Canada downed England 19-2 and the Iroquois Nationals beat the Czech Republic 17-4 as pool play concluded at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Canada and the Iroquois both earned byes to the semifinal round.
Below is a recap of those two final blue division games on Day Five.
Canada Finishes Unbeaten as FIL Pool Play Ends
(ONONDAGA NATION) Medal favorites Canada and the Iroquois Nationals were victorious as pool play action concluded at the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday.
Canada rolled over England 19-2 to finish pool play 4-0 and earn the No. 1 seed for bracket play, and a berth to the semifinals. Ryan Benesch had a team-high five goals for Canada and Shawn Evans, Curtis Dickson and Dhane Smith each added three goals. Evans led the Canadians with an impressive 10 assists. Cole Shafer had a pair of goals for England.
The Iroquois Nationals also secured a bye to the semifinals by beating the Czech Republic 17-4 to wrap up the No. 2 seed. After a scoreless first quarter, Lyle Thompson scored back-to-back goals to open the second quarter, but the Czech Republic hung around. The Iroquois lead was just 5-3 early in the third quarter, but the Iroquois then scored six consecutive goals and held the Czech Republic to just one goal over the final 24 minutes of the game. Thompson led the Iroquois with four goals to go along with three assists and Miles Thompson and Austin Staats each had three goals. Dominik Pešek led the Czech Republic with three goals.
The United States begins bracket play on Thursday with a quarterfinal match-up against Ireland. The U.S. went 2-2 in pool play to earn the No. 3 seed from the Blue Division. If the U.S. defeats Ireland, it will play the Iroquois Nationals in the semifinals on Friday.
Canada 19, England 2
Iroquois Nationals 17, Czech Republic 4
WILC 2015 – Day Six Photos
Photos: Coyote Magic Action Images
Thursday’s Schedule and Broadcast/Streaming Sources
Serbia vs Australia 10:30A (Onondaga Arena)
Turkey vs Switzerland 1:30P (Onondaga Arena)
QUARTERFINAL: USA vs Ireland 4:30P (Onondaga Arena)
QUARTERFINAL: Israel vs Czech Republic 7:30P (Onondaga Arena)
— Staff Reports
LaxMagazine.com (republished with permission)
Original Article: Canada Finishes Unbeaten as FIL Pool Play Ends
About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 52 member nations and holds five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor.) The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.