Results from the FIL World Lacrosse Championships - Day 5

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. Germany, Israel, New Zealand and Scotland advanced in the bracket portion of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, while the United States stayed on top in the Blue Division by beating England 20-1 to move to 4-0. Three first-time participants China, Thailand and Uganda also picked up their first victories in international competition.

Blue Division Recaps

United States 20, England 1: The United States controlled possession by winning 23 of 24 faceoffs with Greg Gurenlian going a perfect 12 for 12 and Chris Eck going 11 for 12 and defeated England 20-1 to improve to a perfect 4-0 in the Blue Division. England is winless at 0-4.

Eleven different players scored goals for the U.S. with Kevin Leveille and Marcus Holman each scoring three goals to lead the way. England goalie Nicholas Anderton faced a barrage of 65 shots from the U.S. and made 18 saves. Adrian Bennett had the lone goal for England.

Canada 20, Japan 3: One night after beating the Iroquois Nationals in a thriller, Canada had an easier time on Monday afternoon, beating Japan 20-3 to improve to 3-1 in the Blue Division.

Mark Matthews led the attack with an eight-point game (5g, 3a) while Jeremy Noble had four goals and Curtis Dickson, the hero of last night's game had three goals and two assists. Geoff Snider won 11 of 15 faceoffs in the game and Dillon Ward and Brennan Donville combined for nine saves in goal. Yuji Tadahira, Wataru Tsugu, and Andrew Lay all scored for Japan.

Iroquois Nationals 12, Australia 10: After a roughly two-hour delay for lightning, the Iroquois Nationals pulled out a 12-10 win over Australia to move into a tie with Canada for second place in the Blue Division. The game was tied 8-8 when it was stopped for lightning with 2:39 left in the third quarter.

Two hours later, play resumed and the Iroquois wasted little time as Jeremy Thompson scored with six seconds remaining to give the Iroquois a 9-8 lead. The Iroquois scored three straight to open the fourth, two of them by Lyle Thompson and they maintained that lead until Nathan Stiglich scored a pair of extra man goals to close out the scoring for Australia.

Lyle Thompson led the Iroquois with four goals and Jeremy Thompson had two goals while winning 5 of 7 faceoffs. Stiglich led Australia with four and Tom Vickery made 13 saves.

Play-In Bracket Recaps

Scotland 9, Finland 6: Scotland's defense played well in a 9-6 victory over Finland that moved Scotland one stage closer to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Scotland will play New Zealand game tomorrow and the winner of that game will move onto the quarterfinals.

Scotland goalie Ethan Harris made 10 saves and coach John Kenney was pleased with the way his overall defensive unit performed in the game. Offensively, Kyle Buchanan led the way with three goals and one assist, all three of the games coming in consecutive fashion to push Scotland from a 2-1 lead to a 5-1 advantage. Jordan McBride added two goals and two assists. Nick Ranta led Finland with two goals and an assist and Sami Grasbeck won 12 of 18 faceoffs.

Germany, the sixth place finisher at the 2010 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England, and Israel, a first-time FIL World Championship participant, both won games on Monday to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Germany and Israel will meet on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Mountain time in a game that will be televised on ESPN3.

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