DENVER, CO – It was a quick start, three straight goals from Team Canada was the opening Team Canada was looking for in the first quarter of their opening game of the 2014 FIL World Championships against long-standing rival Team USA.
Mark Matthews (1goal, 1assist) got Canada on the board first early in the first quarter off an assist from Wesley Berg (1 assist). The score remained 1-0 in Canada’s favour through the first quarter. Early in the second quarter Canada found the back of the net twice when Canada’s Curtis Dickson (1 goal) potted his first of the worlds, followed quickly by Jeremy Noble (1 goal) off an assist by Jordan McIntosh (1 assist), increasing Canada’s lead to 3-0. A minute and a half later USA scored their first of what would be a six-goal run for Team USA to end the first half doubling Canada 6-3.
Continuing their run, USA added two more to start the second half before Zack Greer (2 goals) scored his first of two to break the run. One more goal by Team USA before the end of the third quarter saw Canada behind by five, Team Canada 4, Team USA 9.
Faceoff specialist, Geoff Snider won the opening draw of the fourth, broke through US defenders sniping one past USA goalie Jesse Schwartzman to swing momentum back in Canada’s favour six seconds into the final quarter. Zack Greer, off an assist from Cam Flint (1 assist) solved Schwartzman for his second of the game pulling Canada within 3 of the US. Canada finished the game the way they had started by out-scoring Team USA 3-1 in the fourth quarter when Kevin Crowley (1 goal) netted one late in the game but time ran out and ultimately Canada dropped their first game of the Worlds 10-7 to defending World champions Team USA.
Amongst some shining moments on both ends of the field for the team, starting goalie Dillion Ward shone the brightest when he answered the question whether Canada would continue to produce world-class goalies with 18 saves against an offense-heavy USA who outshot Canada 40-20.
Canada continues pool-play on Saturday against Team England at 8pm MST at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, CO.
Game statistics can be found at: http://www.worldlacrosse2014.com/sports/mlax/2013-14/boxscores/20140710_5jhm.xml
The 2014 Men’s Field World Lacrosse Championships runs July 10-19 in Denver, Colorado.
The official website of the event is http://www.worldlacrosse2014.com
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