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.
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.
Canada defeated Iroquois 13-10 in the WJLC championship game on Sunday night to capture their second-straight Gold Medal. It was a game of runs with both Canada and Iroquois going back-and-forth all game Canada was able to hold on after a few big runs to secure the win and capture gold.
The game started with a lot of back-and-forth play early on as both goalies stood tall through the first few minutes of the game. Owen Hill finally broke the ice, getting Iroquois on the board first with just 12:43 in the first. Hill’s goal was the first of a five-goal run throughout the first quarter for Iroquois.
Iroquois dominated the first quarter on both ends of the floor, and while moving at a pace that Canada seemed to have a difficult time adjusting too. Also, Gagr King made some insane stops to blank Canada in the first.
Sam LeClair finally got Canada on the board early in the second, ripping one from the outside during a 4v4 situation. Just a few minutes later Kenan Pilon got Canada their second goal of the game in another 4v4 situation, cutting the Iroquois lead to 5-2. Canada pushed their run to six goals to take a 6-5 lead heading into the half.
After some heavy defensive play to start the third quarter Isaiah Skidders finally got Iroquois back on the board, tying things up at 6 with 11:55 in the period. Jeremy Bomberry gave Iroquois back the 7-6 lead less than a minute later, using a great screen to rip one from the outside.
Canada answered with Sam LeClair dunking it in from behind the goal, tying things up at 7. Canada scored two more late in the third to grab a 9-7 lead and give them a ton of momentum heading into the fourth.
Early in the fourth, Canada continued their run as they extended their lead to 10-7. Iroquois was able to get settled in once again, but Canada ultimately was able to stay ahead and walk away victorious in this one.
After Saturday’s semifinal games, Canada and Iroquois have advanced to the championship game on Sunday. On Saturday, Canada took down Israel and Iroquois took down USA to advance to the championship. This will be the second straight year that Canada and Iroquois will face each other in the championship game. With the talent on both sides, this year’s matchup is expected to be just as competitive, if not more, as last year’s 15-10 Canada win.
Iroquois absolutely dominated USA, winning by a score of 23-6. While things started a little slower on both sides, Iroquois took over about midway through the first. They took a 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, keeping their foot on the gas through the rest of the game. USA just couldn’t match the sheer talent of Iroquois this time around.
Canada defeated Israel in the same fashion as they did in pool play. In the 18-4 Canada win, it was much closer for a greater portion of the game than the last matchup between these two. Israel was able to hang in there in the first quarter with Canada only lead 4-2 heading into the second. However, Canada’s talent soon proved to be too much for Israel as Canada took a 10-3 lead into the half and never looked back, routing Israel in the second half to secure the win.
In addition to the two semifinal games on Saturday, Australia beat Poland 19-10 in the fifth-place game. Australia finished the WJLC with a 2-2 overall record while Poland ends with a 1-3 overall record.
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.
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.
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
On Thursday afternoon US Lacrosse released the 23-man roster and seven alternative players for the upcoming World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC) that will take place in Langley, British Columbia from September 19th-28th.
This years US team is led by New York Riptide head coach and general manager Regy Thorpe, who captained the 2007 US WILC team. Thrope has over twenty years of coaching experience that he brings with him into leading this team.
Of the players selected to the 23-man roster, 16 played in the NLL this past season. In addition, seven players were members of the US WILC team in 2015.
Some of the notable players that were named to the US 23-man roster include Trevor Baptiste, Matt Rambo, Tom Schreiber, John Rannagan, Brett Manney, and others. Baptiste and Rambo played for the Philadelphia Wings this past season and were named to the NLL All-Rookie team last week.
With 94 points (29G/65A) Schreiber led the Toronto Rock in scoring and was tied for seventh in the NLL this past season. Rannagan (New York) and Manney (New England) have been two of the top defenders on their teams over their NLL careers. Rannagan was selected by New York in the expansion draft following a three-year sting in Georgia.
The US has won Bronze at every WILC tournament since its inception in 2003. Canada has always won Gold while Iroquois has always won Silver. The US will be in the Blue Pool with Canada, Iroquois, Israel, and England.
