Team USA Coasts by England in Pool Play
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The United States won its fourth straight game of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship on Monday afternoon, coasting past England 20-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Seven different players scored at least two goals and Kevin Leveille and Marcus Holman each posted hat tricks. Rob Pannell finished with two goals and two assists.
Drew Adams got the start in net, while the U.S. coaching staff elected to rest Jesse Schwartzman, who injured his thumb Sunday against Japan. Short-stick defensive midfielder Dan Burns, midfielder Kyle Harrison and attackman Brendan Mundorf were also rested as precautionary measures as the U.S. prepares for a showdown with the Iroquois Nationals at 7 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday in Denver in a final pool play game before elimination games begin.
England drops to 0-4 and Adrian Bennett scored its lone goal in the third quarter.
U.S. faceoff men Chris Eck and Greg Gurenlian combined to win 23 of 24 faceoffs, and Team USA outshot England 65-9 and won the ground ball battle 45-16.
"We thought we'd be better than England and we were," Team USA coach Richie Meade said. "Our faceoff game has been outstanding the last two games and we obviously shortened our lineup up and tried to rest a few guys. We got that done. Our offensive players were very unselfish. I thought the whole team was very unselfish in our approach. We have a very big game [Tuesday] against the Iroquois. We're happy to get through this game without getting anybody banged up, and hopefully we'll get everybody else healthy for [Tuesday]. Overall, it was a good day."
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