|The Thompsons will have a large role in tonight's game against Team USA (photo / T. Flynn)|
Denver, CO - In a match anticipated well east of the Rockies, the Iroquois Nationals will face Team USA at the FIL Lacrosse World Championships tonight at 7 pm EST. The United States is 4-0 in the Blue Division, while the Nationals are 3-1. Iroquois lost a closely-contested game to Canada (3-1) on Sunday, 9-8, and then beat Australia (2-2), 12-10, on Monday. It will be their third game in as many days.
The 'Thompson Trio' (brothers Lyle, Miles, and cousin Ty) that led the University of Albany Great Danes to a convincing win in the first-round of the NCAA playoffs this spring will be a key part of the Iroquois' offensive attack. They are augmented by two additional Thompson brothers, Jeremy and Jerome. Lyle and Miles shared the Tewaaraton Award this year as college lacrosse's best players.
The field for the championships is comprised of nine divisions with six teams in the Blue Division and four teams per division in the remaining eight. The Nationals, US, and Canada all compete in the Blue Division along with Australia, Japan (0-4), and England (0-4).
The best team outside that group at present is Israel (5-0), which has rattled off five straight impressive wins, including a sweep of their Orange Division foes and a victory over Ireland (3-1) and Germany (3-1). The Irish squad features 12 players with American heritage or connections, while Israel also has a high US presence, including 26 players with American ties. Scotland (5-0) is another undefeated, five-win club.
|Ireland Lacrosse shown here against Bermuda (photo / Irish Lax)|