Following the first day of bracket play at the 2019 World Junior Lacrosse Championship (WJLC) in Hamilton, Ontario, Israel and the USA have advanced to the semifinals on Saturday.
Israel defeated Poland on Friday night in the quarterfinals to move onto Saturday’s semifinals where they will face Canada, a team they lost 16-2 against in pool play. In their quarterfinal matchup against Poland, Israel came out fairly slow, trailing 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. However, after Poland took a 4-1 lead early in the first Israel started to spark, finishing the first half with a 7-0 run. With an 8-4 lead coming out of the half they were able to keep up the pace on both ends, routing Poland in an 18-8 victory.
USA was able to halt Australia’s fourth-quarter comeback to secure the win and advance to Saturday’s semifinals where they will face Iroquois. After some back-and-forth play to open the game USA went on a tear, taking advantage of every opportunity Australia gave them en route to a 5-1 first-quarter lead. Australia started to put it together in the second quarter, but USA took a 7-3 lead into halftime. It was a more defensive heavy start to the third, but USA eventually pulled through and taking a 9-4 lead into the fourth. While Australia was able to mount a big comeback in the fourth they came up short with USA claiming the 11-9 win.
In addition to the Saturday’s semifinal matchups, Poland and Australia will face each other in the fifth-place game on Saturday afternoon.
Remaining Bracket Schedule
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH
Poland vs Australia (5th place game) – 1:00 pm ET
Semifinal 1: Iroquois vs USA Winner – 5:00 pm ET
Semifinal 2: Canada vs Israel Winner – 8:00 pm ET
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH
Bronze Medal Game – 5:00 pm ET
Championship Game – 8:00 pm ET