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Lacrosse Magazine September 2014 Issue Released Featuring Team Uganda And Full Coverage And Reporting At The FIL World Championships
Team Canada Men Defeat USA 8-5 To Win 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship; Earns Third Title With Ball Control And Dominant Defensive Effort
It wasn’t pretty, and the announced 11,861 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park booed Canada in the second half as the team milked a lead that swelled to 8-2 early in the fourth quarter. But it worked. Canada earned just its third world championship Saturday with a shocking 8-5 win.
Despite an attack-driven offense led throughout the tournament by leading scorers Curtis Dickson, Mark Matthews and Adam Jones, it was Canada’s midfield that stepped up in the final. Canada midfielder Kevin Crowley, a Chesapeake Bayhawk who came into the game with three goals in six games, scored five times, and midfielder Jordan Hall, who had just one assist in the tournament, finished with two assists.
Veteran faceoff specialist Geoff Snider, the hero of Canada’s surprise 2006 gold medal in London, Ontario, helped the Canadians to a 35-22 ground-ball advantage and limited Team USA’s duo of Greg Gurenlian and Chris Eck, who went 7-for-14 on the night.
The U.S. offense went cold against Canada. It managed just 30 shots — nearly 20 below its tournament average — against goalkeeper Dillon Ward (10 ), who played well en route to Most Valuable Player honors. A late three-goal run by Team USA cut Canada’s lead to 8-5 with 6:24 remaining in the fourth quarter, firing up the crowd and generating some loud “U-S-A” chants, but it couldn’t get them all the way back. A goal by Canada’s Wesley Berg with 5:01 left was called off, but the United States couldn’t sustain its momentum and did not score again.
Kevin Leveille led the United States with a hat trick, while dangerous midfielders Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) and Dave Lawson, who had combined for 42 points entering the final, failed to register a goal or an assist. Rob Pannell had a goal and three assists for the Americans.
The game started slowly, with Canada taking a 2-0 lead after the first quarter on two goals by Crawley. Neither team made much progress in the second quarter, either, and the Canadians took a 3-1 lead into halftime. But just as Team Canada showed against the Iroquois Nation in its 12-6 semifinal win Thursday night, it was an overwhelming third quarter that proved most crucial.
This was the fifth straight time the United States and Canada have played in the gold-medal game, with the Americans winning the last world championship, in 2010, behind MVP Rabil.
Midfielder Paul Rabil – the Best and Fairest Player (MVP) of the 2010 world championship in Manchester, England – sparked the rally, assisting on two of the first three scores and scoring unassisted on the fourth goal to give Team USA its first lead of the day. He added another late as the U.S. held off the pesky Canadians, who scored three of the final four goals to keep the pressure on as time wound down.
Jesse Schwartzman and Team USA’s defense kept a very good Canada offense in check. The Canadians were held scoreless over a 30-minute stretch during the U.S. run. Schwartzman made seven saves to earn the win, while Team USA allowed Canada just 20 shots on the night, compared to 40 that its offense generated.
Team Canada goalie Dillon Ward was outstanding in the losing effort, totaling 18 saves to help his team keep it close despite the U.S. run. Canada’s offense just ran dormant for that long period and never could get closer than within three of the U.S. Zack Greer scored twice for Canada, while Mark Matthews had a goal and an assist.
Rob Pannell and Kevin Buchanan, with two goals and an assist apiece, both also had solid games in their world championship debuts for Team USA. In total, seven players scored goals for coach Richie Meade’s squad. Six of the 10 goals were assisted.
Both teams have an off day as the rest of the tournament kicks off with games all dayFriday. Team USA looks to stay perfect in Blue Division play with Australia – third place in 2010 – on Saturday at 5 p.m. Canada takes on England at 8 p.m. immediately following that contest.
2014 FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championships Broadcast Schedule On ESPN Released Featuring Team USA Vs Canada On July 10
NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Scrimmages Team Canada’s World Cup Squads, Falling 14-10 To Team Red And 22-6 To Team White
The scrimmage served as an evaluation for the 51-man Team Canada roster as it prepares for the 2014 FIL World Championships in Denver.
“It was a great experience overall,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “The first game was a very good demonstration of how good we can be. The second game helped us find out how far we have to go to be a great team. We thank the Canadians for this wonderful opportunity.
Denver began the day with a scrimmage against the Team Canada White squad, jumping out to an early 4-2 lead in the first quarter off goals from two goals from senior Bailey Dodds (Eden Prairie, Minn.), and one each from freshman Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.) and senior Tyler Simmons (Belvedere, Calif.)
Freshman Dallas Bridle (Orangeville, Ontario) scored to start the second quarter to put the Pioneers up 5-2 and after a score from the Reds, sophomore Colin Woolford (Norwalk, Conn.) made it 6-3 with his first of the day.
The Reds added two more goals prior to halftime to cut into the Pioneers’ lead, 6-5. Freshman Tyler Pace (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) made it 7-5 to start the third quarter, but the Reds answered with two goals to tie the game at 7-7.
The Reds added another and on the ensuing face-off, sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) tied it all at 8-8, scoring a transition goal. Bobzien added another with a minute left in the third quarter to lift the Pioneers to 9-8.
Following four straight goals by the Reds, Simmons snapped the scoring rally with his second of the game to bring the Pioneers to within two. The Reds continued to put the pressure on, scoring two more goals, while the Pioneers were only able to net one, falling 14-11.
In the second game of the day, the Pioneers took on the Whites, falling behind 4-0 early in the first quarter. Junior Connor Pagnani (Nashville, Tenn.) scored from outside to put Denver on the scoreboard at 4-1.
Pace made it 4-2 with his first of the scrimmage, second of the day; however, the Whites scored twice more to end the first quarter 6-2.
Junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) scored for the Pioneers early in the second quarter to cut the deficit to three, but the Whites once again extended their lead with two more goals to make it 8-3. Sophomore Jack Pruitt (Sammamish, Wash.) ended the scoring onslaught with his first goal of the day to pull within four.
The Whites then strung seven straight goals together to take a 15-4 lead before Cannizzaro snapped the streak with his second of the day to make it 15-5. After a goal by the Whites, freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) scored his first of the day late in the third quarter to make it 16-6.
Legends Of Lacrosse: “The Chris Sanderson Project” Celebrates The Courageous And Inspirational Life Of The Former Virginia Men’s Lacrosse And Team Canada Goalie Who Lost His Battle With Brain Cancer In 2012 (Video)
Chris Sanderson was a lacrosse coach and member of the Canadian team defending their world championship.. Sanderson was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League from 2005 to 2007 season. Sanderson played for parts of five seasons as a goaltender.
Chris was a member of the Sanderson family of Orangeville, Ontario. He is the cousin of current NLL players Josh, Phil, and Nate, and was the nephew of both Wings GM Lindsay Sanderson and Calgary assistant coach Terry Sanderson.
Sanderson led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to two NCAA Final Fours. He has played in four world championships with the Canadian National Team, and has coached the U-19 Canadian team to a world championship. He also teaches at the Pennington School in Pennington, NJ, and owns a lacrosse company and club team known as True North Lacrosse Company.
He was originally diagnosed with a grade IV malignant brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme in December, 2008. The 2006 ILF gold medalist fought back, miraculously representing Canada at the 2010 FIL World Championships in England, helping the Canadians to a silver medal. Sanderson was named to the All-World Team at the goaltender position in the 2010 FIL WC.
Sanderson lost his battle with brain cancer on June 28, 2012 at the age of 38.