Full US Roster
Gowah Abrams, Goalie – Philadelphia Wings Trevor Baptiste, Transition/FO – Philadelphia Wings Connor Buczek, Transition Greg Downing, Transition – New England Blackwolves Matt Dunn, Defense – Georgia Swarm Tim Edwards, Transition – Colorado Mammoth Anthony Kelly, Transition Connor Kelly, Forward – New York Riptide Jacob Lazore, Goalie Brett Manney, Defense – New England Blackwolves David Mather, Goalie Kieran McArdle, Forward – New York Riptide Ethan O’Conno, Defense – Buffalo Bandits Chris O’Dougherty, Defense – Vancouver Warriors Cody Radziewicz, Transition Matt Rambo, Forward – Philadelphia Wings John Ranagan, Defense – New York Riptide Joe Resetarits, Forward – New England Blackwolves Blaze Riorden, Forward – Philadelphia Wings Tom Schrieber, Forward – Toronto Rock Taylor Stuart, Transition – Colorado Mammoth Gale Thorpe, Forward Joel White, Transition
Brent Adams, Transition – Colorado Mammoth Kevin Buchanan, Forward – New England Blackwolves David Emala, Forward – New England Blackwolves Eli Gobrecht, Defense Marcus Holman, Forward Nick Mariano, Forward Adam Osika, Transition – Philadelphia Wings
Many in the United States think of college lacrosse as NCAA DI-DIII, NAIA, and NJCAA (JuCo), and the various club leagues. While those are all great options and very well known levels of college lacrosse there are more options out there, you just have to look beyond the borders of the U.S.
It may come to as a surprise to some, but you can play competitive college lacrosse on multiple continents, and in some cases it could be cheaper than playing and going to school here in the United States.
While the most competitive college lacrosse you will find outside of the United States is in Canada there are leagues in Europe and a growing college lacrosse presence in Asia as well.
Here is a continent by continent breakdown of these other opportunities to play college lacrosse outside of the United States:
To date, I don’t know of any case where someone from the United States has gone over to Asia and played college lacrosse, but it’s certainly possible.
The only college lacrosse league that I am aware of in Asia is in Japan, but there could be others. The league in Japan has been growing for sometime now and they are starting to attract thousands of fans to their games, pretty much selling out small high scholl sized stadiums.
It seems that their season works similar to European soccer where there are multiple leagues, or stages, and play in both the fall, winter, and spring.
Over the years there have been some Japanese teams come over and scrimmage NCAA teams during the fall. This past fall one team that came over was Waseda from Tokyo.They played Navy, Johns Hopkins, and a few DIII schools and actually faired better than some might think against that level of talent. Waseda actually beat Goucher and McDaniel pretty bad.
Japanese lacrosse certainly no where near NCAA DI yet, and you need to speak Japanese to even go to school there, but playing college lacrosse in Japan could be a viable option for a very select few.
College lacrosse in Europe has certainly evolved over the years, and continues to do so. While the United Kingdom has the best league with lacrosse being a BUCS sanctioned sport, there are colleges that have lacrosse in other countries as well.
There are college club teams and men’s club teams not associated with colleges in countries like Sweden, Germany, and others where you can actually go to college tuition-free even as an international student, and take classes taught in English.
College lacrosse in the United Kingdom has a long a storied history that goes back 103 years to the first game played between Oxford and Cambridge. These two schools have been playing lacrosse the longest and now there are around 100 schools that play lacrosse in the United Kingdom, competing in BUCS.
There have been plenty of players head to the United Kingdom to play college lacrosse as a post-grad, but heading over there while an undergrad has also been done a few times as well.
While going to Europe to got to college and play lacrosse may not be the most practical option for every player, it is certainly one that has its benefits and has been tested by many.
The game of lacrosse was born in North America so it makes sense that the best college leagues exist here, and it isn’t just in the United States. The best place to play college lacrosse outside of the United States is Canada, obviously. With the CUFLA and MUFLL there are real practical options for players to take their talents north and play high-level college lacrosse.
In addition, Mexico also has a growing number of colleges that are fielding lacrosse teams and some schools are actually starting to recognize them as varsity teams instead of just club teams.
The CUFLA is the oldest college lacrosse league in Canada and is based in Ontario and Quebec. This league is very competitive and has produced many pro lacrosse players over the years. There have also been an influx of players from the United States heading north to play in CUFLA. The league even gets coverage from outlets like Inside Lacrosse. We also have CUFLA coverage on Lacrosse Bucket each fall.
The MUFLL is based in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and is equally competitive but seems to be mostly teams that are club teams and not supported by their schools. CUFLA has more teams that are actually varsity teams and supported by their school and a few that aren’t.
