Canada Tops US for Lacrosse Crown, Nationals Knock Australia from Podium
|Team Canada's Wesley Berg works against Hopkins' grad Kyle Harrison (Photo / FIL)|
Commerce City, CO - Canada continued to belie the notion that beating the US deserves an "upset" label when it won the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships for the second time in the past three tournaments on Saturday. The Canadians beat Team USA, 8-5, before nearly 12,000 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Canada held the US to one goal through the first half and benefited from the standout play of goalie Dillon Ward, a Bellarmine graduate and current Colorado Mammoth team member. In the final he stopped ten shots, and was later awarded All-World goalie and tournament MVP honors.
Canadian midfielder Kevin Crowley, who scored three goals in the tournament prior to the championship, netted five in the final.
Earlier in the day, the Iroquois Nationals handily defeated perennial medalist Australia, 16-5, to earn the tournament's bronze. It was the first medal for the Nationals since their inaugural play in 1990 and also the first-time in tournament history Australia failed to medal. The US, Canada, and Australia had won every medal since the tournament formally began in 1974, and also controlled the podium in the event's precursor in 1967.
The Thompsons, including Lyle and cousin Jeremy, powered the Nationals and were both named to the All-World team.