In the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship semifinals on Thursday, September 26, Canada blew out England 21-4, and the USA nearly defeated the Iroquois Nationals, ultimately falling 9-7 after a late Iroquois charge.
England got off to a sudden start, getting two surprising goals past Canadian netminder Mike Poulin early. Tallies by Canada’s Dane Dobbie and Dhane Smith knotted the game at 2-all by 12:30 in the first quarter. Then, with a marker by Robert Church at 11:43 on the clock in the first, Canada took the lead and never gave it back.
The contest between the USA and the Iroquois was much tighter. Back-and-forth play led to ties in the second quarter (2-2), the third quarter (5-5) and the fourth quarter (6-6). In perhaps the most critical minutes of the matchup, as the clock ran low in the fourth quarter, the Iroquois took off on a three-goal tear; a run that decided the game.
The USA will square off with England for the WILC bronze medal this evening, Saturday, September 28, at 6 p.m. MT.
Later tonight, at 9 p.m. MT, Canada will contest the Iroquois Nationals in the WILC gold-medal game. This will be the fifth-straight meeting between the rival teams in a WILC final. A Canadian victory would mark the team’s fifth consecutive world championship win.
Canada and the Iroquois have already faced off once during 2019 WILC pool play. Canada routed the Iroquois 19-12.
The 2019 WILC Finals will be available to live-stream free on TFSE TV and at LSN. For behind-the-scenes action, follow 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship @WILC2019, Team Canada @CanadaLacrosse and Team USA @USAMLax.
Dillon Ward, Robert Hope, Dan Coates and Eli McLaughlin are the Mammoth players to watch on Team Canada. Mammoth general manager and head coach Pat Coyle is on the bench for Canada as an assistant coach. Tim Edwards and Taylor Stuart are the Mammoth players to watch on Team USA.