WILC Day Three Recap

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Day three of action at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is in the books. Day two saw eight games that included from comeback wins, close contest, and just straight up blowouts. 

SCOREBOARD

Game Number Away Team Home Team Final Score
16 Ireland Serbia 10-9
17 Hong Kong Switzerland 16-13
18 Sweden Austria 10-20
19 Mexico Slovakia 7-18
20 England Israel 7-8
21 Scotland Germany 6-18
22 USA Iroquois Nationals 10-11
23 Australia  Finland 10-15

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Iroquois Escapes Late-Game USA Comeback


DAY Three THREE STARS

⭐️ Brett Kujala, F, FINLAND

Kujala led the way on the offensive end for Finland as they defeated Australia 15-10. The forward put up nine points (8G/1A) in the win. 

⭐️⭐️ Cody Jamieson, F, Iroquois Nationals

In the Iroquois 11-10 win over the USA, Jamieson put on an absolute show as he tallied six points (3G/5A) to really give Iroquois an extra push on the offensive end. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Zach Higgins, G, Israel

Higgins stepped up big, especially down the stretch and in the overtime period, shutting the door multiple times to help lead Israel to victory over England. Higgins made 38 saves off of 45 shots on net with a .844 save percentage in the win. 

MUST SEE MOMENTS

While day three was filled with lacrosse action all day long, here are three moments that you don’t want to miss from today’s action.

Tehoka Nanticoke Scored Between-The-Legs Goal

Nanticoke set the lacrosse world on fire last night with this insane finish off the outlet pass from Warren Hill. 

An Engagement At The WILC??

Team Mexico player Diego Hernandez proposed to his girlfriend after their game againts Slovakia. 

Adam Fisher Calls Game!!

A Jean-Luc Chetner feed to Adam Fischer proved to be the ball game as Israel defeated England in overtime. 

 

Iroquois Escapes Late-Game USA Comeback

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The Iroquois Nationals have never lost to the USA in the WILC, and while that streak looked like it could have been broken at times tonight Iroquois were able to escape an impressive late-game comeback from the USA. 

In addition, Iroquois star forward Lyle Thompson was out tonight due to an injury he sustained in their win over Israel on Thursday. His status moving forward and the extent of the injury is still unknown.

What really put Iroquois over the top was the multiple big time runs that they were able to put together, especially midway through the contest when they scored six unanswered goals from early in the second through late in the third, including an insane one-handed between-the-legs shot from Tehoka Nanticoke which lit the crowd on fire.

USA jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with Joe Resetartis and Adam Osika scoring just 23 seconds apart. While Tehoka Nanticoke got Iroquois on the board a few minutes later, USA came back once more with two goals from Blaze Riorden and Kieran McArdle. 

As Warren Hill and the Iroquois defense started to settle in and find their rhythm late in the first so did their offense. A four-goal run for the Iroquois help them to get ahead 4-5 with just over a minute left in the quarter. However, Kieran McArdle was able to tip toe his way through the defense with just seconds left and tie things up at 5 for USA.

Joe Resetartis put USA up 6-5 early in the second, but that would end up being the last bit of offensive production for the USA in the first half. The Iroquois got hot with Cody Jamieson finding the back of the net just seconds apart before Miles and Jerome Thompson ended the half with two more. 

While the third saw a to of defense early on, Warren Hill connected with Tehoka Nanticoke on an outlet pass which led to Tehoka’s insane one-handed between-the-legs goal that he just seemingly bounced right past Gowah Abrams. Following a Jordan Durston goal just moments later, Iroquois held a commanding 11-6 lead. 

USA started to climb back out of the very hole they had dug themselves after Cody Radziewicz ended their 16-minute scoring drought. With 1:11 on the clock Davey Emala cut the Iroquois lead to just 11-10, but the Iroquois defense was able to ward off the USA in the final minute to secure the win. 

The Iroquois were led by Cody Jamieson who put up six points (6G/6A) in the win. Tehoka Nanticoke also had four points (3G/1A) for the Iroquois, as well. Warren Hill made 48 saves off of 58 shots for a .828 save percentage. 

