USA Routs Iroquois; Other Day 6 FIL Championship Results

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. The United States dominated early, racing out to a 10-0 lead on its way to an 18-5 victory over the Iroquois Nationals to earn the top seed in the Blue Division before a sold out crowd of 7,303 at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship.

By winning the Blue Division, the United States earned a bye into the semifinal round of the championship. The semifinals will be played on Thursday, July 17 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the main 18,000-seat stadium at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Rob Pannell scored the first three goals of the game, four of the first five and finished with seven overall, the second-highest total in U.S. team history, to key the victory. Paul Rabil added three goals and three assists as the U.S. outshot the Iroquois Nationals 50-14. The U.S. also continued its faceoff dominance with Chris Eck winning 9 of 13 and Greg Gurenlian winning 8 of 11.

Miles Thompson led the Iroquois Nationals with three goals. The Nationals finished 3-2 in the Blue Division and finished as the third seed after Canada beat Australia 12-4 to wrap up the number two seed in a game that ended just after midnight local time.

Australia's James Lawerson opened the scoring four minutes into the game, but the Aussies then went scoreless for the next 45 minutes as Canada pulled away. Canadian goalie Dillon Ward made 10 saves while going the distance for the victory. Adam Jones led the offense with three goals and Mark Matthews had two. Anson Carter had two for Australia.

Canada will have a bye into Thursday's semifinals.

In the quarterfinals it will be Scotland against the Iroquois Nationals on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and Israel against Australia at 7:00 p.m. Scotland and Israel played their way into the quarterfinal round with wins on Tuesday.

Scotland outscored New Zealand 10-4 in the first half, powerd by a seven-goal second quarter, and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 16-12 victory.

A three-goal run for New Zealand cut Scotland's lead to 5-4 midway through the second quarter, but Scotland scored the final five goals of the half to pull away. Kyle Buchanan paced Scotland with four goals and two assists and Ethan Harris made 12 saves.

Jeremy Kincaid had three goals for New Zealand which will play Japan, the number five seed from the Blue Division, tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.. New Zealand can still finish as high as fifth place.

Israel advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, by defeating Germany 15-1 in a play-in game Tuesday morning.

Matthew Cherry had four goals and an assist while Ari Sussman and Noah Miller each added three goals. Israel goalie Henry Altschuler made seven saves while allowing no goals in three quarters of action.

Germany will play England, the Blue No. 6 seed, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Germany can still finish as high as fifth in the event.

Ken Ikegawa scored the game-winning goal in overtime off a nice dish to the crease from Wataru Tsugu as Japan edged England 13-12 to earn the No. 5 seed in the Blue Division. England finished sixth.

Japan led 11-8 late in the fourth quarter, but England rallied and sent it into overtime on Colin Clive's goal with nine seconds left in regulation.

Ikegawa, Yuji Tadahira, Shunki Hatada and Andrew Lay all had two goals for Japan. Japan will play New Zealand at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow on ESPN3 and can finish as high as fifth.

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