USA, Iroquois, Canada All Win on Day 3 of FIL Championships

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. Weather delayed action at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship for the second straight day, with the final games of the night beginning around 9:30 p.m. local time. There was plenty of excitement before and after the storms.

Eight of the divisions will wrap up pool play on Sunday and the eight pool play winners will have a chance to move into the bracket to play for the world championship. Pool play in the Blue Division, currently led by the Iroquois Nationals and the United States at 2-0 each, continues through Tuesday. Bracket play for the other divisions begins on Monday.

There are two schedule changes for Sunday. The France Uganda game will now be played on Field 10 at 2:00 p.m. and the England Australia game will be played on Field 8 at 8:30 p.m.

Recaps of Saturday's games follow:

Iroquois Nationals 24, Japan 9: For the second straight day the Iroquois Nationals got off to a slow start, but a four-goal run to open the second quarter broke a 4-4 tie and Japan never got closer than three goals the rest of the way. Twenty of the 24 goals scored by the Iroquois were assisted with Miles Thompson registering seven assists and Randy Staats dishing six. Jerome had a team-high four goals. Warren Hill made 11 saves while allowing six goals in the quarters of action for the Nationals. Japan was led by Yuji Tadahira and Ryu Matsushita with two goals each.

United States 16, Australia 7: The United States dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Australia 5-1 in the final frame, to pull away for the victory. Paul Rabil and David Lawson each had four goals for the U.S. while Greg Gurenlian (10 of 13) and Chris Eck (7 of 10) combined to win 17 of 23 faceoffs. Matt Diver led Australia with three goals.

Canada 23, England 3: Canada picked up its first victory of the tournament beating England in the final game of the night. Canada jumped out to a 13-1 lead at the half and was never threatened. (Stats currently unavailable)

Sweden 21, Republic of Korea 5: Kevin Powers had a monster game with 13 points (8g, 5a) to lead Sweden to its first victory of the tournament. After Korea's Eungyoo Ryoo opened the scoring just over a minute into the game, Sweden scored the next eight goals to take command. Sten Jernudd added four goals for Sweden. Korea, which fell to 0-2 in the Orange Division, got three goals from Wonjae Park.

Germany 20, Austria 2: Germany moved to 2-0 in the Red Division with a convincing win over Austria. Simon Giourmetakis led the way with six goals while Chris Mattes won 16 of 17 faceoffs. Mattes has lost two just two faceoffs in Germany's first two games. Germany goalies Philipp Maas (2) and Florentin Turowski (7) combined for nine saves while limiting Austria to just two goals one for Klaus Hauer and one for Valentin Bombosch.

Bermuda 14, Uganda 5: Steve Velotti made 11 saves while allowing just four goals in 73 minutes of action to lead Bermuda (1-1) past Uganda (0-2). Douglas Bell had four goals and three assists for Bermuda and Drew Jenkins had a huge game with three goals and 16 groundballs as he won 20 of 23 faceoffs. Patrick Oriana and Kenneth Kasule each had a goal and an assist for Uganda.

Spain 14, Colombia 2: Spained evened its record at 1-1 with a victory over Colombia (0-2). Danny de la Casa (4g, 1a) and Ryan Viadero (3g, 2a) each had five-point days for Spain. Colombia got goals from Cam Scully-Ramirez and Jiovany Rendon.

Norway 12, Netherlands 11 (OT): Norway scored twice in the final 18 seconds of the second four-minute overtime period to pull out a wild victory over the Netherlands. Graham Bergsma had given the Netherlands an 11-10 lead in overtime, but Per-Arne Winsnes Kvalvag tied it with 18 seconds to go and Lars Rysst then tallied the game-winning goal just 10 seconds later. Jesper Norman Hjorth led Norway with four goals and Rysst added three. Bergsma led the Netherlands with five goals and Rick van Niekerk had a strong game with 14 saves. Both teams are now 1-1 in the Green Division.

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