Joe Resetartis led the way for the USA with nine points (3G/6A) while Kieran MccArdle also tallied eight points (3G/5A). In net, Gowah Abrams made 37 saves off of 48 shots on net for a .771 save percentage. 

Iroquois will play England tomorrow while USA has a bye and will face England on Monday. 

 

WILC Day Two Recap

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Day one of action at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is in the books. Day two saw eight games that included from comeback wins, close contest, and just straight up blowouts. 

SCOREBOARD

Game Number Away Team Home Team Final Score
9 Finland Sweden 23-6
10 Costa Rica Austria 0-18
11 Slovakia Czech Republic 3-17
12 Serbia Netherlands 11-9
13 Canada England 18-5
13 Hong Kong Ireland 2-18
14 Israel USA 10-18
15 Germany Mexico 25-6

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Canada Cruises Past England In 18-5 Victory

Second Half Explosion Lifts USA Over Israel


DAY TWO THREE STARS

⭐️ Tyler Crompton, F, Finland

Crompton helped Finland best their nordic neighbors on Friday, tallying 11 points (5G/6A) in Finland’s 23-6 win over Sweden. 

⭐️⭐️ Illija Gajic, F, Serbia

In Serbia’s comeback win over Netherlands, Gajic made a huge impact on the offensive end of the floor as a catalyst for that offense. Gajic tallied eight points (2G/6A) in the win. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kieran McArdle, F, USA

McArdle stepped up big again on Friday night, helping lead USA to their first victory of the tournament. McArdle put up nine points (2G/7A) in USA’s 18-10 win over Israel. 

Honorable Mention: Ivan Alejandro Rojas, G, Costa Rica

While Costa Rica is 0-2 thus far, their goalie Ivan Alejandro Rojas has been somewhat of a bright spot. In game one he looked quite timid to start, but settled down later. In their game on Friday against Austria Rojas really was the backbone of the Costa Rica defense, making plenty of good saves all game. He made 25 saves off of 33 shots in his 30 minutes of play against Austria. 

MUST SEE MOMENTS

While day two was filled with lacrosse action all day long, here are three moments that you don’t want to miss from today’s action.

Hong Kong Hustle Play

Even when down, Hong Kong was putting it all on the line making hustle plays all over the floor. This effort on the yard sale is second to none. 

Daniel Deckelbaum Dunks From Behind

Israel forward Daniel Deckelbaum channeled his inner Gary Gait to pull off this dunk from behind the net.

Curtis Dickson Fake BTB

Another day, another insane Curtis Dickson highlight. Superman faked a BTB and then put the ball in the back of the net during the first half of Canada’s win over England. 

 

Second Half Explosion Lifts USA Over Israel

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In battle between two teams searching for their first win of the 2019 WILC, USA came out victorious over Israel. While things were fairly close early on, USA was able to really pull away in the second half to secure the 18-10 win. 

USA was led by Kieran McArdle with nine points (2G/7A) while Joe Resetarits also contributed heavily, putting up eight points (4G/4A) in the win. Gowah Abrams played the full sixty minutes in net for the USA, making 26 saves off of 26 shots for a .722 save percentage. 

Adam Wolf led Israel with six points (1G/5A). Jean-Luc Chetner also tallied five points (3G/2A) in the contest for Israel. In net, Zach Higgins made 26 saves off of 44 shots for a .591 save percentage. 

USA got on the board first with Adam Oskia finding the back of the net early in the first off a Kieran McArdle feed. Israel answered just a few minutes later with a goal from Kyle Bergman. USA answered in a big way, starting to dominate possession as they went on a two-goal run. 

Heading into the second, USA held a 5-3 lead over Israel after some back-and-forth play in the final minutes of the first quarter. That back-and-forth play continued early on in the second with Joel White and Kyle Bergman scoring just a minute apart for USA and Israel. A two-goal run for USA midway through the second helped them pull away a bit more, but Jean-Luc Chetner answered for Israel to end nearly six minute scoring drought.

A five-goal USA run from late in the second through late in the third really put this one away as Israel just didn’t have the legs to force a huge comeback. During that run, Joe Resetarits found the back of the net three times while Kieran McArdle and Connor Buczek each scored once. 

