Four-time world champion Canada defeated USA 16-6 on day 1 of round robin play at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC), held at Langley Events Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Canadian goalie Dillon Ward, and the stingy defensemen in front of him, including Robert Hope and Dan Coates, held the USA to two goals in the first half while Canada’s offense, led by Mark Matthews (3g/4a), tallied nine scores by halftime.
A seven-goal deficit would prove insurmountable for the USA in the second half.
Ward saved 36 of 42 shots in Canada’s decisive win.
Canada will meet England this afternoon, Friday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m. MT. Later, at 8:30 p.m. MT, the USA will face Israel. Both games will be available to live-stream for free at TFSE TV and LSN.
The team posing the greatest threat to the USA and Canada in the 2019 WILC is Iroquois Nationals. Iroquois dealt Israel a 17-6 blow on Thursday afternoon and get a break before challenging the USA on Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 p.m. MT.
Over the weekend, 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.