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Team USA Dominates Iroquois Nationals 18-5 At World Championships; Earn #1 Seed In Semifinals


Team USA head coach Richie Meade gathered his group after its 18-5 dismantling of the Iroquois Nationals and said, "That's the way we want to play." Start with the faceoffs, and work your way around the field: the U.S. defense squashed the Thompson-led offense, goalie Jesse Schwartzman made timely stops, two-way midfielders controlled possession and the offense lit it up, with Rob Pannell and Paul Rabil combining for 10 goals and four assists.

Team USA head coach Richie Meade gathered his group after its 18-5 dismantling of the Iroquois Nationals and said, “That’s the way we want to play.”
Start with the faceoffs, and work your way around the field: the U.S. defense squashed the Thompson-led offense, goalie Jesse Schwartzman made timely stops, two-way midfielders controlled possession and the offense lit it up, with Rob Pannell and Paul Rabil combining for 10 goals and four assists.

And yet still, when the post-game huddle broke, U.S. assistant coach Dave Pietramala made sure to remind everyone, “We can be better.” Really?

Pietramala’s defense was well-prepared and executed. Close defenseman Tucker Durkin marked Lyle Thompson, as he did when the pair matched up against each other in college, and limited him to two assists. Michael Evans held Miles Thompson in check (three goals) and Lee Zink blanked crease attackman Cody Jamieson and rising Syracuse senior Randy Staats when he moved down to attack from midfield where he started the game. Staats also drew the pole of Kyle Hartzell when he played midfield.

Durkin used a tough punch check to harass Thompson throughout the tilt, and got plenty of support from roamers looking to close in if the ball appeared in a stick longer than a couple seconds. The Iroquois ended up taking fewer shots (14) than the U.S. scored goals. Pannell outscored the Nationals by two goals on his own.

“We knew a lot of their dodgers are very good at keeping the ball in their stick,” Durkin said. “We wanted to make sure when we doubled, we came in hard and we made sure to try to get the ball on the ground. The biggest thing for us was protecting inside, they are so good at hitting cutters backside, inside, through the defense. We wanted to protect the interior of the defense. We thought that was crucial.”

The U.S. didn’t watch any tape of past Johns Hopkins-Albany games in its “bunker,” its converted common-room space in the dorms at Denver University, where the group meets before doing generally anything, including breaking down film. But they did watch the last couple Iroquois games here, with Lyle Thompson shifted to attack.

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse 14-11 Win Over Iroquois Nationals


Syracuse Men's LacrosseIn a fall ball matchup pitting the Syracuse Orange lacrosse team against the Iroquois Nationals, the Orange defeated to Iroquois 14-11. Check out these exclusive fall ball highlights, featuring some of the top players in college lacrosse and the international stage, with Lax.com!

International Lacrosse: Israel National Lacrosse Faces Iroquois Nationals On Sept 28 At Cortland State; Syracuse All-Stars, Cornell Men’s To Play On Live Broadcast By Access Lacrosse/LiveStream


Iroquois Nationals vs Israel Lacrosse

Cortland State University will host the first-ever meeting between the Iroquois Nationals and Israel, in a men’s lacrosse showdown as the two teams prepare for the FIL 2014 World Lacrosse Championships.
Schedule (*subject to change)
Saturday
8pm – Israel vs. Iroquois Nationals (80 min; FIL rules)
Sunday
11am – Israel vs. Cornell University (30 min; NCAA rules)
12pm – Iroquois Nationals vs. Cornell University (60 min; NCAA rules)
2pm – Israel vs. Syracuse All-Stars (60 min; NCAA rules)
All of the games will be broadcast live on Access Lacrosse at: http://www.livestream.com/accesslacrosse

Iroquois Nationals Defeat Team USA 12-10 To Win Third Annual Bowhunter Cup On Oct 13


The Iroquois Nationals held onto the lead late in the fourth quarter to defeat Team USA 12-10 in the Third Annual Bowhunter Cup at The Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY.