In addition to those two leagues, there are also colleges in British Columbia that have lacrosse teams as well.
While lacrosse isn’t a sanctioned college sport in Canada, you read that right, it is still equally competitive as NCAA. In fact there are actually a few players that have transferred from NCAA to CUFLA.
For players in the United States, Canada is the best option to play college lacrosse outside of the U.S. and likely always will be. It is a real option for players across the country, providing a great education and great playing experience.
The schedule, seedings, and pools for the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC) have been announced. The 20-team tournament is set to take place in Langley, BC from September 19th-28th.
It will be the largest WILC tournament on record with 20 teams participating. Teams are broken up into four pools of five teams and are seeded 1-20 as well. Seedings are based on performance at the 2015 WILC which only had 13 teams participate.
7. Czech Republic
18. Hong Kong
20. Costa Rica
Blue: Canada, Iroquois, USA, Israel, England
Yellow: Ireland, Serbia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Hong Kong
Orange: Australia, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Costa Rica
The Blue pool is the top pool and teams are based on their performance at the 2015 WILC. Past the Blue pool, teams were circle-seeded based on teams eligible for championship and geographic diversity.
During pool play each team will play every other team in their pool. The five teams in the Blue pool and the top teams in the Yellow, Green, and Orange pool will be placed in the championship bracket.
Outside of those top eight teams, the rest of the teams will be seeded 9-20 and compete in the placement bracket. You can find the official brackets here. Pool play will last for five days with Costa Rica and Australia kicking things off on Thursday, September 19th at 10:30am PT. You can find the official schedule here.
The fourth and final dat of E-Box was just as exciting as the rest. We saw four games to cap off a great event, and while the score line may not show it, the games were pretty much all competitive for the most part. At the conclusion of the 2019 E-Box tournament, Canada U-20, Israel, and Netherlands were the only three teams that did not lose a single game through the four-day event.
Scotland 11, Norway 4
It was a slow start for both of these squads as it was just a 1-1 game at the end of the first. In the second and third Scotland started to pick up the pace as their offense was moving the ball well and firing on all cylinders. Norway just didn’t have much of an answer as far as defense goes. Scotland really exploded in the fourth as they rode that momentum to an 11-4 win.
Matthew Hill helped lead Scotland with four goals in the win. Norway saw four different goal scorers as Sondre Glimsdal led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist. In goal, Max Erikson made 38 saves for Norway while Dylan Cowman made 21 saves for Scotland.
Israel 13, Ireland 4
In this one Israel got out early and never really looked back. After taking a 4-2 lead at the end of the first, Israel stretched the lead to 6-4 at the end of the second. While Ireland was able to get a little something going in the second they would be held scoreless in both the third and fourth quarters. Israel took it to Ireland on both ends of the floor as they were the much better team today, walking away with the win.
Israel was led by Drew Lazar who had three goals in the win, among others who heavily contributed as well. For Ireland, they saw Sean Gibson lead the way with 2 goals in the game. In goal, Jon McMillan made 45 saves for Ireland and Jerryd Jensen made 27 saves for Israel.
Canada U-20 24, Switzerland 2
This one was never close as Canada U-20 dominated Switzerland from the opening faceoff. Switzerland only scored in the first and the third as they were held scoreless in both the second and fourth quarters of the game. Canada U-20 flexed their muscle ran straight to victory in this one.
Switzerland saw Lukas Heri score both of their goals while Luke Pilcher tallied six goals in the win for Canada U-20. Laine Hruska made 19 saves as the starter for Canada U-20 while Alexander Meier made 31 saves for Switzerland.
Hong Kong 12, Sweden 11
In the only real close game of the day, Hong Kong secured the one-goal win over Sweden. A strong start for Hong Kong helped them get out to an early lead before Sweden came roaring back in the second quarter. After leading just 6-5 at the end of the second Hong Kong put together a strong third to take the lead 11-7 heading into the fourth. While Sweden played very well in the fourth, Hong Kong was able to hang on for the win.
Geoffrey Ling helped lead Hong Kong with three goals in the win, amongst many other contributors. For Sweden, Charlie Lesage helped lead the way with two goals. Wilson Wong made 8 saves in goal fro Hong Kong while the starter Janssen Chow made 7 saves. Richard Zeidlitz made 33 saves in goal for Sweden as the starter.