From Canadian Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team
May 27, 2011
CANADA’S OFFENCE KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR
Canada’s offence took a while to get going but once it kicked into high gear a semifinal win over the United States at the world indoor lacrosse tournament was in the bag.
It ended up 15-10.
Goals by Rhys Duch and John Grant to start the third quarter broke a 5-5 tie and Canada was on its way. The Americans got one back but consecutive goals by Duch, Colin Doyle and Duch again made it 10-6. The way Matt Vinc was stopping shots and the defence was pushing Americans to the outside, victory was assured.
Another run in the fourth, with Doyle connecting on the power play and Dan Dawson adding two quick goals sealed the win.
Duch and Dawson wound up with four goals each and Grant three, Doyle two and Jeff Zywicki one. An empty-netter by defenceman Jeff Moleski capped the scoring.
“I started a little show,’’ said Duch. “I couldn’t really catch a break at the beginning.
“I wasn’t placing my shots too well. They say shoot till you’re hot so I guess that was true for me tonight.’’
The attackers figured they owed Vinc and the defence some goals after a slow start.
“That one was for the defence and Vino,’’ Dawson said as the players snacked on bananas and peanut butter sandwiches and downed water and juices to rehydrate.
“I thought once we got our legs going we were real good,’’ said Josh Sanderson. “Them playing yesterday I think helped them at the start and Vino made some saves for us and then once we got going, especially in the second half, we were good.’’
Grant looked forward to a good night’s sleep to get ready for the final against the Iroquois Nationals.
“We’re where we want to be,’’ he said. “We got a good test, which we wanted.
“We wanted to test our mettle and find out what we have and I think we came to play when we needed to from top to bottom. We’re on the right track and we’ve got a bigger one (Saturday).’’
Casey Powell led the U.S., with four goals.<
“We needed to play a near-perfect game,’’ said Powell. “We hung in there.
“We seemed to dictate the game in the first half. We tied it up after being down three but we came out a little flat in the second half. They took advantage. They’re very smart and well-coached and they made adjustments. They got a nice little cushion and rode that to the end. They had a fantastic team out there so there’s nothing to be ashamed of on our side. We have to regroup and try to win a medal (Saturday).’’
Captain Chris Schiller said his team’s defence broke down early in the second half.
“We didn’t start off the way we wanted to in the second half,’’ he said. “What can you do?
“That’s why they’re the world champs. We fought our tail off. What can you way? They’re a great team.’’
The Americans are competitively closer to Canada every four years when the world tournament rolls around.
“U.S. lacrosse is getting better at indoor,’’ said Schiller. “The Canadian players made a couple of comments to me like, `It was a great game.’ It’s all about earning respect and I think we definitely made a step here for U.S. lacrosse in terms of the indoor game so hopefully in four years we can go even higher.’’
Team Canada media contact: Neil Stevens at email@example.com