Canada Scores at 0:19 to Edge Iroquois, USA Cruises on Day 4

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. Canada's Curtis Dickson scored the game-winning goal with 19 seconds to play to lift the Canadians to a 9-8 victory and spoil a wild comeback by the Iroquois Nationals in the closing game of the fourth day of the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Canada led 8-3 late in the third quarter, but the Iroquois Nationals scored five straight goals, tying the game 8-8 on Randy Staats' goal with 8:19 to play in the game. Staats and Lyle Thompson each had two goals during the scoring run.

Neither team scored again until Jeremy Noble found Curtis Dickson to the left of the goal and Dickson wrapped around and sank the game-winner. Dickson led Canada with three goals and Adam Jones had two goals and two assists. Thompson led the Nationals with three goals and Staats had two.

Both teams are now 2-1, trailing the United States in the Blue Division by a game.

On the adjacent field, Australia outscored England 4-0 in the third quarter to break a 3-3 tie and went on to win 10-7 and improve to 2-1 in the Blue Division.

Anson Carter scored the first two goals of the second half for Australia and his four points led the team with two goals and two assists. Matt Diver and Marty Hyde also had two goals. Samuel Russell and Adrian Bennett each scored twice for England. England was whistled for 14 penalties in the game, but Australia converted just once on extra man opportunities.

The United States scored five times in the opening 10 minutes and the first 12 goals of the game to improve to 3-0 with a 21-3 victory over Japan (0-3). Chris Eck (13 of 15) and Greg Gurenlian (10 of 11) were dominant on faceoffs to allow the U.S. to maintain possession and Ned Crotty (4g, 1a), Rob Pannell (1g, 5a) and Brendan Mundorf (3g, 2a) paced a balanced attack that had 10 goal scorers. Jesse Schwartzman made four saves and allowed just one goal before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury. Drew Adams came on and made six saves while allowing two goals. Wataru Tsugu, Yuji Tadahira and Ryu Matsushita scored for Japan.

Eight divisions wrapped up pool play on Sunday and the winners of those divisions have moved on to the championship bracket of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Scotland won the White Division and will face Turquoise Division winner Finland. The Netherlands won a three-way tiebreaker to capture the Green Division and will meet Plum Division winner New Zealand. Germany won the Red Division and will face Grey Division winner Czech Republic. Ireland won the Yellow Division and is set for a showdown with Orange Division winner Israel.

Those eight teams will play two rounds of games on Monday and Tuesday with the two remaining undefeated teams advancing to the quarterfinal round to play the third and fourth place finishers from the Blue Division on Wednesday, July 16.

Additional recaps follow: Ireland 14, Bermuda 5: Ireland went on an eight-goal run from late in the first quarter until late in the third quarter to pull away from a 4-2 lead and defeat Bermuda 14-5 to win the Yellow Division in a battle of 2-0 teams. Brian Gillis talled six goals for Ireland and Tom Riley dished out five assists to pace Ireland's offense. Drew Jenkins and Tyler Masters each had two goals for Bermuda.

Norway 20, China 3: Norway fired 62 shots against China with Aksel Kvaal finding the back of the net four times and Spieler Palmers adding three. Thomas Laycock added a goal and four assists. Tyler Buchan had two goals for China and Harrison Zhu continued his fine tournament, making 19 saves while allowing 15 goals.

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