FIL World Lacrosse Championship - Results from Day Nine

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. The stage is set for the final game 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice. The United States will go for its second consecutive world championship and 10th overall when it meets archrival Canada on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

The United States has blown through the tournament, winning its six games by a combined 107-26, with its closest game coming in the opener against Canada. Canada scored the first three goals in that game on July 10 before the U.S. rallied for a 10-7 victory.

The U.S. defeated Australia 22-3 in the semifinals on Thursday while Canada overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Iroquois Nationals 12-6 to earn another shot at the U.S.

The championship game will cap a tripleheader on Saturday. Scotland, already assured of its best finish ever, takes on England in the fifth place match at 11:00 a.m., and that will be followed by the Iroquois Nationals against Australia at 2:00 p.m. Both of those games will take place on Field 10 and then a brief closing ceremonies session will begin at 5:15 in the main stadium, followed by the warm-ups for the championship game with faceoff at 7:00 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the championship game.

On Friday, 30 of the nations participating in the tournament completed play with placement games. Recaps of those games follow:

7th place Israel 15, Japan 10: Israel trailed Japan 5-4 at the half, but then outscored them 5-0 in the third quarter and added the first two goals of the fourth quarter to key a 15-10 win. Israel, playing in its first FIL World Championship, finished seventh. Ari Sussman scored three of his game-high five goals during Israel's seven-goal scoring run and Kyle Bergman added three goals and two assists. Henry Altschuler played nearly three quarters and made nine saves while allowing just three goals.Waturo Tsugu and Mikisuke Sekine each had three goals for Japan and Keisuke Ando made 15 saves.

9th place Germany 8, Ireland 6: Germany wrapped up a ninth place finish as goalie Philipp Maas made 11 saves in an 8-6 victory over Ireland. Ireland scored the first two goals of the game, but Germany then ripped off four straight goals and Ireland never regained the lead. Simon Giourmetakis led Germany with three goals, two of them extra man, and Wolfgang Griessl added two. Chris Mattes also came in late in the game and won four critical faceoffs down the stretch. Brian Gillis had three goals for Ireland and Tom Riley had a goal and an assist.

11th place Sweden 8, New Zealand 6: After trailing 4-2 after one quarter, Sweden went on a five-goal run that spanned more than 52 minutes, leading them to an 8-6 victory over New Zealand. Sweden earned 11th place while New Zealand's 12th place finish was its best in four trips to the world championships. Sweden finished 10th in 2010. Sten Jernudd led Sweden with three goals, including the final two of Sweden's key scoring run, and Kevin Powers added two goals. Edward Roberts led New Zealand with two goals and John Clayton had a goal and two assists.

13th place Finland 11, Czech Republic 7: Finland held the Czech Republic to just one goal in the first 42 minutes of the game, jumping out to a 6-1 lead and held on for an 11-7 victory to earn 13th place in the world championship. Jarno Aaltonen had three goals for Finland and Rob Griffith added two goals and two assists. Lauri Uusitalo made three saves while allowing just one goal in the first half and Hayden Johnstone made 10 saves in the second half for Finland. Pavel Dosley led the Czech Republic with two goals and two assists and Jonathan Munk added two goals while winning 15 of 20 faceoffs.

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