The Nationals, who never relinquished the lead after taking a 2-1 advantage in the first, survived a flurry of shots from the Americans to maintain an 11-10 lead in the final minutes. Goaltender Mikey Thompson also had to deny Joe Resetarits on a penalty shot after a too many men call. Thompson, who retired from the NLL after the 2012 season, was playing possibly for the last time in an NLL arena.

“That was a big reason why I wanted to play in this game. I don’t know when my next opportunity to play in a facility like this is. I wanted to take full advantage of it,” said Thompson, who was playing in his first Bowhunter Cup.

With a hat trick and an assist for the Nationals, Cody Jamieson was crowned the Player of the Game.

“It feels great. There’s a lot of pride that goes into this game. They call it a ‘friendly,’ but as you can see it got heated. It just goes to prove everybody is out there to win. When you put on your country, your heritage, your jersey, it means something. It feels good to keep that trophy where it belongs,” said Jamieson.

Grant Catalino and Resetarits led the game with five points apiece. Catalino, a native of nearby Webster, NY, netted a game-high four goals, matching his total from last year’s Bowhunter Cup. Resetarits, who was recently drafted by the Calgary Roughnecks in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, added two goals and three assists.

For more:  http://www.knighthawks.com/node/1921

Team USA Men’s U19 Lacrosse To Face Iroquois In Semifinals Of FIL U19 World Lacrosse Championships In Turku, Finland On July 19


The U.S. (3-2) advances to play the second-seeded Iroquois (3-1) in the semifinal round at 8 p.m. (1 p.m. EST) on Thursday in Finland. The Iroquois beat the U.S. 15-13 on Tuesday in both teams’ final pool play game. It was the first time an Iroquois Nationals team defeated the U.S. in international field competition.

In what was the U.S. under-19 men’s national team’s final tune-up before the challenge that lies ahead for a gold medal – a rematch Thursday against the Iroquois in the semifinals and a potential rematch with Canada in the title game – Team USA breezed past Germany 22-2 on Wednesday in a quarterfinal game at the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships.

Matt Kavanagh tallied four goals and two assists while Connor Buczek also had four goals and Kyle Keenan had two goals and three assists. U.S. goalie Kyle Turri started the game in net, making one save. Zach Oliveri played the second half as the U.S. defense was not largely tested.

“After yesterday, with a heartbreak like that in a game where we really thought if we did a few things better we could have won, coming out here today was good,” U.S. midfielder Mike Tagliaferri said. “Just to clear you mind a little bit, clear the air, fresh start. We got three more games. We knocked one down, so two to go.”

On Tuesday night, several hours after that loss – the first ever for a U.S. team to the Iroquois in international field competition – the U.S. team held a players’ only meeting for about two hours, discussing what happened and plans for rebounding in the medal rounds.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/teamusa/u19men/2011-12/news/071812_us_under_19_mens_national_team_beats_germany_sets_up_iroquois_rematch

Lacrosse Films: “Iroquois Lacrosse” Documents The Political Impasse On Visas Faced By The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team During The Summer Of 2010 (Video)


This piece, “Iroquois Lacrosse” took 2nd place in the news category for Panasonic’s ‘Shoot It. Share It.’ contest. Here is a note from the filmmaker:

“This summer, the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships were missing one team that made all the difference. The founders of the sport were held out of the competition due to politics. This story produced for US Lacrosse shared a small piece of the good that came out of a bad situation. Shot on a Panasonic-HMC150, the high quality HD footage made for great visuals in covering a fast-paced sport. Traveling light was a major key to success on this project. The best part was being able to use SD cards to capture 2-hour long games plus interviews without having to swap out. Using this effective camera and capture cards enabled quick turn-around for producing news stories each day on this 10-day international assignment.”

Western Club Lacrosse: A Summary Of The Iroquois Nationals Experience At The 2010 Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational (Video)


Hawaiʻi recently hosted the Hawaiʻi Lacrosse Invitational along with the team that represents the heritage of this sport, the Iroquois Nationals.