While Adam Wolf, Jean-Luc Chetner, and Daniel Deckelbaum scored three straight for Israel from late in the third through early in the fourth, it just wasn’t a big enough spark. USA was able to hang on and pull out the victory. 

Both squads will be in action tomorrow as USA faces the Iroquois Nationals and Israel faces England. 

 

 

 

Canada Cruises Past England In 18-5 Victory

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Canada moves to 2-0 at the 2019 WILC after defeating England 18-5 on Friday night. This one was over from the start as Canada got up early and cruised to victory, dominating England in every facet of the game. 

Canada was led by Dhane Smith with nine points (2G/7A) while Curtis Dickson (4G/4A) and Dane Dobbie (3G/5A) each put up eight points in the win. Mike Poulin made 16 saves off of 21 shots on net for a .762 save percentage. 

Lyndon Buino led England with three points (2G/1A) in the contest. In net, Frank Scigliano made 39 saves off of 57 shots for a .684 save percentage. 

Eli McLaughlin got Canada on the board first early in the first quarter, but England was able to answer fairly quickly with a goal from Lyndon Buino as he bulldozed his was through to the defense for the score. From there on out, it was all Canada. 

Canada was able to score twelve consecutive goals from early in the first through early in the third. Canada held a 4-1 lead at the end of the first and a 12-1 lead heading into the second half. 

England final broke their scoring drought with Lyndon Buino getting them back on the board with 7:01 left in the third. The third quarter ended with Curtis Dickson and Eli McLaughlin scoring two straight to put Canada up 15-2 heading into the fourth. 

In the fourth, England saw Sam Clare, Tyson Roe, and Will Walker each find the back of the net. Canada was able to get three goals from Bryan Cole, Dane Dobbie, and Eli McLaughlin to help secure the 18-5 victory. 

Canada will face Israel on on Sunday after a bye on Saturday and England will face Israel on Saturday. 

WILC Day One Recap

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Day one of action at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is in the books. Day one saw eight games that ranged from upsets, extremely close contest, and blowouts. 

Scoreboard

Game Number Away Team Home Team Final Score
1 Australia Costa Rica 20-1
2 Scotland Slovakia 14-24
3 Austria Finland 5-20
4 Switzerland Serbia 6-8
5 Iroquois Nationals Israel 17-6
6 Czech Republic Mexico 29-6
7 USA Canada 6-16
8 Netherlands Ireland 11-8

Day One Three Stars

Thomas Jeck, F, Slovakia

Jeck was the offensive catalyst for Slovakia in their 24-14 win over Scotland. Jeck tallied 11 points (3G/8A) in the victory. 

Andrew Gallant, G, Netherlands

Gallant made a huge difference in net for the Netherlands, helping to lead them to an 11-8 victory over Ireland in their first-ever WILC. Gallant made 24 saves off of 26 shots and even had one assist, as well. 

Cole Paciejewski, F, Scotland

In spite of Scotland’s 24-24 loss against Slovakia, Paciejewski was the leader on the offensive end for Scotland, putting up 11 points (7G/4A). 

Must See Moments

While day one was filled with lacrosse action all day long, here are three moments that you don’t want to miss from today’s action.

Kyle Jackson Makes Sports Center

Iroquois forward Kyle Jackson made an appearance at the number six spot on ESPN’s Sports Center Top 10 last night after this filthy one-handed finish in their win against Israel.

Netherlands Upsets Ireland

Being at the WILC for the first time ever, Netherlands wasn’t expected to do much of anything like most of the newer countries. They put all the haters to rest on Thursday night when they beat Ireland in their first game to pull off the upset.

Curtis Dickson Goes Full Superman

Curtis Dickson lived up to his “Superman” nickname tonight as he took flight in Canada’s dominating win over the USA.

 

 

Canada Downs USA In WILC Opener

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In the WILC opener for both squads, Canada absolutely devoured USA in a 16-6 victory. Canada was able to get up early and they never looked back, sprinting to victory in this one. Canada is now 24-0 all-time in WILC play. 

Canada was led by Mark Matthew with seven points (3G/4A) while Shayne Jackson and Robert Church each put up six points (2G/4A) in the win. Dillon Ward had a save percentage of .857 in net for Canada. 

