WILC Day Five Recap: Bracket Play Is Set

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Day five of the 2019 WILC saw pool play come to and end and bracket play officially be set in stone.  Continue reading “WILC Day Five Recap: Bracket Play Is Set”

Late-Game Explosion Helps Push Canada Past Iroquois

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Canada (4-0) wrapped up pool play with an impressive 19-12 win over the Iroquois Nationals (3-1) on Monday night. Both Canada and Iroquois will advance to the championship bracket semifinals.  Continue reading “Late-Game Explosion Helps Push Canada Past Iroquois”

USA Wraps Up Pool Play With Decisive Victory Over England

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USA (2-2) wrapped up pool play with a very decisive victory over England (0-4) on Monday night. Both teams will advance to the championship bracket with USA advancing to the quarterfinals and England facing Finland in the first round.  Continue reading “USA Wraps Up Pool Play With Decisive Victory Over England”

WILC Day Four Recap

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Day four 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
24 Czech Republic Germany 11-6
25 Netherlands Switzerland 15-10
26 Scotland Mexico 20-7
27 Serbia Hong Kong 22-16
28 Canada Israel 17-5
29 Finland Costa Rica 21-4
30 Australia Sweden 22-10
31 Iroquois England 19-5

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Canada Blows Out Israel, Moves To 3-0 In Pool Play

Iroquois Sprint Past England In 19-5 Victory


DAY Four THREE STARS

⭐️ Pete Dubenski, G, Czech Republic

In what was more of a goaltender battle than the stat sheet shows, Dubenski stepped up huge for Czech Republic in their 11-6 win over Germany. Dubenski especially showed up in the fourth to help his team go on a huge game-winning run. 

⭐️⭐️ Graham Bergsma, F, Netherlands

In a fairly close contest against Switzerlands, Bergsman led the way on the offensive end as he tallied nine points (4G/5A) in the victory.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ ILLIJA GAJIC, F, SERBIA

In Serbia’s 22-16 win over Hong Kong, Gajic made a huge impact on the offensive end of the floor as a catalyst for that offense, especially during that huge fourth quarter run which ultimately won them the game. Gajic tallied eight points (2G/6A) in the win.

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.

Tehoka Nanticoke’s Crazy Loose Ball 

Everything Tehoka does on the lacrosse floor is just better, including picking up loose balls. 

Nate Clare Wraparound Goal

Nate Clare took flight against Iroquois, diving from behind the net to stuff the ball right past the Iroquois goaltender.

 

Iroquois Sprint Past England In 19-5 Victory

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The Iroquois Nationals (3-0) were able to take down England (0-3) 19-5 in a dominating victory on Sunday night. Both teams wrap up pool play tomorrow as Iroquois will take on Canada and England will play USA. 

Note: Iroquois star forward Lyle Thompson was not in the lineup, once again, after sustaining an injury in the opening minutes of Iroquois game against Israel on Thursday. 

Outshooting England 71-30 in the contest, Iroquois was able to use their fiery offense to wear out the England defense and continue to break them down more and more each quarter. 

Iroquois got things started with two quick goals from Brandon Goodwin and Randy Staats before England answered just one minute later with Nate Clare diving from behind the net to put it past Warren Hill. The Iroquois really got going midway through the first, going on a three-goal run and really stifling England’s offense. 

England ended the first quarter with a goal from Tyson Roe, but that would be the last bit of offensive production they would see for the rest of the half. Starting with two consecutive goals from Tehoka Nantickoe and ending with two from Jordan Durston, Iroquois scored six unanswered to go ahead 11-2 heading into halftime. 

Despite England was able to get momentum early in the third with Lyndon Bunio getting the scoring started adding two more later on, the Iroquois were able to take over just as usual. The Iroquois saw Cody Jamieson, Kyle Jackson, and Zed Williams each find the back of the net in the final minutes of the third to put them ahead 17-5 heading into the fourth. 

Jerome Thompson and Brandon Goodwin scored in the fourth quarter to extend the Iroquois run to five and secure the 19-5 win. 

 

Canada Blows Out Israel, Moves To 3-0 In Pool Play

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Canada (3-0) took down Israel (1-3) in a lopsided victory on Sunday evening. Israel is now finished with pool play while Canada still has one game left against the Iroquois Nationals on Monday night. 

While this one may have been a blowout, things were closer early on than expected due to the play of goalie Zach Higgins and the Israel defense in general. Higgings, who only played the first half, faced 20 shots in the first quarter alone and only allowed three to get past him. 

However, Christian Del-Bianco and the Canada defense brought even more intensity as they kept Israel’s time of possessions to a minimum all game long and really gave them trouble in transition as Israel had difficulty setting up their offense at times. 

With a 3-0 lead heading into the second, Canada started to pull away quickly with Ben McIntosh, Dhane Smith, and Eli McLaughlin scoring three straight. All three goals came nearly a minute apart. Canada’s run lasted until the end of the second when Jean-Luc Chetner got Israel on the board with just 49 seconds of the clock. 

Canada held a 9-1 lead at half and, again, quickly expanded that with a three-goal run to start the third. Shayne Jackson, Ben McIntosh, and Curtis Dickson all found the back of the net during that run. Bryan Hopper got Israel their second goal of the game on a power-play goal with 9:26 in the third. 

A three-goal run at the end of the third put Canada up 15-2 before Daniel Applebaum scored for Israel in the final minutes of the third, making it a 15-3 Canada lead entering the fourth quarter. 

With the running clock rule in effect, Israel saw their last two goals come early in the fourth as Jean-Luc Chetner and Zachary Pall found the back of the net. Shayne Jackson and Robert Church scored the final two goal for Canada, securing the 17-5 victory. 

 

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.