminary rounds.
July 11 Results
Germany 16, Israel 11
Australia 12, Haudenosaunee 19
United States 17, Japan 12
Canada 22, Great Britain 11
July 12 Schedule
Women’s Preliminary Play
10:30 a.m. // Czech Republic vs. Japan
12 p.m. // Haudenosaunee vs. Israel
2 p.m. // Canada vs. Great Britain
3:30 p.m. // United States vs. Australia
Men’s Medal Round
7 p.m. // Bronze Medal Game: Great Britain vs. Japan
8:30 p.m. // Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. United States
A full schedule, standings and live statistics are available at TWG2022.com/results.