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Team USA clinches top World Lax seed with 18-5 win over Iroquois

07/16/2014, 11:30am EDT
By NLL.com

U.S. wins Blue Division at 5-0, Canada tops Australia in group play finale

Team USA won 18-5 over the Iroquois Nationals at 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. (Photo: Scott McCall/US Lacrosse)

The 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships finished group play on Tuesday with National Lacrosse League players in action for Team USA, Iroquois Nationals and Team Canada. The teams will now enter the knockout stage with all the nations going for gold in the tournament that takes place just once every four years.

The United States dominated early against the Iroquois Nationals, racing out to a 10-0 lead on its way to an 18-5 victory to earn the top seed in the Blue Division before a sold out crowd of 7,303 at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice.

Rob Pannell scored the first three goals of the game, four of the first five and finished with seven overall, the second-highest total in U.S. team history, to key the victory. Paul Rabil added three goals and three assists as the U.S. outshot the Iroquois Nationals 50-14. The U.S. also continued its faceoff dominance with Chris Eck winning 9-of-13 and Greg Gurenlian winning 8-of-11.

Miles Thompson led the Iroquois Nationals with three goals as the team finished 3-2 in the Blue Division with wins over England, Japan and Australia.

By winning the Blue Division, the United States earned a bye into the semifinal round of the championship. The semifinals will be played on Thursday, July 17 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the main 18,000-seat stadium at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

With a late start due to weather, Canada beat Australia 12-4 to wrap up the number two seed in a game that ended just after midnight local time.

Australia’s James Lawerson opened the scoring four minutes into the game, but the Aussies then went scoreless for the next 45 minutes as Canada pulled away. Canadian goalie Dillon Ward made 10 saves while going the distance for the victory. Adam Jones led the offense with three goals and Mark Matthews had two tallies as well. Anson Carter had two for Australia. Canada will have a bye into Thursday’s semifinals.

In the quarterfinals it will be Scotland against the Iroquois Nationals on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Israel against Australia at 7 p.m. Scotland and Israel played their way into the quarterfinal round with wins on Tuesday.

NLL players on Team Canada
Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton Rush)
Jesse Gamble (Toronto Rock)
Brodie Merrill (Philadelphia Wings)
Cam Flint (Minnesota Swarm)
Cameron Holding (Colorado Mammoth)
Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia Wings)
Adam Jones (Colorado Mammoth)
Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota Swarm)
Geoff Snider (Calgary Roughnecks)
Dillon Ward (Colorado Mammoth)
Mark Matthews (Edmonton Rush)
Jordan Hall (Philadelphia Wings)
Jason Noble (Minnesota Swarm)
Matt Vinc (Rochester Knighthawks)
Curtis Dickson (Calgary Roughnecks)
Zack Greer (Edmonton Rush)

NLL players on Iroquois Nationals
Cody Jamieson (Rochester Knighthawks)
Sid Smith (Rochester Knighthawks)
Brett Bucktooth (Vancouver Stealth)
Jeremy Thompson (Edmonton Rush)
Jeff Shattler (Calgary Roughnecks)
Craig Point (Rochester Knighthawks)

NLL players on Team USA
Mitch Belisle (Minnesota Swarm)
Garrett Thul (Philadelphia Wings)

Recaps courtesy of worldlacrosse2014.com

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