USA Edges Canada in Fall Classic

(Photo Credit: Adam Scott/US Lacrosse)

In a low-scoring defensive heavy game, Canada was able to get their offense going midway through the game to get ahead 5-3 at the end of the third. USA was able to mount an impressive four-goal comeback to secure the 7-6 win. Joe Nardella scored the game-winner with 33-seconds left on the clock. 

The USA was led by Will Manny with two goals while Connor Kelly had one goal and one assist in the win. In goal, Brian Phipps and Jack Concannon each got time and played very well. Phipps got the starting nod.

Canada was led by Ryan Lee with three goals while Jeff teat dished out four assists to help aid the fiery Canadian offense. In addition, Brett Dobson got the start in cage and played outstanding. Zack Deaken came in for the second half. 

A skip pass from Connor Kelly found Rob Pannell open on the right-wing to get USA on the board early in the first. Both goalies played out of their minds early on, stopping multiple shots to keep things at 1-0 USA heading into the second quarter. 

Canada dominated possession in the second quarter, getting plenty of shots off and being able to retain possession. Reilly O’Connor got Canada on the board midway through the second with a rip from up top and Ryan Lee scored just minutes later, putting in a diving goal right on the crease off a feed from Jeff Teat. 

Following Canada’s offensive spurt, the defensive play resumed as both sided went back-and-forth throughout the middle portion of the quarter. Marcus Holman scored on the doorstep off a cross-field alley-oop pass from Jules Heningburg to tie things up at two heading into the half. 

In the third, Canada got things going early with Ryan Lee converting off a Jeff teat feed to retake the 3-2 lead for Canada. After some more heavy defensive play, Canada scored two consecutive goals within seconds of each other late in the third, including a Justin Inacio goal right off of a faceoff win. 

Greg Gurelian answered for USA, scoring right off of the next faceoff to end the USA’s nearly 12-minute scoring drought and cutting the Canada lead to 5-3 heading into the fourth quarter. 

After a Joel Tinney power-play goal for Canada to start the fourth, USA went off, mounting a four-goal comeback to secure the win. During  that USA run, Will Manny scored two consecutive late in the quarter and Joe Nardella scored the game-winner right on the crease with 33-seconds left on the clock. 

Both squads will face the defending NCAA champions: University of Virginia, tomorrow. USA will face Virginia at 2 pm and Canada will face Virginia at 4:30 pm. 


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