COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Nine nations made their debut in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, the largest international lacrosse championship in history. A record 38 nations are participating in this year’s championship.
Weather delayed the nightcap doubleheader for more than 90 minutes to cap a day full of action with 18 games, but it was worth the wait. Australia rallied for a wild 14-13 double overtime victory against Japan. Australia scored twice in the final 1:09 of regulation to force overtime and then won it in the second overtime on Nigel Morton’s third goal of the game. Morton’s three goals led Australia and James Lawerson had two goals and an assist. Ryu Matsushita led Japan’s offense with two goals and two assists.
In the final game, the Iroquois Nationals trailed England 2-1 early in the second quarter, but then scored the final six goals of the first half to take a 7-2 lead on its way to a 15-4 victory. Jerome Thompson and Lyle Thompson each had three goals for the Nationals and Miles Thompson added a goal and three assists. Samuel Russell led England with two goals.
Israel was the lone first time participant to record a victory, beating Sweden 19-4. Hong Kong rallied for a dramatic 13-12 overtime win against Austria. Hong Kong tied the game with 38 seconds left to force the overtime.
Recaps of Friday’s remaining games follow:
Netherland 19, China 4: Scott Janssen tallied six goals, including three on a 5-0 run by the Netherlands to open the game as the Dutch spoiled China’s FIL debut. Graham Bergsma and James van de Veerdonk each added three goals for the Netherlands. Harrison Zhu was outstanding in goal for China, making 24 saves Tyler Buchan led China’s offense with three goals.
Switzerland 10, Latvia 5: Switzerland scored three straight goals to open the fourth quarter and break open a tight game on its way to a victory. Phillip Sponagel opened that scoring run and finished with a game-high four goals while Luis Zurkirchen added three and Tyson Ehinger made 20 saves. Christopher Zarins led Latvia with three goals.
Italy 14, Norway 9: Italy dominated the first half taking an 8-2 lead and held off Norway in the final quarter. Thomas Filbotte led Italy with four goals and John St. John, one of three Italy players with three goals, had two fourth quarter goals after Norway had cut the lead to 11-8. Per-Arne Winsnes Kvalvag led Norway with three goals.
Bermuda 9, France 7: Bermuda scored two goals in the final four minutes to break a 7-7 tie on its way to a victory. Stephen Michel broke the tie with 3:50 to go and Drew Jenkins added an insurance goal less than a minute later. Jenkins led Bermuda with three goals while Kevin Bertrand led France with three.
Wales 10, Russia 2: James Richardson made eight saves to help Wales shut down Russia in a victory. Paul Simpson and Rhondi Stanford each had a pair of goals for Wales and David Diamonon and Jacob Richards each had goals for Russia.
Hong Kong 13, Austria 12 (OT): Matthew Silverio tied the game with 38 seconds remaining in regulation and then scored the first goal in overtime to help Hong Kong rally for a win. Jay Wich added a second overtime goal to give Hong Kong a 13-11 lead. Klaus Hauer scored for Austria early in the second overtime period, but that was the final goal. Silverio led Hong Kong with five goals and Hauer, who had given Austria an 11-10 lead late in the fourth quarter, also had five goals.
Scotland 24, Thailand 3: Jordan McBride had a 10-point morning (7g, 3a) and Jimmy McBride added nine (5g, 4a) as Scotland rolled over Thailand. Thailand’s Reed Barbe scored with 4:10 left in the opening quarter to cut Scotland’s lead to 15-1, but then Scotland went on a 15-goal run. Cameron Chinvarakorn led Thailand with two goals while Barbe added two assists.
Finalnd 19, Colombia 0: Jarno Aaltonen poured in seven goals as Finland blanked Colombia. Finland outshot Colombia 46-5 and Roope Jokela and Rick Sainthill each added three goals. Colombia goalie Fabian Ortiz made 18 saves.
