WJLC: Canada, Iroquois End Pool Play On Top

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After the first two days of competition at the World Junior Lacrosse Championship, Canada and Iroquois sit atop their respective pools. Canada sits at first in Pool A with a 2-0 record after beating Australia and Israel. Iroquois has a 2-0 record sitting at the top of Pool B, defeating USA and Poland. 

Both Canada and Iroquois move on to the semifinals on Saturday. They will play the winners from tomorrows quarterfinal games between Israel and Poland and USA and Australia. 

Pool Play Game Results

Poland 20, USA 14 – Pool B

Canada 24, Australia 4 – Pool A

Iroquois 20, USA 19 – Pool B

Iroquois 14, Poland 10 – Pool B

Canada 16, Israel 2 – Pool A

Friday kicks off bracket play at the 2019 WJLC as Israel will face Poland and the USA will face Australia. The winners from those games will move on to play either Canada or Iroquois on Saturday in the semifinals. The losers from those two quarterfinal games will play each other in the fifth place game on Saturday afternoon. 

Coming into bracket play, Canada and Iroquois are heavy favorites, and for good reason too. Canada has been dominate from start of this tournament, dominating Australia in their first game and then doing the same to Israel. Iroquois has put up similar numbers, but their wins against the USA and Poland have been a little closer. 

Canada has been primarily led on offense by Sam LeClair, Kealan Pilon, Jacob Dunbar, and Austin Hasen. Those four have been tearing it and absolutely dominating in each game and really giving their team a huge boost, along with some others as well. Anchoring the Canadian defense, Laine Hruska has been very good in goal thus far, not letting much by him. Also, their defense out in front and transition game on both ends has been very effective as well. It’s really been a dominating few days for Canada in this tournament, as one would expect. 

Iroquois has seen David Anderson and Hadowas Smith lead the way on offense, in addition to Bo Bowhunter, Kevin Owen Hill, and others. They have had some interchanging of the lineup with player availability issues, but they haven’t let it show too much as they have been moving the ball and look to be meshing together very well. Their defense has been pretty stout as well, but has given up some opportunities for teams to go small runs which eventually ate into their lead. In goal, Cecil Jacobs has played pretty well, getting it done when he needs to the most and making being able to make the best out of a variety of situations. 

Bracket Schedule 

Friday, August 9th

Quarterfinal 1: Israel vs Poland – 5:00pm ET

Quarterfinal 2: Australia vs USA – 8:00pm ET

Saturday, August 10th

Loser QF 1vs Loser QF 2  (5th place game) – 1:00pm ET

Semifinal 1: Iroquois vs QF 2 Winner – 5:00pm ET

Semifinal 2: Canada vs QF 1 Winner – 8:00pm ET

Sunday, August 11th 

Bronze Medal Game – 5:00pm ET

Championship Game – 8:00pm ET



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