World Men’s Lacrosse Championship: 2002 World Lacrosse Championship In Perth, Australia, Featured Team USA Defeating Canada 18-15 To Win 8th Title

THE USA won its 8th World Lacrosse Championship after surviving a second quarter comeback from Canada, in the end prevailing 18-15. In a hard-fought match the US, unfancied before the tournament, outplayed Canada. Canada's defence was found wanting in the opening quarter allowing the US take an early three-nil lead. Star midfielder Doug Shanahan continued his outstanding World Championship form as he dominated face-offs giving the US the first use of the ball. With the US gaining early momentum, Canada called a time-out to regroup. The move proved successful with John Grant Jr and Tracey Kelusky finding the back of the net twice to get Canada back into the game. In contrast to their previous encounter fouls were rare with the first not being recorded until the 18th minute of the first quarter. A resurgent Canada took to the field after the first break full of fire capitalising on two American time penalties to score twice. A clever sideline save by John Grant Jr enabled Canada to score again bringing them within a goal. Matthew Shearer then scored to tie the game at six-all. Canada hit the lead for the first time with a spectacular over the shoulder shot by veteran Paul Gait. After a US time-out, Doug Shanahan scored his team's only goal for the quarter. From then on bad passing and a Canadian lapse in concentration let the US back in the game, allowing them to go into the final quarter with a three-goal buffer. A frustrated Canadian side again drew level by scoring the first three goals of the final period. Both sides questioned the legality of their opponent's sticks in the last minutes of the game delaying the final whistle. After coming within a goal of the US, a stick check was called against John Tavores disallowing his goal. Team USA coped with the interruptions better than their opponents scoring the next two goals to clinch its sixth successive championship. Victorious American coach Jack Emmer said he was particularly pleased with the win because not many people gave the young Americans a chance at the beginning of the tournament. Shanahan said comments about America's lack of experience were fuel to their fire. "We bulldozed through our opponents because we did not come down here just to play," he said. "We came to win." Canadian coach Frank Nielsen said America simply outplayed them on the day. "They were better at the field game than us," he said.

  1.  United States
  2.  Canada
  3.  Australia
  4. Iroquois
  5.  Japan
  6.  England
  7.  Scotland
  8.  Germany
  9.  Sweden
  10.  Czech Republic
  11.  South Korea
  12.  Wales
  13.  Ireland
  14.  Hong Kong
  15.  New Zealand

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