USA and Canada Advance to the FIL World Championship Game

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The United States is headed to the championship game of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship after beating Australia 22-3 in the semifinals on Thursday night. The U.S. will face Canada, a 12-6 winner over the Iroquois Nationals, in the championship game on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.

The U.S. improved to a perfect 6-0 in the tournament with the win and controlled play from the start. The U.S. scored the first seven goals of the game and limited Australia to just 11 shots in the contest.

David Lawson had a team-high six points on four goals and two assists and Brendan Mundorf, Paul Rabil, Max Seibald and Kevin Leveille each scored three goals. Once again, the U.S. dominated possession time by controlling the faceoff battle. Chris Eck won 13 of 14 and Greg Gurenlian won 13 of 15 for the United States.

Matt Diver, Nigel Morton and Anson Carter all scored for Australia.

Canada fell behind the Iroquois Nationals 4-1 after one quarter, but then clamped down defensively and went on to win 12-6 to advance to the title game.

The Iroquois went scoreless for a stretch of over 46 minutes from the 2:05 mark of the first quarter until the 15:23 mark of the fourth quarter. During that time, Canada went on an eight-goal run to take a 9-4 lead.

Curtis Dickson scored three of those goals and finished with a game-high four goals and Geoff Snider was key, winning 16 of 21 faceoffs.

Lyle Thompson led the Iroquois with two goals and an assist, but all came in the first quarter. Canada's Dillon Roy drew the assignment on Thompson most of the night and was able to keep him in check. Randy Staats also had two goals for the Nationals.

The Iroquois Nationals will play Australia in the third place game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in a game that will be show on ESPN3. Australia has never finished lower than third and the Iroquois has never finished better than fourth.

Scotland's Jimmy McBride scored the game-winner in overtime in a 10-9 victory over Japan. The victory assures Scotland of its best finish ever and moves it into the Blue Division for the 2018 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England. England held on to its Blue Division spot by beating Israel 10-9 in overtime on a goal by Nicholas Watson.

Scotland and England will meet in the 5th place game on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on Field 10 on ESPN3.

Japan took a 9-7 lead on Scotland early in the fourth quarter, but Dan Heighway scored back-to-back goals midway through the quarter to tie it at 9-9. The score remained that way until McBride netted his game-winner with 51 seconds left in the second overtime.

Japan outshot Scotland 51-29, but only put 20 of them on goal with Scotland's Dean Stewart (eight) and Ethan Harris (three) combining for 11 saves. Heighway led Scotland with three goals and Kyle Buchanan had four assists. Yuji Tadahira had two goal and three assists for Japan.

England jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Israel, but Israel got back into the game with a five-goal third quarter that tied the score 7-7 entering the final quarter. England's Aaron Prosser scored the first two goals of the quarter, but Kyle Bergman and Matthew Cherry scored for Israel, Cherry's coming with 43 seconds left to send it into overtime. Watson then scored with 34 seconds left in the first overtime period for the only goal of the extra sessions.

Watson led England with four goals and Ben McAllister had a sterling game with 23 saves. Ari Sussman led Israel with three goals while Cherry had two and Casey Cittadino had three assists.

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