NETANYA, ISRAEL – The lacrosse community is abuzz about the USA vs. Canada pool play game at the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championship. It is only every four years that the two powerhouses collide for bragging rights. The last time, Canada held off the United States for the 2014 World Championship gold medal. Saturday night, the United States edged Canada with the go-ahead goal, 11-10, with only 70 seconds remaining, credited to veteran Paul Rabil of the United States.

“That was incredible. I have never been involved in a game like that ever,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach John Danowski. “I hope people were watching that back home and I hope people enjoyed it because that is as good as it gets. You got to tip your cap, it’s a one goal game and it could have gone either way.”

Greg Gurenlian of the United States won the face-off and took a shot on goal that went wide. Canada called for a stick check, and Gurenlian was charged with a three-minute major violation, giving Canada a man advantage. The United States weathered the charge from the neighbors to the north and the upper hand in the FIL Blue Division with a perfect record, 3-0. Canada falls to a 2-1 record in pool play. The Blue Division has two more games for each team.

The United States’ Rob Pannell and Jordan Wolf started with a set of goals for an early 2-0 lead, which the United States kept until 8:45 was left in the game. Canada took its first lead with 5:10 remaining, 10-9, off of Ben McIntosh’s second goal of the night.

The crowd was on the edge of their seats with anticipation with Canada and the United States evenly split down the middle. Matthew Danowski of the United States tied the game at 10-10 with 3:04 remaining. Then Rabil powered in the winning goal.

“I think what made this game exciting is that both of us have been here the last six or seven World Championships and this round robin game, and tonight it was played with discipline but also played with pace, and a lot of momentum swings,” said Rabil. “Frankly one thing we have been harping on a lot is the poise on the sideline, so when they made their run and took the lead, the guys were pretty calm. We had to catch them off guard with a dodge here or there and we got lucky.”

The shots on goal were almost even, with the United States leading, 33-28. Team USA was led by Ryan Brown’s hat trick, and a pair of goals from Matthew Danowski and Rob Pannell. Canada’s top scorers of the night were Jeffrey Teat (3), Curtis Dickson (2) and McIntosh (2).

Other key games from Sunday were:

 

Iroquois Nationals def. Australia, 16-9

A rematch of the 2014 bronze-medal game, and the outcome was the same with the Iroquois Nationals outlasting Australia, 16-9. The first half finished in a 7-7 tie. Several streaks were witnessed in the first half with Nigel Morton starting a three-goal streak for an early Australia 3-0 lead. The Iroquois Nationals’ Ty Thompson highlighted a four-goal run to have a 4-3 advantage. The game volleyed back and forth in the second quarter.

The second half belonged to the Iroquois Nationals who went on a 9-2 run, with six goals being split between Lyle and Ty Thompson evenly. The Thompsons are cousins.

The leading scorers for the Iroquois Nationals were Ty Thompson with five goals, Randy Staats with four goals, and Lyle Thompson with three goals. Australia was paced by Morton’s three goals and Mitchell Kennedy’s two.

England def. Scotland, 11-8

In the other rivalry game of the evening, England took control and earned the lead on a goal from Jak-Laurent Wawryzniak, 2-1, and never relinquished to Scotland and won, 11-8. England had bursts of four goals, three goals, and a duo of two-goal runs, as where Scotland was held to four two-goal runs throughout the 80 minutes. England used the shooting power of eight players. Nicholas Watson, who scored three times, and Joshua Sherry-Brennan, who scored twice, were the only multiple goal performers. Scotland has two-goal performances from Sean Darroch and Luke Laszkiewicz.

Italy def. Sweden, 13-11

Italy came back from a five-goal deficit against Sweden to win 13-11 in a nail biter of a game. It was not until the 17 mark of the first quarter when Christian Cuccinello put Italy on the board with his first of four goals. In the last six minutes of the game, Edward Castronova tied the game up with his goal, 11-11. Mitchell Zulian scored his second and final goal of the night for the go-ahead goal with five minutes remaining. Castronova sank the ball deep for the final point of the night to finish with five goals. Sweden’s Kevin Powers was responsible for seven goals.

Puerto Rico def. New Zealand, 13-1

The sticks and defense were hot for Puerto Rick as they continued its dominance in defeating New Zealand, 13-1. Over three games, Puerto Rico has outscored its opponents, 47-8. In the first half, Puerto Rico opened up with an 8-0 lead, and cruised in the second half, only allowing a goal from New Zealand’s James Devine.

Eight Puerto Ricans scored with Kevin Lewis and Cory Millhouse notching three goals each, with Kevin McNally putting two balls in the cage.

The 2018 FIL Men’s World Championship preliminary competition is set from July 11-16, with pool finals and crossover competition starting on July 15. After 169 games of competition, the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championship gold medalist will be crowned on July 21 at Netanya Stadium. Tickets for the World Championship may be purchased at www.worldlacrosse2018.com/tickets.