Kieran McArdle and Blaze Riorden each netted a hat trick as the only two goal scorers for USA. McArdel also tallied two assists, as well. In net, USA both David Mather and Gowah Abrams with Mather getting the start and playing the majority of the minutes. 

Ben McIntosh got the scoring started early for Canada with a power-play goal. USA answered fairly quickly with an outside bouncer from Kieran McArdle. However, Canada went on a six-goal run to create plenty of distance. Blaze Riorden did score with under a minute in the first to give USA their first of the game. 

While USA stepped up on the defensive end in the second quarter, Canada still saw Shayne Jackson and Zach Currier put the ball in the back of the net to give Canada a 9-2 halftime lead. 

It was more of the same in the third as Canada scored three goals to start the third, including power-play goals from Curtis Dickson and Robert Chruch. USA finally broke through, ending their 28-minute scoring drought with a Blaze Riorden finish on the inside late in the third. 

With Canada holding a 12-4 lead heading into the fourth, this game was over and had been for quite sometime. However, Kieran McArdle scored twice and Blaze Riorden scored once for USA in the fourth quarter. Canada saw Dane Dobbie and Shayne Jackson score once during the fourth while Mark Matthews had two goals in the quarter. 

Canada was able to walk away with the dominating 16-6 win over USA to open the 2019 WILC. With the win, Canada continues their undefeated streak in WILC play. 

On Friday, USA will face Israel and Canada will face England. 

Iroquois Defeats Israel To Open WILC

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Despite losing Lyle Thompson early in the first quarter and seeing their goalie Doug Jamieson go down early in the third quarter, the Iroquois were able to secure the 17-6 win as they breezed past Israel, especially in the second half. 

Randy Staats (3G/7A) and Cody Jamieson (2G/8A) led the way for Iroquois with ten points each in the win. For Israel, they were led by Kyle Bergman who scored three goals and Adam Fischer who had three points (1G/2A). 

Israel got on the board first with a goal from Daniel Applebaum just a few minutes in. Iroquois answered with a three-goal run that included two goals from Brendan Bomberry and one from Miles Thompson to take the 3-1 lead. From that point on, Iroquois held the lead the rest of the way. 

After some back-and-forth play to end the first, Iroquois came into the second quarter holding just a 4-3 lead. While it was a more defensive heavy quarter on both sides, Iroquois outscored Israel 3-1 in the second to take a 7-4 lead into the half. Cody Jamieson scored with just 2.4 seconds left on the clock to get Iroquois to get to 7. 

While Israel had been hanging in there with Zach Higgins playing phenomenal in net, Iroquois started to pull away in the third as Israel seemingly lost the ability to keep up their pace on defense against the fiery Iroquois offense. 

Iroquois started the third on a three-goal run with Kyle Jackson, Jordan Durston, and Thomas Hoggarth all getting on the board. Israel was able to answer with two straight from Kyle Bergman, cutting the Iroquois lead to 10-6 late in the third. 

From the final minute in the third through the final horn, Iroquois scored seven straight to secure the 17-6 win over Israel. 

Israel will face USA tomorrow night and Iroquois will face England on Saturday after getting a day off tomorrow. 

 

 

WILC 2019: Kentucky Connections

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With the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships getting underway this week in Langley, BC, let’s take a look at the multiple Kentucky connections in this year’s tournament. 

Lexington natives and Lexington Catholic graduates Stevan and Spencer Kriss will be suiting up for Team Serbia up in Langley this year. Both current players at DIII powerhouse Washington & Lee, Stevan is entering his senior year while Spencer is entering his sophomore year. 

Last spring with Washington & Lee, Stevan played in all 18 games, scooped up 28 ground balls and caused nine turnovers. Spencer only saw action in nine games, scoring two goals and scooping up 

Stevan, a defenseman, played for Serbia during the 2015 tournament on the Onondaga Nation when he was just a senior at Lexington Catholic. He helped them to a twelfth place finish and 3-5 overall record, beating German in pool play and Switzerland and Turkey in bracket play.

In 2017 they both competed for Serbia in the European Box Lacrosse Championships in Turku, Finland. They helped Serbia to an eighth-place finish and Spencer was the leading scorer for Serbia with 18 points (10G/8A). 

