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Canada Tops Japan and Non-Blue Pool Knockout Play Opens

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports | Twitter | World Lacrosse 2014

While Blue Division play continues through tonight's final round of action, the other divisions began knockout play on Monday at the FIL World Championship, with teams jockeying for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals and a shot to finish in the top eight and elite status.

The United States improved to 4-0 with a rout of England, and Iroquois Nationals took a big win over Australia after a rain delay to move to 3-1 with tonight's bout with Team USA looming. In the lower division brackets, New Zealand, Scotland, Germany and Israel all advanced a step closer to a berth in the quarterfinals, where today's winners will advance to play the bottom four Blue Division teams (and the winners there will play the top two Blue Division teams in the semifinals).

Uganda also made headlines on Monday, becoming the first African nation to win a game in international play, coming back late to defeat Korea. In the tournament, seven first-time nations have earned at least one victory, with Turkey, Israel, Russia, Thailand, China and Belgium all notching at least one in Denver.

Results/Recaps from Monday

Canada 20, Japan 3

One night after beating the Iroquois Nationals in a thriller, Canada had an easier time on Monday afternoon, beating Japan 20-3 to improve to 3-1 in the Blue Division.

Mark Matthews led the attack with an eight-point game (5g, 3a) while Jeremy Noble had four goals and Curtis Dickson, the hero of last night's game had three goals and two assists. Geoff Snider won 11-of-15 faceoffs in the game and Dillon Ward and Brennan Donville combined for nine saves in goal.

Yuji Tadahira, Wataru Tsugu, and Andrew Lay all scored for Japan.

Scotland 9, Finland 6

Scotland's defense played well in a 9-6 victory over Finland that moved Scotland one stage closer to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Scotland will play the winner of this morning's Netherlands - New Zealand game tomorrow and the winner of that game will move onto the quarterfinals.

Scotland goalie Ethan Harris made 10 saves and coach John Kenney was pleased with the way his overall defensive unit performed in the game. Offensively, Kyle Buchanan led the way with three goals and one assist, all three of the games coming in consecutive fashion to push Scotland from a 2-1 lead to a 5-1 advantage. Jordan McBride added two goals and two assists.

Nick Ranta led Finland with two goals and an assist and Sami Grasbeck won 12-of-18 faceoffs.

Israel 18, Ireland 9

Israel took nearly 10 minutes to find the back of the net, but then got rolling and beat Ireland 18-9. Lee Coppersmith had five goals and was one of 10 players to score goals for Israel. Cole McCormack and Michael Grosz combined to win 22-of-31 faceoffs for Israel. Tom Riley had four goals for Ireland and Tom Burke had two goals and three assists.

Belgium is one of the seven teams to earn wins as first-time participants so far this tournament. (Scott McCall)

Germany 9, Czech Republic 5

Germany, the sixth place finisher at the 2010 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England, defeated the Czech Republic 9-5 behind four goals from Hendrik du Bois-Reymond and three goals from Simon Giourmetakis. After Radek Skala scored for the Czech Republic with 13:24 to go in the third quarter to cut Germany's lead to 5-3, Germany went on a three-goal run with two of them by duBois-Reymond. Pavel Dosly had two goals and two assists for the Czech Republic and Jakub Nosek scored twice. Philipp Maas made 12 saves for Germany and Jakub Drozd made 12 for the Czech Republic.

New Zealand 14, Netherlands 10

John Clayton scored three of his five goals in the fourth quarter to help New Zealand pull away from the Netherlands for a 14-10 win. New Zealand will meet Scotland tomorrow with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line.

The game was tied 8-8 late in the third quarter when Andrew Clayton scored on an assist from John Clayton with 1:16 to play to give New Zealand a 9-8 lead. New Zealand then outscored the Netherlands 5-2 in the final quarter to pull away.

John Clayton's five goals led New Zealand while Mike Clayton had three goals and Andrew Clayton had four assists to go along with his game-winning goal. James van de Veerdonk led the Netherlands with five goals and also won 14-of-23 faceoffs.

Poland 14, Hong Kong 4

Poland led just 3-2 midway through the second quarter, but then scored seven consecutive goals to pull away. Michael Poch and Colin Jesien each had three goals for Poland and Christian Dzwilews and Kacper Andrzejczak combined to make 12 saves in goal. Hang Wai Wong had a goal and two assists for Hong Kong.

China 9, Argentina 7

In a match-up of outstanding goalies, China edged Argentina 9-7 to earn its first-ever FIL victory. China's Harrison Zhu and Argentina's Michael Gvozden came into today leading the tournament by a longshot in saves with 59 and 57, respectively. Zhu made 10 and Gvozden made 13 as China edged out Argentina for the win. Tyler Buchan scored five times for China while Nik Hodosy-Brander and Mriano Nakada had two each for Argentina.

Belgium 18, Costa Rica 4

Belgium was a big winner on Monday, defeating Costa Rica 18-4 behind four goals from Kevin McKeown and three goals and three assists from Brendan Murphy. Diego Spillebeen also won 14-of-20 faceoffs for Belgium. Carson Jones had two goals and an assist for Costa Rica.

Thailand 12, Colombia 3

Thailand was also a first-time winner, beating Colombia 12-3. Colton McCaffery had two goals and four assists for Thailand and Ben Brown made 10 saves while allowing just two goals in one half of play. Liew Porkulwat added two goals and two assists. Timothy Drumta had a goal and an assist for Colombia.

Latvia 21, Spain 3

Latvia got big games from Eli Lasda (4g,4a), Christopher Zarins (3g, 4a), Arturs Krastins (4g) and Gatis Zeps (1g, 4a) to beat Spain 21-3. Spain goalie Alvaro Couceiro made 15 saves, Fernando Martinez won 19-of-28 faceoffs and Danny de la Casa had two goals.

Slovakia 17, France 6

Slovakia scored the first seven goals of the game on its way to beating France 17-6. Ivan Cernak led the team with three goals and three assists. Kevin Bertrand and Felix DeClercq each scored two for France.

Wales 16, Italy 7

Seven players scored multiple goals for Wales in its 16-7 win over Italy, led by Paul Simpson who had three to go along with his four assists. Stephen McDermott added two goals and three assists. Thomas Filbotte and John St. John each had two for Italy.

Norway 14, Russia 7

Norway outscored Russia 8-0 in the second quarter on its way to a 14-7 victory. Norway's Niklas Sparr Johnse won 17-of-22 faceoffs to help them dominate possession and Per Arne Winsnes Kvalvag had seven points (2g, 5a). Aksel Kvaal and Lars Rysst also had three goals each. Dmitri Khamlin and Jacob Richards each scored twice for Russia.

Turkey 7, Austria 2

Turkey goalie Jacob Adoni made 12 saves while allowing just two goals as Turkey shut down Austria 7-2. Bijan Firouzan had two goals and an assist in the victory while Klaus Hauer scored both of Austria's goals.

Sweden 19, Bermuda 4

Six goals and three assists from Kevin Powers helped the Swiss rout Bermuda. Sten Jernudd added three goals and three assists. Bermuda's Drew Jenkins had a goal and an assist and won 15-of-25 faceoffs.

Switzerland 12, Mexico 3

Luis Zurkirchen scored six times despite a game effort from Mexico goalie Alec Gastony. Gastony made 17 saves for Mexico. Felix Stutz added a goal and three assists for Switzerland while Joe Vila led Mexico with a pair of goals.


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