Australia, Iroquois Nationals Advance to the FIL Semifinals

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Tom Vickery made three saves in the final minute of the game, all in extra-man situations, as Australia held off Israel 9-8 to advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. The Iroquois Nationals also advanced with a 10-8 victory over Scotland.

Australia will meet the United States at 4:30 p.m. in the first semifinal of a doubleheader in the main stadium at Dick's Sporting Goods Park that will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU and picked up by numerous outlets around the world. The Iroquois will play Canada in the second game at 7:30 in a rematch of their epic pool play game which Canada won 9-8, scoring the winning goal in the final minute.

Vickery came off the bench late in the first quarter and made 12 saves in the game while allowing just four goals as Australia rallied from a 4-1 deficit after the first quarter to earn the victory.

Australia took its first lead midway through the third quarter and never led by more than two. Israel's Ari Sussman pulled his team to within 9-8 on a goal with 1:35 and Israel had two separate extra man opportunities to close the game, but Vickery came up with the huge stops.

Marty Hyde was the only multiple goal scorer for Australia, netting two goals. Sussman led Israel with three and Cole McCormack and Michael Grosz combined to win 16 of 20 faceoffs.

In the first quarterfinal, Scotland gave the Iroquois Nationals all they could handle, but the Iroquois prevailed 10-8 behind a solid 12-save performance from goalie Warren Hill.

The Iroquois jumped out to a 5-2 lead after one quarter, but Scotland wouldn't go away. Scotland's Jimmy McBride scored the first goal of the third quarter to cut the Iroquois lead to 6-5 and Dan Heighway scored the last goal of the third quarter to cut the lead to 8-7, but Scotland could never even the score.

Miles Thompson led the Iroquois with four goals and Randy Staats had two goals and two assists. Jimmy McBride led Scotland with two goals and three assists and Heighway and Jesse Ferh also had two goals. Scotland's Dean Stewart made 12 saves, including a flurry of stops in the fourth quarter that brought roars from the crowd. Scotland will play Japan at 2:30 tomorrow and a victory would guarantee them at least a sixth place finish, which would be its best ever. Scotland finished seventh in 1998, 2002 and 2010.

Ben McAllister made 13 saves while allowing just one goal in 60 minutes of action to lead England to its first victory of the tournament, a 15-3 win over Germany.

England scored the first six goals of the game and 13 of the first 14 to break into the victory column. Adrian Bennett had three goals and Samuel Russell had two goals and two assists. Philipp Broz, Chris Murphy and Wolfgang Griessl scored for Germany.

England will play Israel tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. The winner of that game will play for fifth place. Germany plays Sweden tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. and can finish as high as ninth place.

Japan exploded for eight goals in the final quarter to pull away for a 17-8 victory over New Zealand. Leading just 9-7 entering the final frame, Japan scored eight straight goals to open the quarter and keep their hopes of remaining in the Blue Division intact.

Twelve different players scored goals for Japan with Ken Ikegawa (2g, 3a) and Shunki Hatada (2g, 2a) leading the balanced offense. Masumi Jinno also won 23 of 30 faceoffs. Andrew Clayton and Richard Clayton each had two goals for New Zealand.

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2014-07-17



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