The majority of the World Championship will be held at Wingate National Sport Institution’s six competition fields. With the limited capacity, the venue will provide an electric atmosphere for the World Championship, with sell-out crowds anticipated.

ESPN and ESPN+ will broadcast the games in the United States from start to finish with 10 days of play on ESPN2 and ESPNU for 14 games, and more than 160 games available on the ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service. The FIL Men’s World Championship will also be available in Canada on TSN and locally in Israel on Sport 5. Fans will be able to watch the games in more than 50 countries. The FIL Men’s World Championship Broadcast schedule and link is here.

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The FIL Men’s World Championship started in 1967 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the United States defeated Australia for its first of nine World Championship gold medals. In 1974, the second World Championship was held in Melbourne, Australia, with the United States claiming the title. Since then, the event has been held every four years.

2018 FIL Men’s World Championship

Netanya, Israel, July 11-21

Wingate National Sport Institute and Netanya Stadium

Results:

Sunday, July 15

Finland def. Norway, 11-9

Russia def. Luxembourg, 24-1

Turkey def. China, 13-12

Germany def. Hong Kong, 12-4

Puerto Rico def. New Zealand, 13-1

Korea def. Mexico, 9-6

Philippines def. Switzerland, 11-5

Jamaica def. Peru, 17-4

Italy def. Sweden, 13-11

Ireland def. Latvia, 12-7

Wales def. Uganda, 17-1

England def. Scotland, 11-8

Belgium def. Colombia, 7-6

Slovakia def. Denmark, 8-5

Argentina def. Czech Republic, 12-8

Hungary def. Bermuda, 7-6

USA def. Canada, 11-10

Iroquois Nationals def. Australia, 16-9

Austria def. Spain, 12-10

Croatia def. Chinese Taipei, 7-6

Saturday, July 14

Hong Kong def. Uganda, 16-1

Japan def. Netherlands, 18-3

Finland def. Colombia, 20-4

Latvia def. Greece, 10-9, OT

Poland def. Luxembourg, 15-6

New Zealand def. Croatia, 16-2

USA def. Australia, 19-1

Germany def. France, 15-4

Sweden def. Hungary, 16-6

Ireland def. Denmark, 14-3

Philippines def. Belgium, 11-4

Switzerland def. Chinese TaiPei, 17-1

Canada def. Scotland, 22-3

Puerto Rico def. Bermuda, 17-3

Italy def. Peru, 13-7

Iroquois Nationals def. England, 18-7

Israel def. Russia, 19-2

Friday, July 13

Greece def. Mexico, 13-8

Austria def. Colombia, 13-7

Uganda def. Luxembourg, 7-6

Spain def. Croatia, 12-9

Japan def. Norway, 24-3

Hong Kong def. Poland, 9-7

Jamaica def. Russia, 17-7

Denmark def. China, 14-4

Australia def. Scotland, 18-6

France def. Korea, 10-6

Argentina def. Hungary, 14-6

Puerto Rico def. Wales, 16-4

Canada def. England, 12-6

Slovakia def. Chinese Taipei, 13-1

Peru def. Turkey, 18-11

Philippines def. Czech Republic, 11-6

Thursday, July 12

Germany def. Korea, 19-5

Poland def. Uganda, 16-4

Switzerland def. Slovakia, 10-6

Norway def. Netherlands, 14-6

New Zealand def. Spain, 9-5

Ireland def. China, 18-3

Latvia def. Mexico, 13-10

Italy def. Turkey, 16-8

Sweden def. Argentina, 13-5

Wales def. Bermuda, 8-4

Finland def. Austria, 11-7

Czech Republic def. Belgium, 15-8

Israel def. Jamaica, 11-3

USA def. Iroquois Nationals, 17-9

Wednesday, July 11

Hong Kong def. Luxembourg, 20-1

 

FIL Men’s World Championship History

Year – Teams (gold def. silver), Score, Location

2014 – Canada def. USA, 8-5, Denver, Colorado, USA

2010 – USA def. Canada, 12-10, Manchester, England

2006 – Canada def. USA, 15-10, London, Ontario, Canada

2002 – USA def. Canada, 18-15, Perth, Australia

1998 – USA def. Canada, 15-14 (OT), Baltimore, Maryland, USA

1994 – USA def. Australia, 21-7, Manchester, England

1990 – USA def. Canada, 19-15, Perth, Australia

1986 – USA def. Canada, 18-9, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1982 – USA def. Australia, 22-14, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

1978 – Canada def. USA, 17-16 (OT), Stockport, England

1974 – USA, Three-way tie for 2nd, Melbourne, Australia

1967 – USA def. Australia, 25-11, Toronto, Ontario, Canada