Bellarmine grads Dillon Ward and Taylor Stuart will also be playing in Langley this week at the 2019 WILC. 

Considered by many to be the best overall goalie in the world, Ward will be suiting up for Canada this week. Ward won the NLL Goaltender of The Year Award in 2017 and has been named an NLL All-Pro selection three times. He was drafted third overall in the 2013 NLL draft by the Colorado Mammoth. Ward is also the starting goalie for the Denver Outlaws in the MLL. 

While this is his first time representing Canada at the WILC, Ward was Canada’s starting goalie during the 2014 and 2018 World Field Championships. He led Canada to a Gold medal in 2014 and Silver medal in 2018. Ward was named the MVP of the 2014 world games in Denver and was named to the All-World Team in 2014 and 2018. 

Stuart, a transition player, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NLL Draft by the Colorado Mammoth. Doing most of his work on the defensive end, Stuart chased down 99 loose balls and caused 20 turnovers last season with the Mammoth. Stuart also tallied 15 points (5G/10A) last season and has been one of the most improved players in the NLL since his rookie year in 2017. He also plays in the MLL for the Denver Outlaws. 

Ward and Stuart helped lead the Colorado Mammoth to the Western Division finals appearance last season after upsetting the Saskatchewan Rush in the Western Division semifinals. 

On the coaching side, former Bellarmine player Kyle Sorensen will be behind the bench as the head coach of Team Austria. Sorensen is the defensive coordinator for the Burnaby Lakers in the WLA and has recently been hired as a scout for the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks. He has also coached as an assistant with the Coquitlam Jr. A Adanacs and the NLL’s Vancouver Stealth. 

Sorensen was drafted by the Stealth second overall in the 2006 NLL draft. He helped lead the Stealth to two championship appearances and won an NLL championship with the Stealth in 2010. He also won four Mann Cup’s with the Peterborough Lakers and won a Minto Cup with Peterborough Jr. A Lakers. 

 

Peterborough Completes Mann Cup Three-Peat

 

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The Peterborough Lakers defeated the Victoria Shamrocks in game five of the Mann Cup close out the series and secure their third straight Mann Cup. It was a very defensive heavy and hard fought battle from both sides through the entire contest. 

Kyle Buchanan led Peterborough with five points (1G/3A) in the win. Also, Shawn Evans scored two goals and Turner Evans dished out three assists. Mike Poulin made 38 saves off of 43 shots and was named 2019 Mike Kelley Mann Cup MVP at the end of the game. 

Graeme Hossack and Larson Sundown led the way for Victoria with two points (1G/1A) each. Steve Priolo also dished out two assists for Victoria. Peter Dubenski made 47 saves off of 54 shots on net. 

Victoria got out to a very quick start with Chris Wardle bouncing one right over Mike Poulin’s foot just fifty seconds into the game. Wardle’s goal wouldn’t be answered for quite some time as both defenses, especially the goalies, stepped up and made stop after stop. 

Kiel Matisz and Shawn Evans got Peterborough’s offense going late in first with back-to-back goals just seconds apart. Victoria’s offense started to spark again with Larson Sundown and Tyson Gibson scoring each finding the back of the net in the final minutes of the period. 

Trailing 3-2 heading into the second, Peterborough really started to take control on both ends of the floor despite Victoria continuing to stay in the fight with tireless effort. Peterborough saw three goals courtesy of Cory Vitarelli, Shawn Evans, and Kyle Buchanan in the second, putting them ahead 5-3.

Graeme Hossack finally got Victoria back on the board late in the second, but Holden Cattoni put scored late for Peterborough, giving them a 6-4 lead heading into the third and final period of play. 

The third period saw both defenses stand stout, limiting any offensive effort early on. Chris Boushy broke the ice in the third, scoring off a Larson Sundown feed to pull Victotia within one. Thomas Hoggarth put the nail in the coffin late in the game, scoring a power-play goal in transition with 4:30 on the clock. 

Hoggarth’s goal proved to be the be the game-winner as the Peterborough defense shut down any opportunity that Victoria could sniff late in the game. Peterborough was able to walk away with the 7-5 victory and their third consecutive Mann Cup.