Slovakia 15, Republic of Korea 6: Slovakia scored the first six goals of the game and then finished with a strong six-goal fourth quarter to down Korea. Noah Hoselton led Slovakia with three goals and Tomas Lichter had two of the first three goals of the game. Eungyoo Ryoo led Korea with three goals and Korea’s Jaeyeong Jeong won 16-of-22 faceoffs.
Israel 19, Sweden 4: Israel made its FIL debut a victorious one with a win over Sweden. Israel jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening quarter and led 14-1 at the half. Ari Sussman led the way with five goals and Matthey Cherry added three goals. Sten Jernudd had two goals for Sweden.
Czech Republic 12, Turkey 3: After 25 minutes the Czech Republic led Turkey 1-0, but then its offense heated up, moving out to an 8-0 lead midway through the third quarter. Tyler Rinko ended Turkey’s drought, tallying a goal at the 8:38 mark of the third quarter. Dominik Pesek and Chet Koneczny each had three goals for the Czech Republic and Bijan Firouzan had a goal and an assist for Turkey.
Poland 23, Costa Rica 1: Jan Rydzak had six goals and three assists as Poland cruised to victory. Wojciech Filipek added five goals as Poland held Costa Rica scoreless for the first 64 minutes. James Collins had Costa Rica’s lone tally.
New Zealand 19, Argentina 2: New Zealand ripped off 60 shots on its way to a win over Argentina. It was the Clayton show for New Zealand with Andrew (5g), John (4g), Mike (3g) and Richard (2g) combining for 14 goals. Octavio Bernabo had a goal and an assist for Argentina and former Johns Hopkins standout Mike Gvozden made 25 saves for Argentina.
Mexico 14, Spain 10: Mike Vila had four goals and two assists and Joe Vila added three goals and two assists as Mexico overcame an early deficit to post its first ever win in an FIL World Championship. Danny DiBono, Danny de la Casa and Ryan Viadero all had three goals for Spain.
Germany 12, Belgium 4: Paced by three goals and three assists by Hendrik du Bois-Reymond, Germany opened pool play with a victory over Belgium, rolling to a 6-2 lead at the half and pulling away late with four fourth quarter scores. Simon Giourmetakis, Phillipp Broz and Andrew Rullan also scored two goals each for Germany while Chris Mattes (13-for-14) dominated at the X. In its FIL debut, Belgium got a goal and an assist from Rodrigue Spillebeen.
Ireland 17, Uganda 1: Tom Riley scored four goals as Ireland beat Uganda in the first FIL game for Uganda. Uganda’s Casiro Onen scored with 4:41 left in the third quarter to record the Cranes first goal and got a nice acknowledgement from Hall of Fame Coach Richie Moran, a member of the Ireland delegation .The game was called before the start of the fourth quarter due to lightning delays.
Saturday, July 12 (Note some changes on schedule due
to heavy rains on Friday night)
8 a.m. – Korea vs. Sweden, Field 10
8:30 a.m. – Austria vs. Germany, Field 8
10 a.m. – Uganda vs. Bermuda, Field 1 (note time and field change)
10 a.m. – Colombia vs. Spain, Field 6 (note time change)
10:30 a.m. – Norway vs. Netherlands, Field 3
11 a.m. – France vs. Ireland, Field 10
11:30 a.m. – Belgium vs. Hong Kong, Field 5
11:30 a.m. – Argentina vs. Wales, Field 8
1:30 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Scotland, Field 3 (note time and field change)
2 p.m. – Russia vs. New Zealand, Field 1 (note time change)
2 p.m. – Japan vs. Iroquois Nationals, Field 10
2:30 p.m. – Thailand vs. Latvia, Field 5 (note field change)
2:30 p.m. – Finland vs. Mexico, Field 8
3:30 p.m. – Turkey vs. Poland, Field 6
5 p.m. – Australia vs. United States, Field 10
5:30 p.m. – China vs. Italy, Field 3 (note time change)
5:30 p.m. – Costa Rica vs. Czech Republic, Field 8
8 p.m. – Canada vs. England, Field 10
8:35 p.m. – Israel vs. Slovakia, Field 8